Delight your taste buds with Raspberry Tart Ale

Are you a beer enthusiast with a passion for experimentation? Are you also a fan of fruity and zesty flavors that don’t overpower the overall character of the ale? If so, then this raspberry tart ale recipe is just for you.

This recipe is all about creating a well-balanced tart beer with a suave fruitiness that leaves you wanting more. Expertly crafted by Bill, this recipe has become an instant favorite for craft beer enthusiasts around the midwest. And now, it’s time for you to give it a try.

With fresh red raspberries, Irish moss, honey, and pure mineral water as some of the key ingredients in this brew, every sip is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds. The malt bill adds creaminess and depth to the ale while the hop bill helps balance out the tartness of the raspberries. Every element of this recipe has been carefully chosen and proportioned to give you that ultimate raspberry tart lightness flavor.

Whether you’re looking for something refreshing after a long day or trying out new beer flavors, this raspberry tart ale recipe is perfect for all occasions. Be sure to read on for a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions on how to craft your very own raspberry tart ale at home.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bill's Raspberry Tart Ale
Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale

The Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale recipe is a must-try for all craft beer enthusiasts who crave a unique and refreshing beverage that combines the perfect balance of tartness and creaminess. This raspberry tart ale recipe is a perfect representation of Midwest fruit tart lightness that perfectly blends with the fluffy white head on top of this creamy raspberry ale.

Crafted by the master brewers at Ahnapee Brewery, this tart ale recipe uses fresh red raspberries sourced from local farms to enhance its natural fruity flavor without using any artificial coloring or preservatives. As for the grain bill, it comprises malted wheat, barley, and honey that give this ale recipe a natural sweetness without making it overly sugary.

Not only this, but this raspberry ale recipe also boasts of its chocolate raspberry and honey undertones that make it stand out from other sour beers out there in the market. The hop bill features Alamo Rahr Farewell Chicago Tastings Another Beer Bill, which adds just the right amount of bitterness to complement the sweetness of fresh red raspberries.

Whether you are hosting a summer outdoor picnic, enjoying time with friends at home or indulging in some alone-time delighting yourself with a tasty craft beer treat, the Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale is an excellent choice to refresh your taste buds while you sit back and relax.

Trust me; once you try this raspberry tart ale recipe, you will keep coming back to make it again and again. So go ahead and give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A slice of sweet and refreshing raspberry heaven in a glass
A slice of sweet and refreshing raspberry heaven in a glass

Ingredients to make Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale Recipe:

  • Grain bill: It consists of 3.3 lbs of light malt extract, 1 lb of wheat malt, and 2 lbs of pale malt extract.
  • Hop bill: It includes 1 oz of Chinook hops and 2 oz of Cascade hops.
  • Irish moss: Approximately 1 tsp will do the trick as it is used to clarify the wort.
  • Fresh red raspberries: You will need two dry quarts for the recipe. This tart beer has a creamy raspberry flavor that complements every ingredient in the perfect way.
  • Honey: At least one cup will be needed to add a touch of sweetness without overpowering the raspberry tart flavor.
  • Mineral water: Two gallons of pure mineral water go into making this recipe. If you don’t have mineral water available or find it too expensive, you can use regular tap water instead.
  • Yeast: The type of yeast that is suitable for this raspberry tart ale recipe are Safale US-05 or Wyeast 1056 American Ale.

Note: The ingredients list may vary if you want to adjust the recipe to suit your particular taste or preferences. Visit your local brewing store, such as Ahnapee Brewery, Glarus Brewing Co., MadTree or Troegs Independent Brewing, to purchase high-quality ingredients for this craft beer classic.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect drink for summertime sipping
The perfect drink for summertime sipping

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, begin the process by heating 2 gallons of pure mineral water to 165°F in a large pot. Add in the grain bill and Irish moss and increase the heat to reach a temperature of 152°F. Let it sit for one hour to let the grains steep.

Next, remove the grains and add in a half-ounce of your selected hops—Alamo Rahr Farewell Chicago is a great option. Boil the pot for another 60 minutes while stirring at regular intervals. With 25 minutes left in the boil, add another half-ounce of hops, this time using Cascade.

As you reach the end of the boil, introduce fresh red raspberries to create that ideal tartness. As soon as boiling has stopped, cool the mixture down quickly using an inverted wort chiller or other preferred method until it reaches a temperature between 50°F and 65°F.

Add in your pound of honey and yeast, which should be rehydrated before use per package instructions. Place the mixture in a fermenter and leave to sit in your chosen location for two weeks at around 65°F.

For best results when finished, transfer to a keg or container with priming sugar added and store in your refrigerator for at least one week before consuming. This will provide the perfect amount of carbonation necessary to enhance all of those creamy raspberry undertones that make Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale such a dynamic beverage.


  • Midwesterners can recreate this fruit tart lightness recipe by using Midwest Fruit Tart from MadTree Brewing.
  • Those looking for even creamier raspberry tarts can consider going for Raspberry Blonde from Troegs Independent Brewing.
  • Another beer inspired by Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale recipe is Chocolate Raspberry Tart Ale from New Glarus Brewing Co. They use three different hop varieties and four different malts giving an even more complex taste!

Substitutions and Variations

 A beautiful tart and ale fusion that is as tasty as it is photogenic
A beautiful tart and ale fusion that is as tasty as it is photogenic

One of the great things about brewing beer is the endless possibilities for substitutions and variations in a recipe. Here are a few ideas to make this Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale Recipe your own:

– Fresh Red Raspberries: While fresh red raspberries are the original ingredient in this recipe, you can experiment with other berries or fruit. Try using blackberries or cherries for a different twist on this tart ale.

– Irish Moss: Irish moss is a natural clarifying agent used in brewing, but if you can’t find it, you can substitute with whirlfloc or gelatin.

– Honey: The honey in this recipe adds sweetness, but you could also use maple syrup, agave nectar, or even brown sugar for a different flavor profile.

– Mineral Water: The type of water you use can greatly impact the taste of your beer. Try using spring water or purified tap water to create a different taste.

– Hop Bill: You may want to experiment with different hop combinations to change up the flavors in the recipe. Try using Amarillo hops for a citrusy flavor or Cascade hops for a floral aroma.

Substitutions and variations can be fun to experiment with and can lead to unexpected and delicious results. Just keep in mind that altering too many ingredients at once can drastically change the final product so make sure to take note of what works and what doesn’t during each brew.

Serving and Pairing

 Cheers to a drink that's both tart and sweet
Cheers to a drink that’s both tart and sweet

When it comes to serving and pairing Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale, there are a number of options that can enhance the flavors of this tart and fruity beer.

One great pairing option is to pair this ale with a fresh fruit tart or light and creamy raspberry dessert. A slice of tart filled with fresh red raspberries will complement the tartness of the beer wonderfully. On the other hand, a creamy raspberry tart with a hint of sweetness will help balance out the tart lightness recipe of the ale.

Another great option is to pair Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale with rich and decadent chocolate desserts. The rich and sweet chocolate will contrast beautifully with the tangy flavor of the beer. Chocolate raspberry desserts are especially recommended due to their ability to balance sweetness and tartness.

Lastly, for those who prefer savory dishes, consider pairing this ale with pork dishes or barbecue foods. The malty flavor of this craft beer pairs excellently with smoky barbecue flavors or perfectly cooked roasted pork.

Overall, whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savory dishes, Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale is versatile enough to accompany a wide variety of dishes. Enjoy this beer alongside your favorite dish and savor its unique blend of flavors.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sip on this gorgeous drink and bask in the summer sun
Sip on this gorgeous drink and bask in the summer sun

When it comes to storing and reheating Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you’re getting the best possible results. This tart ale recipe is best enjoyed fresh and doesn’t age particularly well. Therefore, it’s recommended to consume it as soon as possible after it has been brewed.

If you have any leftover ale, store it in a sanitized, airtight container in the refrigerator. This will help preserve the tart beer’s flavor and prevent bacteria from forming. Once refrigerated, Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale should last for up to two weeks.

If you want to enjoy your leftover ale at its best, avoid reheating it in the microwave – this could degrade the flavors and aromas that make it so delicious. Instead, let the ale sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before enjoying it again. You can also drink Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale cold straight from the fridge.

To save time on brew day, you can also prepare some of the ingredients ahead of time. For example, you can grind your malt bill and measure out your hop bill in advance. This way, when it comes time to brew, everything will be ready to go and you can minimize the risk of errors or delays.

Overall, while Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale is best enjoyed fresh, there are certainly ways to store and reheat it properly without significantly compromising its flavor or quality. Whether serving your brew immediately or saving some for later, following these tips will ensure you get the best experience possible from this craft beer creation.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Have a glass of this berry delicious brew and you'll be feeling just peachy
Have a glass of this berry delicious brew and you’ll be feeling just peachy

Brewing a perfect raspberry tart ale requires a fine balance between sweetness and tartness. Here are some tips to achieve the desired result.

Firstly, make use of fresh red raspberries whenever possible. Fresh raspberries add more depth to the flavor than their frozen counterparts. Ensure that the raspberries you use are fully ripe and have not been damaged.

Add Irish moss to your brew kettle during the boil. It helps to clarify the wort, giving the beer a shiny appearance. The Irish moss also aids in preventing clogging during filtration.

Honey can be used both as a primary fermentable or a flavor enhancer. Adding honey in small amounts helps to boost the fruity flavors of raspberry tart ale. Try to use local honey if possible, as it improves the taste profile of the finished product.

When making your beer, go for pure mineral water if at all possible. Using pure mineral water has a significant impact on final quality, especially with regards to taste and clarity. Impurities in tap water can alter flavors and colors, leading to undesirable results.

To get a tart beer with excellent mouthfeel, create an ideal grain bill. A grain bill adds color, aroma, and flavor complexity to your beer-making process. The key is using only malted barley, frequently referred to as a single malt grain bill.

Midwest fruit tarts are known for their crisp tartness and lightness. Therefore, when preparing creamy raspberry tarts or raspberry blonde ale or any other recipe requiring raspberries, you want to ensure that you attain similar lightness in your recipe. Aim for an OG (original gravity) of 1.070 – 1.080 with an FG (final gravity) 1.016 – 1.020 for this recipe.

Lastly, for that chocolate-raspberry tart twist, add cocoa nibs towards the end of fermentation then rack onto additional raspberries for an additional two weeks or until fermentation is complete before bottling/kegging.

Implementing these tips should help you achieve perfect results when brewing a raspberry tart ale that tastes like one from Troegs’ independent brewing Co., New Glarus Brewing Co., MadTree or Alamo Rahr fare well Chicago tastings, among others!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are a lover of craft beer and want to try something unique, Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale Recipe is the perfect option for you. This refreshing beer is perfect to quench your thirst during warm summer months or to pair with your favorite midwest fruit tart. Bill’s recipe perfectly balances the creamy raspberry flavors with the tartness of fresh red raspberries, providing a perfect blend of flavors in every sip.

Whether you are a fan of fruity wheat ale, sour beer or hoppy IPA, this recipe can be adapted to suit your preferences. Not only that, but Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale Recipe is easy to make in large batches and can be stored for later use. This makes it an ideal option for casual gatherings with friends and family.

So why wait? Grab your ingredients and begin brewing this deliciously balanced raspberry tart ale. Once you try it, you will understand why it has become such a beloved recipe in the craft beer community. Cheers!

Bill's Raspberry Tart Ale

Bill’s Raspberry Tart Ale Recipe

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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Beer
Keyword: Berries, Beverages, Fruit, Raspberries, Stove Top
Prep Time: 30 days
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 3 gallons
Calories: 1831.1kcal


  • 3 -3 1/2 gallons pure mineral water
  • 3 lbs plain dry malt extract (55% wheat/ 45% barley blend)
  • 1/2 lb tupelo honey
  • 2 ounces crystal malt (64 degrees Lovibond color rating; crushed)
  • 2 ounces Belgian biscuit malt, crushed
  • 1 ounce cascade whole leaf hop (5% alpha acid; for bittering)
  • 1/4 ounce cascade whole leaf hop (5% alpha acid; for aroma and flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Irish moss
  • 1 wyeast # 1272 american ale ii liquid yeast culture (or one pkg. dry ale yeast)
  • 2 lbs fresh red raspberries (or frozen berries, thawed)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup corn sugar (to prime)


  • If using liquid yeast,"smack-pack", pop inner seal and let yeast activate per package directions.
  • Sanitize a 5 gallon fermenter and airlock.
  • Steep the specialty grains (crystal and biscuit malts) in a fine-mesh grain bag in one gallon of water at 155F for 20 minutes.
  • Raise temperature to 175F, removing grains after 10 additional minutes (30 minutes total steep time).
  • Add malt extract and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Add 1 ounce bittering hops in a cheesecloth hop bag.
  • Continue to boil, adjusting heat as necessary, for 25 minutes (no further stirring).
  • Add approximately 1/8 ounce of hops to boiling wort in another hop bag.
  • Continue boiling for 10 more minutes.
  • Add Irish moss and stir in gently.
  • Add remaining hops in a hop bag.
  • Boil for a final 10 minutes (total boil time 45 minutes).
  • Add honey and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Remove brew pot from stove and chill wort using your preferred method (you may opt to set the pot in an ice water bath).
  • If using dry yeast, proof it per package directions.
  • When wort temperature reaches 100F, top up with cool water to just over 2 1/2 gallons.
  • Stir to swirl, cover, and let sit on stove or counter for 30 minutes.
  • Pour yeast slurry into fermenter.
  • Transfer wort to fermenter, using a racking cane and hose (one method to start to siphon is to fill hose with water, keeping cane and free tube end both elevated; cover tube end, place cane into brewpot, and release tube in fermenter).
  • Try to avoid the material settled in the bottom of the brewpot (this stuff is called trub).
  • Allow the wort to splash and aerate.
  • Put on cover or install drilled stopper and affix airlock, filling airlock halfway with distiller water or grain alcohol.
  • Set fermenter in a safe area.
  • Room temperature should be in the range of 60-70F.
  • Avoid sunlight on your fermenter.
  • Fermentation should be evident within a day or so; monitor activity.
  • When activity is slowing, sanitize a 3 or 5 gallon fermenter (preferably glass) and racking cane and hose.
  • Place raspberries in secondary fermenter (do not boil fruit- it will set the pectin and create a bad haze in the finished beer; if you're concerned about wild yeast on fresh berries, steep them at 165F for 10 minutes, then drain and cool).
  • Rack beer onto fruit.
  • Affix airlock.
  • Allow to sit again.
  • Secondary fermantation will be slower and less vigorous.
  • Be careful and watch the fermentation- if the fermentation is vigorous,a piece of fruit could possibly block the airlock (if this happens, remove the airlock and use a blow-off tube).
  • Leave on berries for 2-4 weeks, until they appear pale pink.
  • Fruit may sink when beer is ready to bottle.
  • Sanitize bottles (and bottling equipment) or kegging equipment.
  • Boil corn sugar in a cup of water for 10 minutes, then cool to room temperature.
  • Pour corn sugar solution into bottling bucket.
  • Rack beer into bucket, avoiding yeast sediment in fermenter.
  • Stir gently to mix well.
  • Fill bottles and cap.
  • Allow to condition and age for at least one month.
  • For any further information on homebrewing, a good reference is"The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Charlie papazian; it has a good intro to basic techniques and processes.

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Serving: 3918g | Calories: 1831.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 422.2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 169.7mg | Fiber: 19.8g | Sugar: 399.2g

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