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Hibiscus beers: pink, pleasing, and coming to a pint glass near you.

istock_000001452138small_400Hibiscus, the genus of mostly tropical flowering plants used for centuries as a medicine, dye, and tea drink has found its way into beer, making them as rosy as a rosé wine—and sometimes bright as berries. What, you’re not tough enough to tip back a bright pink pint? We all should be. For one, the beers are often deliciously unusual, sometimes blended with other herbs and spices and traditional witbier flavorings like orange peel and coriander. Also consider that hibiscus tea contains bioflavenoids known to slow the buildup of LDL cholesterol. OK, pass the pink!

While we’re not saying hibiscus beers are inherently healthy, per-se— there’s no doubting that hibiscus has flower power (and beer in moderation can be part of a healthy lifestyle). Plus, we like the way it looks in beer: bright, brash, and inviting. Like a good steak or ripe fall apple, hibiscus beers are red in all the right ways.

Stone Brewery of Escondido, CA just released a new version last week: Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity, which we can’t wait to try. It was originally named “Going Red” to promote awareness of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

Have you had a hibiscus beer? Which one? Tell us below.

And read on for a few recommendations on brews with a rosy red complexion (in alphabetical order).

Boulevard Hibiscus Gose (4.2%abv)
Dieu du Ciel! Rosée de Hibiscus (5.9%abv)
Revolution Rosa Hibiscus Ale (5.8%abv)
Stone/Stochasticity Project Hibiscusicity (7.4%abv)
The Commons Fleur de Ferme (6%abv)

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