Urban Artifact Releases New Midwest Fruit Tart Beers

The brewery has debuted a new sour and tested a batch of low-calorie light fruit tarts that will roll out next year.

This month Northside-based Urban Artifact brewery launched its latest Midwest fruit tart, Polygraph, brewed with 3,000 pounds of sour Montmorency cherries and 60 grams of vanilla beans per 30-barrel batch.

Photograph courtesy of Urban Artifact

Urban Artifact also released a test batch of light fruit tart beers, comprising three flavors: Sour Cherry, Raspberry & Blackberry, and Strawberry & Pineapple. The line generated so much excitement it quickly sold out online and in Urban Artifact’s taproom. The brewery plans to scale up and manufacture larger batches, set for release in 2021.

Photograph courtesy of Urban Artifact

In the style of “regular” midwest fruit tarts, including Polygraph, Urban Artifact’s new light beers are brewed with real fruit to maximize flavor, with no added flavorings, extracts, or concentrates. The light fruit tarts are about 100 calories each—half the amount of a regular midwest fruit tart. Where most traditional midwest fruit tarts contain about 7–9% ABV, the lighter versions have session-friendly 3.7% ABV—or as Urban Artifact describes them, “lunchtime beers” and “extremely crushable.”

“We wanted to add something that still used real fruit but was easier to drink if you’re spending a day outside, or want to have more than just a couple drinks,” says Scott Hand, the brewery’s Director of Operations.

The rerelease will launch in early 2021, Hand says, but for now, find Polygraph wherever Urban Artifact beers are sold—and starting September 30, look for Double Polygraph in 16-ounce tall boy cans.

Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, (513) 542-4222

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