It may seem heresy to purists, but flavored beers are going mainstream as brewers reach for sales growth.
The $90 billion beer industry only recently has seen a little growth after flat sales for about six years.
Meanwhile, sales of flavored distilled spirits and niche and upscale "craft" brews have shown that a splash of citrus, vanilla, berry or other flavorings goes a long way with younger drinkers.
"The name of the story is growth, and the only way to get share is to come out with something different," says Frank Walters, research director at Impact, which tracks spirits sales.
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Read about price hikes associated with various craft beers.
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Read about the introduction of Anheuser-Busch's new lime-flavored Bud Light, which will be making its debut in May of 2008.
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