Black Currants: the funky, fruity, feel-good flavor

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Black Currants: funky, fruity, feel-good flavor

While modern market goers may not be familiar with black currant fruit pureés yet, this piquant berry was a staple summer fruit of farmhouses and monasteries in bygone days.

Black Currants have been a versatile ingredient in European ales, wines, and preserves for centuries, adding an earthy sweetness and a floral aroma to beverages and dishes.

What does black currant pureé add to beer?

A comforting depth of flavor

Black currants may not be standard fare, but it’s a memorable flavor that plays well with other raspberries, blackberries, and cherries.

While black currants offer the sweetness of its berry brethren, it’s a sweetness of a funkier variety.

This earthy depth makes black currants perfect for a harvest holiday brew.

Eye-catching color

Brewers interested in developing a memorable pour benefit from the small, black berries as well. The dark juices of the currant can be used to tint beer a deep amethyst, highlighting a foamy head with pale pink bubbles. Few fruits add as much festive color to a brew as the currant.


Black currants have been successfully used in German ales for centuries. From tart Berliner-Weisse and sour gose to light-bodied farmhouse ales and jammy lambics, black currants are intense enough to play the lead but subtle enough to support sweeter fruits. In fact, a number of popular ales rely on black currant’s funky fruity flavor without headlining it, though we think this fruit deserves top billing.

Pureé Arête: the feel-good flavor maker

At Pureé Arête, we develop pureés that bring floral aromatics and feel-good funk to craft brews. Our black currant pureé is no exception. If you’re crafting a holiday beer that feels like home for the holidays and fall evenings by the fireside, you’re going to want to give our black currant a place in your recipe. Our natural black currant pureé is made from the highest-quality fruits for the highest-quality beers.

  • No sugar added.
  • Custom blends available.
  • All natural.

Contact us to learn more about our fruit pureés and concentrates for brewers.

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