When I was a kid, growing up in the Midwest, I knew nothing about Oregon. Well, almost nothing. My awareness of Beaver State was limited to seeing Oregon Fruit Co.'s colorful cans at the local grocery store.
So many years later, I was excited to see the press release below–especially since I enjoy homebrewing with fruit. My first attempts (sour cherry ale and sour blackberry ale), were made with fresh fruit and I'm intrigued by the possibility of using aseptic canned fruit.
Even better, OFP has partnered with Breakside Brewery to produce three beers that sound amazing! I need to get my hands on these. If you have any experience using OFP (or other) canned fruit in your homebrews, I'd appreciate hearing about your results!
April 7, 2014 - Oregon Fruit Products (Salem, Oregon), national leaders in aseptic fruit purees for brewing, recently collaborated with Portland, Oregon's Breakside Brewery on a project to better understand brewers needs and how they use fruit. With Breakside's help, we developed three innovative fruit beers with our premium purees that showcase the diversity, ease of use and high quality of our product for use in beer styles of increasing popularity. See the “making of” video at http://youtu.be/JGJZRy1bMLY.
Oregon Fruit Products sells purees to brewers of beer, cider and mead nationally, but identified Breakside Brewery as an innovative regional brewer and offered our product in exchange for their knowledge. Initially the goal was to develop fruit beers for the Craft Brewers Convention in Denver, CO from April 7-10th, but soon realized the project would have a farther reaching impact.
Oregon Fruit Products’ objective was to explore how brewers use our fruit purees. We have a product tailored for brewers’ needs, but beyond a pedestrian fruit beer, what potential is there for craft brewers? With Breakside Head Brewer Ben Edmunds’ inspiring ideas, OFP got a firsthand look at the innovation involved in the burgeoning fruit beer category. Each beer was created to highlight the fruit and berries and explore the styles that Breakside does so well. We were involved in the craft brewing process from concept to glass...with these respected craftsmen.
The Fruits of our Labor
- Gooseberry Tart Wheat - Enjoy this traditional American wheat beer made sour with the natural tartness of Oregon gooseberry puree added after fermentation.
- Barrel-Aged Blackberry Baltic Porter - The Blackberry puree in this brew was added to the barrel for finishing, contributing rich, fruit complexity to the porter.
- Sour Cherry Brett Kriek - This strong ale was fermented with a proprietary blend of “wild” yeast. Both red tart and dark sweet cherry purees were added during and after fermentation for color, flavor and acidity.
About Oregon Fruit Products
Oregon Fruit Products has been producing fruit purees for decades in our Salem, Oregon facility. The company is over 75 years old and is the #1 branded specialty fruit in the canned grocery aisle. Oregon Fruit Products began selling to the brewing segment when craft and microbrewing first emerged over 25 years ago – and has expanded to become a leading national supplier to this growing beverage segment. We are constantly striving to provide more than just product to our customers - providing knowledge and practical application support.