For its latest release Rogue Ales & Spirits incorporates black currants into a tart ale. This farm to glass beer began at Rogue Farms from the harvest of its black currant crops and then was brought down to the Oregon Coast for brew day to create Counter Currant.
The result is a beautiful deep purple color appearance in a fruit ale with prominent flavors of black currant in a dry yet slight mouth puckering tart finish.
“The berries add layers of flavor to the lightly hopped ale,” said Brewmaster John Maier in a statement. “Black currants have a sweet and earthy flavor profile and floral aromatics, which makes this ale a balanced sip with depth of flavor. It’s a great beer to go on your Thanksgiving table.”
Still fairly uncommon in the United States, black currants (also known as cassis) have a cabernet sauvignon-like intensity that is balanced with a strong backbone of acidity and sweetness.
Counter Currant 9 Ingredients:
2-Row, Munich, Wheat, Red X & Dextrapils Malt
Rogue Farms Liberty Hops
Rogue Farms Black Currants
Free Range Coastal Water
Counter Currant is available nationally on draft and in 4-pack, 16 ounce cans from November 2018 through February 2019. Use the Rogue Finder to find it near you.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.