craft Fruit Concentrates for Brewing
Tree Ripened Fruit to Add to Your Beer, Wine, Mead, or Hard Cider...
We are a family owned orchard that offers tree ripened, full flavored fruit in the form of concentrate, juice and frozen to add to your beer, wine, mead, or hard cider year ’round. All of our craft concentrates and frozen fruit are grown right here in Northern Michigan. Our high quality growing standards make our fruit the best fruit for brewing.
Craft Fruit Concentrates
Fruit concentrates are what we specialize in! We make all of our fruit concentrates with whole, tree run fruit!
We let our fruit hang on the tree until it reaches its peak ripeness. All our fruit concentrates are offered in 5 gallon pails and 52 gallon drums. In addition to these sizes, we offer 16 oz. bottles, 32 oz. bottles, and 275 gallon totes of our flagship, Montmorency tart cherry concentrate.
We have worked with many breweries, wineries, and meaderies who find our concentrate to be a great additive during or after the fermentation process.
Individually Quick Frozen Cherries
These cherries are picked at the peak of freshness, then pitted and frozen separately so they are much easier to handle. These are available in 40lb boxes and we can fit up to 2000 lbs. per pallet. If you are looking for a whole fruit for brewing that is exceptionally easy to use, our IQF cherries are perfect!
We offer both Montmorency and Balaton tart cherries.
Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate – 68 Brix
We actively grow 180 acres of Montmorency tart cherries and put them all into our concentrate. We let them hang on the tree until they are at their peak ripeness and highest Brix content. All our cherries are then custom pressed, making a high quality concentrate like no other!
Balaton Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate – 68 Brix
The Balaton tart cherry that our concentrate is made from is slightly sweeter and darker in color than the Montmorency. Some say it is the perfect marriage between a sweet and tart cherry.
McIntosh Apple Juice Concentrate – 70 Brix
Our McIntosh apple concentrate is made with 100% tree ripened McIntosh apples. All the apples were hand picked and the concentrate was made with the entire apple, rather than the bi-product of peels and cores like most apple concentrates.
Northern Spy Apple Juice Concentrate – 70 Brix
A Northern Spy apple is a hard and tart apple that lends itself to hard cider. The Northern Spy grows particularly well in our climate here in Northern Michigan.
Bartlett/Bosc Pear Juice Concentrate – 70 Brix
With a sweet, almost honey like taste, this variety specific pear concentrate is made from hand picked, tree ripened fruit. Works great as a back sweetener or base to any perry.
“Howdy, I wanted to thank you for your wonderful cherries. I make a sour beer with your Montmorency cherry concentrate (Queen of Tarts). This year at the Great American Beer festival we won gold for that beer in the American sour ale category. We also won brewery of the year. Could not have done it without your cherries. Thanks”
-Shawn Steele Quality Control Manager Karl Strauss Brewing San Diego CA
“I would like to share some great news with you. This last weekend was the 13th annual FoBAB (Festival of Barrel Aged Beers) held in Chicago. This festival is recognized as the longest running and largest Barrel aged beer festival in the country. With over 100 breweries, 12 categories, and 420 beers, it attracts nearly 12,000 attendees and keeps growing.
We were honored to take a silver medal in the fruit beer category for “King’s Blood.” We take our base cherry beer, “King Balaton” (King Orchards+Balaton cherries) cherry wheat beer that we aged in red wine barrels for over 4 months. It tastes delicious and the judges agreed. We couldn’t be happier to be recognized for our efforts. I believe the quality of our beer is enhanced by the quality of your cherries. So congrats to you too!”
-Mark Hendrick Alter Brewing Company Downers Grove IL
Why King Orchards' Concentrate for Brewing
Concentrate tends to get a bad reputation in the brewery world because it is typically made as a bi-product. At King Orchards, we produce high quality, craft concentrates made with tree ripened, whole fruit. We make a high quality juice out of that fruit then put it through a slow evaporation process to take out any water and make it more economical to ship around the World. This makes for a flavor packed concentrate that provides a clean product for brewers to work with.
Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate is a Great Choice for Brewers Because...
Gives your beer the all natural, sour cherry flavor,
- There are absolutely NO additives
- Only 100% Montmorency tart cherries.
- 100% grown, processed and packaged in the USA
- King Orchards quality inspected and supervised
- Always has been- always will be made with only MONTMORENCY CHERRIES
- Concentrated to 68 brix, a measure of sugar, which is at the top end of the industry standard
The Montmorency tart cherry is a delicate fruit. Once picked from the tree, this tart cherry only lasts for 24 hours before spoiling. This is why you rarely find fresh Montmorency tart cherries, unless you pick them yourself. Cherry Concentrate allows for a stable shelf life without sacrificing quality and flavor.
Add the delicious taste of Montmorency tart cherry to your beer, wine, mead, or hard Cider.
The Montmorency tart cherry is the traditional cooking cherry, well known for the American cherry pie. This sour cherry packs a tart punch with a sweet backing that can be made into an array of flavors to make the perfect cherry beer.
Why King Orchards?
King Orchards is a small family farm that specializes in growing cherries with the absolute best growing practices. We grow our cherries specifically for concentrate. Our cherries are tree ripened, letting them hang on the tree for as long as possible. This builds up the natural sugars in the cherry for the best flavor.
In 2013 alone, we grew about 2 million pounds of Montmorency tart cherries.
Contact Us Today
We work with brewers and breweries across the country.
Concentrate for Brewers Available by 12 Quart Case, 5 Gallon Pail, and 52 Gallon Drum.
Call us today and let us know what you need!