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13th March 2023

71 Brewing relaunches popular beer based on classic British dessert

Independent craft brewery, 71 Brewing, has tweaked the recipe and re-launched its award-winning Blackcurrant Apple Crumble beer, part of its Fruition Seasonal Sours summer range, and winner of the Best Fruited Sour Beer category at the Scottish Beer awards 2022.

Inspired by a popular, comforting dessert, Blackcurrant Apple Crumble has been packed with locally sourced blackcurrants, apple juice, spices, and a touch of vanilla. Available in 440ml can (6.5% ABV), it pours a deep purple colour with a frothy white head revealing a strong fruity aroma with blackcurrants as its most prominent scent. The blackcurrants provide a tartness that balances out the sweet apple juice, with the spices adding a warmth to the beer’s finish, and the vanilla flavour providing a creamy mouthfeel that makes it feel like a dessert. The beer has a medium body with a moderate carbonation level, making it easy to drink, and has a clean and crisp finish.

For the relaunch the recipe has been tweaked slightly to include premium apples which has made the vanilla flavour more pronounced, with additional oats for a better mouthfeel.

In addition to its Scottish Beer Awards accolade, The Independent newspaper recognised Blackcurrant Apple Crumble as “Best Pastry Sour”, which reflects the beer’s unique flavour profile, combining the tartness of sour beer with the sweetness of a pastry.

Duncan Alexander, founder of 71 Brewing, commented: “Blackcurrant Apple Crumble’s awards to date and popularity reflect is exceptional taste and quality. It’s a beer that’s captured the hearts of beer lovers across the country and beyond, and its re-brew is sure to delight fans both old and new.

“It’s a beer that combines the best of both worlds – the fruity tang of a sour beer and the comforting sweetness of a dessert. The locally sourced ingredients add an extra layer of authenticity and quality to the beer, making it a must-try for anyone who enjoys flavourful and unique brews.”

Founded by entrepreneur Duncan Alexander in 2016, 71 brewing has gone from strength to strength and has firmly claimed its position as Dundee’s first active brewery for more than half a decade, winning numerous awards including four Gold awards at the coveted Scottish Beer Awards 2022.

Blackcurrant Apple Crumble is now available to order online at, direct from the Brewery Shop at The Ironworks on Bellfield Street in Dundee, or available for off-trade distribution through local independent retailers.

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For more information on 71 Brewing, please contact Emma Davies or Tricia Fox on 01738 700134 or email or

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About 71 Brewing

71 Brewing Co was established in Dundee in 2016, the city’s first active brewery in over 50 years. Based in the former ironworks towering out of the heart of an area known as ‘Hell’s Half Acre’ the brewery building formed a major part of the mighty Blackness iron foundry. Their 25Hl state of the art brewhouse is optimised for brewing the finest beers of every style. Along with a chilled conditioning capacity of 500hl, onsite canning and kegging lines, laboratory facilities and temperature-controlled storage for up to 100,000 litres of packaged beer we can ensure beer quality, consistency and freshness.

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For more information on 71 Brewing, please contact Emma Davies or Tricia Fox on 01738 700134 or email or