aniseroot

Osmorhiza longistylis is a North American native, part of a genus generally known as sweet cicely (which is also the name given to a different European plant). The anise- or licorice-like flavor in the roots is fairly pronounced, but from a strictly culinary point-of-view, there’s no reason to use this rather than anise seed or star anise, unless you know of a large patch that can sustain some light harvesting. As the Wikipedia notes, it “does not tolerate intense disturbance.”

Appalachian True Root Beer

Appalachian True Root Beer

A hopped alcoholic root beer with mostly wild-harvested roots and herbs and a bock-ish grain bill.

Pennsylvania Native Plant Gruit Beer

Pennsylvania Native Plant Gruit Beer

A malt-forward, porter-like beer with a nicely balanced blend of root-beerish flavors

Digging for beer

Digging for beer

Aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis), a close relative of sweet cicely (O. claytonia), would represent a new brewing ingredient for me, and I can’t find any mention of its use as a brewing herb online or in print.