experimental beers with a botanical twist

cinchona bark

The Cinchona genus is responsible for the alkaloid quinine, among other alkaloids, and is a major ingredient in tonic water. This recipe for tonic water notes that the bark has a bolder flavor than the powder.

Calaguala Ale

Calaguala Ale

Calaguala, A.K.A. samambaia, is a tropical fern with many healing properties. Combined with cinchona bark — herbal quinine — this ought to be “good for what ales you.”