experimental beers with a botanical twist

ground ivy

Glechoma hederacea, A.K.A. gill-over-the-ground, or—especially in old brewing recipes—alehoof. The strain that’s naturalized in my part of the U.S. isn’t very potent, but in the U.K. it’s very flavorful in a fresh-mown-meadow kind of way.

Ground Ivy Gruit Porter

Ground Ivy Gruit Porter

Ground Ivy, AKA alehoof or gill-over-the-ground, is an historically important brewing herb that I’d never fully appreciated until encountering it in its native land.

Ground Ivy Gruit Ale

Ground Ivy Gruit Ale

I’ve never found ground ivy to be anywhere near as bitter as the books say, but it could be the wild stuff I use tastes different from British or cultivated varieties.