experimental beers with a botanical twist

bog myrtle

Myrica gale. Also known as sweet gale. A preservative as well as a flavoring and bittering agent. Of ancient and widespread use. It’s one of the herbs most frequently mentioned in descriptions of Medieval gruit blends.

Use fresh or very recently dried; quality appears to diminish rapidly.

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.

Belgian Gale Ale

Belgian Gale Ale

Sweet gale or bog myrtle is a classic northern European gruit ingredient.

New “ancient ale” from Dogfish Head revives hybrid Scandinavian grog

New “ancient ale” from Dogfish Head revives hybrid Scandinavian grog

Fascinating to see yarrow already in use as a brewing herb 3500 years ago. Here, it’s in combination with several bog plants: sweet gale, meadowsweet, cranberries and lingonberries.