My idea was to flavor a summer ale with a mix of common meadow plants, all gathered at the time of brewing, and thereby to try and capture the essence of a midsummer meadow. Much to my own surprise, I seem to have succeeded on the first attempt!
Rubus idaeus isn’t just for fruit. Ethnobotanist and physician Andrew Weil’s website gives a rundown on the health benefits of the leaves, which are best gathered in spring or early summer. (For recipes using the berries, see here.)