experimental beers with a botanical twist

red raspberry leaves

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.)

Summer Meadow Ale

Summer Meadow Ale

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!