A malt-forward, porter-like beer with a nicely balanced blend of root-beerish flavors
experimental beers with a botanical twist
Lindera benzoin is a common understory shrub in wetter portions of the forest in eastern North America. It tastes very much like the East Indian native allspice. Berries ripen in the fall, dry readily, and can be stored for a long time.
Sassafras and black birch (i.e. wintergreen, more or less) are the dominant notes here; the other flavors blend into a citrusy background. This is a refreshing, summery drink, a bit acidic — imagine a cross between unsweetened herb tea and a nice mild ale.