experimental beers with a botanical twist

wild sarsaparilla

Aralia nudicaulis. Use the bark of the rhizomes. It doesn’t have any particular flavor advantage over the Indian sarsaparilla commonly available in homebrew shops, so unless you happen to live in a forest where it’s super abundant, as I do, I’d say leave it alone.

Appalachian True Root Beer

Appalachian True Root Beer

A hopped alcoholic root beer with mostly wild-harvested roots and herbs and a bock-ish grain bill.

Pennsylvania Native Plant Gruit Beer

Pennsylvania Native Plant Gruit Beer

A malt-forward, porter-like beer with a nicely balanced blend of root-beerish flavors