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Gruit Ale with Kveik

Gruit Ale with Kveik

One of the herbal beers I typically make, but using the yeast (kveik) from Norwegian farmhouse beer.

Abbey Gruit Ale

Abbey Gruit Ale

One of my typical gruit blends meets White Labs Trappist Ale (aka Monastery) yeast.

Brewing, writing, thinking

Brewing, writing, thinking

I realized the other day that I approach writing poetry the same way I approach brewing beer.

Chicory Stout

Chicory Stout

Coffee stout, but with chicory.

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.

The terroir of London homebrewing

The terroir of London homebrewing

A summer in London gave unparalleled opportunities to exploit terroir through local or regional malts, hops, herbs, fruit, and water.

Elderberry Wheat Beer

Elderberry Wheat Beer

Since I’d made elderflower wheat beer at the beginning of the summer, I had to make elderberry wheat beer from the same backyard tree at the end of the summer.

Ginger-Angelica Gruit Porter

Ginger-Angelica Gruit Porter

Fennel, licorice, lemon balm, coriander… YUM. A delicious backdrop to a delicious beer.

Elderflower Wheat Beer

Elderflower Wheat Beer

A Belgian-style wheat beer with elderflowers from the back garden tree in London.

Sweetfern Red Ale

Sweetfern Red Ale

This experiment confirms that Comptonia peregrina is the best all-around native North American “hop substitute” I’ve ever used.

Sweetfern Chamomile Gruit Ale

Sweetfern Chamomile Gruit Ale

My first new experiment worth writing up since last year’s Pennsylvania Native Plant Gruit Beer, where I first tried brewing with sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) in a big way. This time I combined it with some other reliable brewing herbs for a trans-Atlantic gruit.

Wild Ginger and Lemon Verbena Wheat Beer

Wild Ginger and Lemon Verbena Wheat Beer

Might lemon verbena have anti-microbial properties? My one experiment with it was a success.