Chagaloc (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: American Gruit 4.8% ABV Brewed with: Chaga, Honey, Black Locust Blossoms Brewer’s Note: “CHAGALOC is a challenging gruit, with chaga and black locust blossoms. Tart, sour even, but “refreshing like an Arnold Palmer” sez Ryan. Dang tasty is all!” The beer pours a ruddy, caramelized yellow with orange tints.  The beer pours with a soapy head that immediately fades away to nothing, though the … Continue reading Chagaloc (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Love Potion #9

Style: Blush Gruit brewed with yohimbe bark and muira puama (two aphrodisiacs) 6% ABV This beer is brewed with yohimbe bark and muira puama, which are two aphrodisiacs according to one of the brewers, Alex McDonald.  I decided to try out my new weizen glass with the gruit, to see if it might re-suspend some of the herbs within the beer.  It pours a dark hazy … Continue reading Love Potion #9

Exhilaration (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: American Gruit brewed with Sweet Gale, Yarrow and Wild Rosemary 5.6% ABV For those wondering, Earth Eagle is what some Native Americans referred to the common wild turkey as.  In honor of turkey day and local breweries, I figured I might as well crack open another wonder gruit from Earth Eagle Brewings and give it a try.  For those wondering, the reason I have … Continue reading Exhilaration (Earth Eagle Brewings)

William Wallace (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: Scottish Gruit brewed with Sweet Juniper Berries and Heather Flowers/Tips 5.5% ABV The beer pours like murky swamp water, a gross yellowed brown, almost like cider.  A light white head forms and fizzes away, leaving a slight head/scrim behind.  The body is, as I have already said, murky and indiscernible.  Honestly, if this weren’t a gruit I would say it was an ugly beer, … Continue reading William Wallace (Earth Eagle Brewings)

New England Gangsta’ (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: American West Coast IPA 6.5% ABV The beer pours a hazy murky marmalade color with a white fluffy head that fades onto the edges of the glass.  Lacing is not really noticeable, slipping off the side of the glass almost as quickly as the liquid.  As I said, the beers body is pretty murky and opaque with some carbonation bubbles, but nothing of the … Continue reading New England Gangsta’ (Earth Eagle Brewings)

New England Brewery Series: Earth Eagle Brewings (Portsmouth, NH)

Earth Eagle Brewings is located in a small tasting room beside the A&G Homebrew Supply Store, which is owned by one of the brewers.  You can read their whole story over here but the short version, I will be happy to oblige you with.  They began brewing three years ago, and right off the bat they were interested in brewing beer without hops, and thinking outside of the … Continue reading New England Brewery Series: Earth Eagle Brewings (Portsmouth, NH)