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)

Posca Rustica (Brasserie Dupont)

Style: Farmhouse Gruit 8.0% ABV Brewer’s Note: “The year is 63 A.D. at a Roman encampment near the present-day Belgian town of Bilcqy.  Nervium Flavius, a Roman soldier recently posted to Gaul, is thirsty.  He approaches Eburane, the young woman in the encampment’s popina. He demands his posca, fully expecting to get the sour wine drink loved by all legionnaires.  Eburane says she has no … Continue reading Posca Rustica (Brasserie Dupont)

Heather Ale (Cambridge Brewing Company)

Style: American Gruit brewed with Heather Flowers 5% ABV OG: 1.048 FG: 1.010 Malt: Scottish floor-malted barley Boil: fresh harvested Heather Flowers, Sweet Gale, Lavender Conditioning: fresh Heather, Yarrow Bottled on: August 2012 Batch #1 Brewer’s Notes: “From out of the darkness of pre-recorded history, Heather Ale is an altogether unique brew. Originally crafted by the inhabitants of coastal Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Northern … Continue reading Heather Ale (Cambridge Brewing Company)

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 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)

Kelpie Seaweed Ale (Williams Brothers Brewing Company)

Style: Scottish Gruit/ Ancient Herbed Ale 4.4% ABV Country: Scotland I like this bottle.  It’s got a really cool duck/tribal totem figure in the background of the beer and the brewery’s symbol looks like a leaf and something else, and is awesomely minimalistic and modern while the bottle’s background is weird and mystically old.  The neck design that says it is from Scotland looks like … Continue reading Kelpie Seaweed Ale (Williams Brothers Brewing Company)