03 April 2019

Of Cones and Cauldrons, Hops and Gruit

Magical, Edible, Medicinal | For the majority of its approximately 13 000-year history, beer has not been brewed with hops, but rather with a wide variety of herbs and other additives. And yet, beers brewed with other herbs have largely disappeared since hops have proven to be so well suited for flavoring and preserving beer. Recently, brewers with an inclination for experimentation have resurrected long-forgotten European beers prepared without hops – some of them from unboiled wort – and are once again exploring brewing herbs from past millennia.

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