Upright Reggae Junkie Gruit

Brewed by Upright Brewing
Portland, Oregon USA
5.5% Traditional Ale | 18 Ratings | Spring Seasonal |
Reggae Junkie Gruit was made for the 2009 North American Organic Brewers Festival and is a farmhouse version of a hop-less beer using a variety of herbs and spices in their place. To formulate the recipe we took a trip to the local herb shop and stuck our noses in a whole lot of jars until we settled on lemongrass, hyssop, bitter orange peel and Sichuan peppercorns. We added a bit of spelt to the grist to make this a true adventure for ourselves as we had never used these ingredients. The beer came out wonderfully dry and tart with a tonic-like quality. Expect this invigorating brew to become our spring seasonal in the future.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
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Hops
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Yeast/Bacteria
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