• How Brewers Create a ‘Sense of Place' Using Botanicals and Foraged Ingredients

    6 days ago - By Vine Pair

    If modern craft beer were a 1980s pop-rock band on a European tour, hops - the flamboyant, attention-grabbing lead vocalist - would fly from city to city on a private jet, as water, barley, and yeast traversed the continent on an overcrowded tour bus in dutiful support.
    Things haven't always been this way. The history of brewing dates back thousands of years, and not until the Medieval period did hops become the star of the beer show. Prior to this, early commercial brewers based in continental Europe used a combination of roots, flowers, and herbs, called gruit , to provide the bitter...
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