This is a recipe that I was inspired to create following a tasting at Craggy Brewing (now closed) in Asheville, North Carolina during my honeymoon in May 2012. It had a very strong spruce flavor and aroma that no one except for my wife, Hillary, seemed to enjoy. I didn’t really give too much thought to brewing one myself because I had no idea where to obtain the spruce.
A few years later while reading up on beer recipes on various internet forums, I came across recipes for spruce beer that also linked to a vendor, Spruce On Tap. A four ounce package of spruce tips for $16 seemed like a good opportunity to try something new. And thus began: The Spruce is Loose. Continue reading