Would You Drink Beer Made Out Of A Christmas Tree?
If your Christmas tree is still sitting in a corner of the living room, it’s probably starting to get a little dried out and sad-looking, and you’re (hopefully) starting to wonder if you should drag it out to the curb sometime before Easter. But are you looking at that evergreen and thinking, “Boy, I wish I could drink that?”
NPR reports that people have been drinking beer brewed with the tips and shoots of Spruce trees for centuries, and it’s now making a comeback. Vikings first downed the beverage that they believed would give strength, virility, and prevent scurvy; and the practice was still going strong in 18th century Britain and America.
Some sources also suggest that spruce and molasses (a common component of spruce beer) were also used in the New World colonies when barley and hops were scarce.
And as pop culture reaches ever farther back for things to be nostalgic about, some breweries are reviving this forgotten recipe. The rating website Beer Advocate currently lists a dozen or two spruce beers, hailing from everywhere from Nova Scotia to New Zealand. One reviewer described one of the brews (positively) as “a Christmas tree in a glass.”
Personally, I think I’ll stick with with a nice ale full of cinnamon and nutmeg- more like Christmas in a glass.
What do you think? Would you drink spruce beer?