OK. It’s not technically herb crusted but I kinda want a nice herb crusted pork loin with a nice Gruit to wash it down after thinking about this post. Gruits are probably the biggest recipes I like to tinker around with.
Gruits are a mixture of spices you add to your beers that traditionally replace hops. The herbs serve not only as a flavoring and aroma agent like a hop but also as a preservative for the beer at times. There are all types of herbs and spices one could use to make a Gruit but here’s a list of some of the more common ones.
- sweet gale
- ground ivy
- black henbane
- juniper berries
- caraway seed
Gruits to Try
- Upright Brewing Special Herbs
- New Belgium Gruit Lips of Faith Series
- Zero Gravity Solstice Gruit
- Cigar City Humidor Series Gedanken Gruit
Photo: Casey Fleser