Gruit. Herb Crusted Beer.

Beer, Beer Styles, Brewing, Engineering, History, Ingredients, Recipe

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
  • mugwort
  • yarrow
  • ground ivy
  • horehound
  • heather
  • black henbane
  • juniper berries
  • ginger
  • caraway seed
  • aniseed
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon

Gruits to Try

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Photo: Casey Fleser


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