The Rise and Fall of Gruit

Everything you ever wanted to learn about Low Country gruit ale:

Gruit as a product changed throughout its history. From a beer additive revered for its fermenting powers, it morphed into a beer with a reputation for powerful headache causing herbals. The intertwined history of the beer additive and the beer taxation helped muddy the historic waters and before one realized the exact nature of gruit as a product was lost. From piecing together the many different puzzle pieces an interesting picture emerges: one of gruit not as just a handful of brewing herbs, but as a powerful and deemed necessary beer fortifier.” more…

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“The Rise and Fall of Gruit” Published by The Brewery History Society in the Journal of the Brewery History (2018) 174, 46-78.