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  • n. A herbal mixture used in the flavouring of beer prior to the use of hops.


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  • In early Europe this mixture, called gruit in German, included bog-myrtle, rosemary, yarrow, and other herbs.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The Northern Europeans have long brewed gruit and sahti with spices such as mugwort and heather and yarrow and juniper and caraway and coriander.

    Contemplating the Consequences of a Double Imperial Witbier

  • Michel Ordeman, head brewer at Jopen, admits that even these ancient styles had hops in them, and he uses them in brewing the modern versions: In the days of gruit, hop was seen as a spice and most probably was one of the ingredients of gruit.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Jopen makes a couple of gruit-beers based on recipes from the early 1400s.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • First, I got some more information from Michel Ordeman at Jopen: The Koyt and Adriaan beer are both spiced beers gruit beers.

    Tying Up Some Loose Ends

  • The Jopen Hoppenbier was the follow up beer from the Koyt; its recipe dates back to 1501 and this beer was the hopped version instead of gruit.

    Tying Up Some Loose Ends

  • Thanks to its pleasant taste and effectiveness in delaying spoilage, it had largely replaced gruit and other herbs by the end of the 14th century.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The witbier base itself was made with a mixture of local and imported wheat grains, and a gruit, or flavoring base, consisting of local coriander and orange, and imported hops.

    NYT > Home Page

  • After that we'll start production of our four standard year-round beers along with single batches of a redwood smoked lager, a traditional old ale and perhaps a farmhouse inspired gruit.

    Beervana, the Blog

  • Lit - terae aspiratae raphe insigniuntur, sae - pequ# in ineffabili nomine primum n mutatur in n, ut fit in antiquis aliis editionibus, saepe etiam circello Keri vel varia dictionis iectio indigitatur, aliquandp in textura iliud recipitur, nec semper cum Thessalonicensi con - gruit, cujus nitidissimum membrana - ceum possidemus exemplar.

    Annales Hebraeo-typographici sec. XV


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