This is my first attempt at a traditional gruit for the Club. The main flavouring ingredients are Canadian sourced yarrow, marsh rosemary, and sweet gale. The adventure was all about sourcing these ingredients and I stumbled across Forbes Wild Foods in Toronto back in February.
It was not easy finding enough bulk honey in late Winter for this brew. Jeremy and I first tried Willow Grove Heritage and Honey Farm, but there wasn’t any honey to be found. A harsh season in 2017 meant a smaller yield. We headed over to West Ave Cider for a quick tasting and to figure out where we could find the 9Ibs we needed.
Simply apple juice and yeast. Might seem like cheating to use pasteurized Allen’s, but for a blank testing canvas for other ingredients it has its merits.