Fort George Brewery and Public House in Astoria, Oregon has welcomed the summer months with their first barbecue of the season with a special new gruit. The Spruce Bud Ale, according to founder Chris “Nimz” Nemlowill, replaces hops with handpicked Sitka spruce buds. According to the brewery’s blog: “We finally got a legitimate beer-making reason to venture outside the brewery to enjoy the nice weather we’ve been having. They laced up their hiking boots and set out in the ripe forests of Clatsop County to gather 30 pounds of fresh, bright green, Sitka Spruce buds. The result-what they’re calling the perfect summer ale.” Now on tap at Fort George’s public house, the Spruce Bud Ale is a completely organic beer and should be available at this year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival in Portland.
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