In the Southern forests of Sweden we plant trees and hand pick their shoots to make a natural, fresh and tasty Pale Ale.
It all started when we, one christmas tree farmer and one butler, got an idea. We realized that the sour taste of Spruce Shoots could be used to brew our own beer. With a really succesful Big Change Crowdfunding-campaign where we raised 28 772 SEK to do the experiment.
Even the Vikings brewed beer on spruce shoots, we read in the literature, but also “Karolinerna” the soldiers of the Swedish King, Karl the 12th, knew that spruce shoots had a preventive effect on their health. Spruce shoots were often used once, and the beers made of spruce shoots were very popular until the late 1800s. Many explorers, such as Captain Cook, used spruce ale during their long trips because it prevented scurvy and nausea.
So now, in co-operation with Klackabacken Brewery, we are brewing our unique Spruce Ale.
The sprouts are harvested in May and rapidly frozen before they're mixed with other ingredients, to create a perfect balance to the malt backbone.
The frozen Spruce Shoots are then mixed with Pilsner Sauer- and Carapils malt and then boiled with Cascade Hops.
The whole mix is then fermented with Saison Yeast and because the Ale is unfiltered it might be a bit turbid.
We always wanted to create not only beer but also a spirit with the unadulterated taste of spruce shoots, unclouded by additives or artificial flavours. After experimenting with various mixtures of spruce shoots and trying to get the most flavour out of them through different processing methods, we finally could manufacture our own unique and truly Spruce Gin.
Woody citric notes of herbaceous spruce shoots bring light and freshness to the flavour, the hint of honey makes it unusually smooth, mellow and long lingering, while light floral notes of orange and lavender flowers drift like a feather softly dripping a gentle calmness to the taste.