BEFORE THEY INVENTED HOPS

I had couple of Gruut beers which I picked up at the Leura bottleshop. A Belgium style blonde and a bruin. This apparently is the way beer was made before the widespread use of hops became common. The hops are replaced with herbs and other various bits of vegetation  While I don’t know what the exact ingredients are I seem to think things like myrtle, heather , probably stuff like dandelion and burdock and whatever else came to hand.
I had visited this brewery a few years ago in Ghent which I think I have written about somewhere in this blog but if I have I haven’t found it yet.
I liked the blonde the best, it had quite a bit of body and I am not sure I would have known it didnt have hops if I hadn’t known in advance.

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BLONDE AND BRUIN GRUUT     
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