Canadian brewery making beer out of Christmas trees
By Evan Bleier, Dec. 27, 2013
A Canadian brewery has figured out a way to turn Christmas trees into gifts that keep on giving…. Garrison Brewing Company in Halifax has started producing limited edition batches of spruce beer using Christmas trees.
Garrison brewmaster Daniel Girard grew up hearing tales about his grandfather’s spruce beer.
"So then I decided to work on it and see how I would have made a spruce beer myself if I were a first settler, like years ago," he said. "I know that the Americans would do it because George Washington made spruce beer.”
The traditional brew is made with spruce sprigs, fir twigs, malt, blackstrap molasses, dates and hops. The 7.5 percent alcohol beer is a potent drink.
"You know, just some wonderful aromas... that come off it. It feels like you're out in a winter evening, walking through the woods. It's pretty wonderful. You just can't feel your toes any more cause it's starting to kick in a little bit," Brewing president Brian Titus said.
"How Canadian can you get, eh? We like to say, 'Party like it's 1749.'"