Breweries around the globe are bucking the hazy, hoppy trend by devoting at least some of their energies to Gruit, a medieval ale made with a variety of botanicals. Although small, the worldwide movement to bring more attention to it has gained steam, and is recognized with International Gruit Day.
The five-employee, family-run Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company began making beer in 2006. Since then, the company has grown to approximately 160 employees—about 40 percent of whom have a friend or family connection.
There’s no shortage of talk about the impending hops deficit these days, leaving many beer fans and brewers thinking bitter thoughts at best. Fortunately, the internet holds many resources for brewers of all skills—from the fledgling homebrewer to the seasoned pro.