not so difficult
Marika Josephson, co-owner and Scratch Brewing brewer in Ava, is well versed in the production of beer with ingredients that can grow literally in the backyard of the brewery. The maple and birch groves that are owned by this Illinois farmer’s brewery often go into business. When you hear “maple,” the obvious second word is “syrup,” but Scratch brewers have found that using juice makes beer even more interesting.
“We started indulging with the addition of juice when we were still homebrewers, and did not expect it to taste like syrup because it was very liquid; the juice is really watery, but sweet, with a mineral character, says Josephson. “We found that after fermentation, he dried the beer, gave it a mineral character and even esters characteristic of cherry beer.” Continue reading