Gruit Brewing is part of Urban Farm Fermentory. You will find five dedicated taps of beer (both gruits and non-gruits) in the tasting room located at 200 Anderson Street, Portland, ME 04101.
Hours are: Tuesday - Saturday, 12PM to 7PM, and Sunday - Monday 12PM to 5PM.
Gruit (grut or gruyt) is an old-style beer brewed using a variety of botanicals. Before hops were readily available, brewers looked to what they could source locally. We like to think about gruit as beer brewed using one's back yard as a plentiful pantry--varying through the seasons--providing a diverse set of ingredients. We commonly use herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, vegetables and leaves that we forage, source locally, or grow in our garden. Like most brewers, we boil, steep, juice, condition, and infuse plants to capture flavor, aroma, bitterness, sweetness, and medicinal and preservative properties. We use plants in different ways depending on their seasonality or highlighted properties. Our offerings will include beers and gruits brewed with anywhere from considerable to zero amounts of hops depending on the desired properties.
A list of local plants used in our beers:
Leaves and Stems: Rhubarb, Mugwort, Yarrow, Bay Berry, Sweetfern, Spruce, Sage, Basil, Thyme
Flowers: Dandelion, Sumac, Chamomile, Rose Petals, Lavender, Hops, Echinacea, Bee Balm, Calendula
Fruit: Juniper, Cranberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Hot peppers, Squash, Coriander Seeds
Fungi: Chaga, Reishi, Lion's Mane
Roots: Beet Root, Dandelion