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What Is Gruit?

You’ve certainly heard the word “gruit.” You’ve likely seen it listed in the bottom right-hand corner of your local brewery’s tap list. But what is gruit, and why should it be ordered without fear?

Gruit is historically considered a crushed mix of herbs, prepared in a kettle, which performed much the same role as hops in the early days of brewing – flavoring, bittering and preservation. It is also thought to have aided and invigorated fermentation and helped to darken the color of the wort.

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