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Brewer Tom Graham talks about Vermont Spruce Tip Ale

December 9, 2011

The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Vermont Spruce Tip Ale is a showcase for a traditional yet seldom used brewing ingredient: spruce tips. The spruce tips were used in the same way finishing hops might be used, with additions late in the boil and in the whirlpool. Harvested at their tender, ripe, bright green peak, the spruce tips impart citrus, pine, spice, herbal and earthy notes. A host of malts, a hint of roasted barley and generous use of Chinook hops complement the unique spruce flavor.

Harpoon Vermont brewer Tom Graham created the recipe and brewed this 100 Barrel Series beer. “I first got the idea for this beer when reading a great book called ‘The Homebrewer’s Garden.’ When spring finally came to Vermont, my wife and I gathered a pound of spruce tips and I brewed a homebrew batch using them,” says Tom. “I was pretty pleased with the results so I shared the beer with my colleagues here at the brewery. From there it blossomed into this 100 Barrel Series beer.”

In this video, Tom talks about the whole process of creating and brewing this beer. Grab a pint and enjoy!


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