Bellwether Brewing Co. (+GRUITFEST), Spokane, WA, USA
Bellwether Brewing Co., Spokane, WA, USA
Bellwether Brewing Company is a Spokane, WA brewery committed to bringing historical styles of ales to the modern palette. They specialize in gruit ales, heather ale, and braggots, while offering plenty of familiar, modern styles. Open little over a year now, they are still brewing on a tiny 1.5 barrel system. Success is meeting them, however, and they are currently looking at a big expansion, which will increase their distribution enough to include canning and bottling in the reasonably near future. See them on Facebook or visit their taproom if you find yourself in the Inland Northwest. --Bellwether Brewing Co.
Bellwether is making a red-brown ale with a gruit of birch bark, birch leaves, cardamom, and black pepper.
Republic Brewing is a making a gruit of yarrow, cardamom, black pepper, and hyssop.
A collaboration gruit will also be brewed ... each brewer is bringing their ingredients and a cohesive gruit will be put together on brew day.
Bellwether is also hosting "Gruitfest" at the brewery. They have invited other area brewers to partake. They'll be bringing a small batch of their gruit ales. Big Barn Brewing company and Iron Goat Brewing Company have jumped on board and will be bringing their own offerings.
The collaboration ale is by Bellwether, Whistle Punk, Republic Brewing, and Young Buck. It is a brown amber ale with a gruit of wormwood, lemon verbena, yarrow, lemongrass, smoked chili flake, rosemary, heather, horehound and spruce.
Whistle Punk's solo offering is a saison brewed with wormwood, lemon verbena, basil, hibiscus flowers, and spruce tips.
Photo caption: From left: Matt of Whistle Punk Brewing, Thomas of Bellwether Brewing, Amber of Republic Brewing Company, and Cameron of Young Buck with his crown of spruce.
Together: We Are Gruit. And, yes, that's what we are calling this beer!