By Faye Sakellaridis
Home-brewed beer is delicious and unique to its maker. For longtime home-brewer Kori of Mountain Rose Blog, the joy is in creating beverages that aren’t available anywhere else.
In a recent blog post, Kori describes Stephen Harrod Buhner’s book “Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers” as an “endless inspiration,” one that led to her own original Elderberry Mead recipe.
In this post she talks her personal approach to home brewing, and shares Stephen Harrod Buhner’s Sage Ale recipe:
My love of home brewing is over a dozen years old. From my first novice attempt with a beer-making kit, it was a quick trajectory to all grain brewing and some grand experiments (not all of which resulted in delicious masterpieces, mind you!) Now, I grow my own hops on three established hop plants along the edges of the garden, and this provides plenty of plump hops to dehydrate and freeze for use in my creations. While my brewing adventures started with modern-ish beer recipes, I also love experimenting with meads and herbal fermentations.
For me, the joy of home brewing is creating beverages that I can’t get anywhere else! Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers is a dense book of almost endless inspiration for a home brewer like me. I picked it up because I wanted to learn more about brewing with fresh and dried herbs and decided to give one of the recipes a try. This, I confess, led to my own creation of a second herby Elderberry Mead recipe. What I love about both of these beverages (besides the deliciousness) is that they have medicinal properties and are full of good herbs and ingredients; in my mind, these are life-affirming creations!
Click here to see Kori's own inspiring recipe for Elderberry Mead.