About Herb Spice Beer

About Herb Spice Beer
Herb/spice beers are ales or lagers to which herbs and/or spices have been added to impart flavor. The degree of overall flavor and aroma will vary in these beers in relation to not just the herb or spice added, but also in relation to when and where the herb or spice was added during the brewing process. These beers are highly individualistic, and allow brewers great creativity in their formulations. While the more common herbs and spices used by brewers include ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, many examples of herb/spice beers are readily available utilizing herbs and spices including ginseng and heather to name a couple. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, overall drinkability and balance of herbs/spices and base beer flavors and aromas. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Rogue Chipotle Ale, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Williams Brothers Fraoch Heather Ale.

Top Picks for Herb Spice Beer

Eight & Sand Beer Company Somethin Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Cream Ale
92 points
Eight & Sand Beer Company 1003 N. Evergreen Ave Woodbury, NJ, 08096, USA https://www.eightandsandbeer.com/ jbkizitaff@eightandsandbeer.com
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Herb Spice Beer
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh Sass Bright Ale x Ginger
86 points
Gold color. Spicy aromas of sliced and crystallized ginger, toasted baguette, plantain, and cardamom and lemongrass with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length kiwi-papaya relish, jicama, crackers, and pepper finish. A quenching ginger accented beer that will be fun to pair with Asian cuisines.