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Recipe: De Garde Première with Spruce

From de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, Oregon, head brewer Trevor Rogers shares this recipe for a spontaneously fermented beer flavored with foraged spruce tips—though the process is easily adapted for mixed-culture pitches or clean, single-strain fermentations.

Trevor Rogers Feb 14, 2024 - 5 min read

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“This is our spontaneously fermented, farmhouse-inspired ale,” says Trevor Rogers, cofounder and head brewer at de Garde in Tillamook, Oregon. The beer is “a canvas for our native Saccharomyces, with this version featuring locally foraged spruce tips to complement.”

For nonspontaneous options—mixed-culture or otherwise—see the Brewer’s Note below. For more insights on brewing with spruce tips, see Unloose the Spruce. And for much more from Rogers on his approach to spontaneously fermented beers, see his Brewer’s Perspective on patience and sense of place, and tune in to Podcast Episode 28: De Garde’s Trevor Rogers on The Evolution of Their Spontaneous Process.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 70%
OG: 1.066
FG: 1.005
IBUs: 35
ABV: 8%

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