From forest to fermenter – Spruce Pilsner

As the “Willy Wonka” of Michigan craft beer, we know a thing or two about making unique and tasty brews. With something new pouring from our pub taps nearly every week, we’re constantly inventing and looking for our next package-able brew. That being said, there are beers that one way or another, end up on our bottle release schedule year after year. These brews are truly one of a kind; they resonate on a deeper level than your average ale and tickle the senses with every taste. Today we write to announce the release of one of these landmark beers, Spruce Pilsner.

Spruce Pilsner (9.3% ABV – 85 IBU) is an Imperial Pilsner, fermented with local, hand-picked blue spruce tips. The spruce presence, rooted in historical brewing practices, is enormous and gives the beer a refreshing gin quality. This beer is impressively light-bodied, considering the immense spruce flavors and the prodigious additions of hops.

Maybe it’s the communal act of harvesting spruce tips with the Short’s family right here in Northern Michigan or the feeling of resurrecting a historical brewing practice that sets this beer apart. Maybe it’s the refreshing pine flavor. Whatever the reason, something about Spruce Pilsner keeps us wanting more. In fact, we almost didn’t brew it this year, but as spring wore on, we knew we couldn’t take another spin around the sun without a fresh batch of our piney brew.

We hope you’ll share in this special Short’s release. A limited number of Spruce Pilsner six-packs will be available in the state of Michigan beginning this week. This beer cellars exceptionally well, so stock up. Once she’s gone, she’s gone!