A couple months ago Tofino Brewing produced a few casks of what they called Spruce Tip IPA. I tried this delightful beer at the Central City Summer Cask Festival and found it to be awesome. It was like their regular, very good IPA, but with a nice spruce aroma. It tasted a little bit like trees, in a good way.
Today I got an email from Phillips Brewing letting me know that they are releasing a limited quantity of Evergreen Ale, a spruce infused west coast pale ale. Two spruce beers in two months! Like fresh hops a couple years ago, is this going to be a new trend in west coast brewing? Phillips indicated in their release that Captain Cook was the first to brew a spruce beer in BC back in 1788 (check out this old timey recipe). Clearly, he failed to start the trend. However, I did do a little research (read googled ‘spruce ipa’) and it seems that a few other breweries and plenty of home-brewers have been brewing with spruce tips of late. Both Tofino and Phillips used Sitka Spruce, maybe because it’s the tastiest spruce? I really have no idea.
Anyway, if spruce beers taste like Tofino’s Spruce Tip IPA, then I would like more spruce in my beer please.