According to some herbalists, thuja plicata (western red cedar) possesses medicinal powers, especially with regards to the human immune system. Foggy Noggin Brewing is not making any claims, but it did brew a beer using freshly cut cedar boughs. The essential oils in cedar are known to protect the tree from insects, mold, bacteria, and even viruses. So what the hell? Who knows, right? Can’t hurt.
Without making any claims about its medicinal powers, Foggy Noggin Brewing releases Cedar Bough IPA this Friday and Saturday at its taproom in Bothell, Washington. A limited supply of the beer is available for growler fills only.
How will this one go down? In my mind, away from the woo-woo medicine man properties, I imagine it having a dry-ish quality because of the cedar. Just a guess. Tune in to the brewery’s Facebook page this evening at 6:00 (Wed, May 6) for a live, virtual tasting and find out more.
Here is the release announcement from the brewery.
Could There Be A Beer To Help Fight The Coronavirus?
Western Red Cedar has a long history of providing our regions with medicinal powers (see attached link). By adding freshly harvested cedar boughs into the boil of our beer, we are creating a tea of the cedar and could be potentially providing similar immune benefits.
This week’s featured Fn beer – Cedar Bough IPA (Experimental IPA) 7.8% ABV – 79 IBU
This stay at home order got our creative juices flowing and we decided to harvest 3 pounds of freshly cut new growth western red cedar boughs and boil them into this IPA. The result is outstanding! Delicious delicate cedar tones mingle well with the hoppy character of this wonderfully balanced IPA. This is a very limited beer and available in growler fills only ($22). Available in growler fills Fri, Sat & Sun (May 8th – 10th) for curbside pickup (4-5pm) while the limited supply lasts.
You won’t want to miss out on the Virtual Tasting of This Week’s Featured Fn Beer – Wednesday – May 6th Live on Facebook at 6pm. We will walk you through the recipe, brewing notes and taste the beer virtually with you.