spruce beer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spruce beer a brew made by fermenting molasses and other sugars with the sap of spruce trees (sometimes with malt)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spruce beer A kind of beer which is tinctured or flavored with spruce, either by means of the extract or by decoction.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. sprossenbier; sprosse sprout, shoot (akin to E. sprout, n.) + bier beer. The word was changed into spruce beer because the beer came from Prussia (OE. Spruce), or because it was made from the sprouts of the spruce. See Sprout n. Beer, and cf. Spruce n.

Usage

In literature:

Barrels of cider and spruce-beer are running freely into the wooden canteens of the soldiers.
"Old News" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The young shoots are much in demand for making spruce-beer.
"Among the Trees at Elmridge" by Ella Rodman Church
Why can't you come and stay a day or two with us, and drink some spruce beer?
"Yesterdays with Authors" by James T. Fields
Two men were appointed to brew spruce beer; and the carpenter and his crew were ordered to cut wood.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Others were employed to brew spruce-beer, as pine-trees abounded here.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
The only refreshment we could obtain was oaten bread, and weak spruce beer.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
Amherst thought that spruce beer was a remedy against scurvy and made great quantities of it.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Both sorts, when decanted clear off, are put up in casks or bottles, and preserved for making spruce beer.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
I told th' ole woman that spruce beer ain't so good as usual this brewin'.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Spruce gazed sternly in the direction of the whisperer, and drank some beer.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Oh, here 'tis; there, take it, and fan you, child; and maybe you'll have a glass of our spruce beer?
"The Pearl of Orr's Island" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
In some countries these bright-green sprouts are cut off and made into a kind of beer called spruce beer.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
Beer was brewed of the spruce.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
The sprays are sometimes used for making spruce-beer and essence of spruce.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
Spruce, beer of, 122-123.
"Stage-coach and Tavern Days" by Alice Morse Earle
The only time I ever drank "spruce" beer I did not like it.
"Modern Essays" by John Macy
Spruce beer, excellent cyder, and Philadelphia porter precede the wines.
"The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)" by Albert J. Beveridge
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In news:

Spruce Campbells branching into beer.
White House beer bash much tamer than all those rowdy nights yours truly once spent at the Spruce, the Peanut Bar and the IA's.
At Local 44 (4333 Spruce St.), owner Brendan Hartranft and Co. Are tapping 19 different Lost Abbey beers from SoCal's Port Brewing.
Holly Rebert examines a sample of her spruce tip beer in her Douglas apartment last week.
Spruce Campbells branching into beer.
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