I wanted to boast a moment about one of my first real outstanding brews; thanks for bearing with me.
This winter, I wanted to do something with juniper; it sounded festive. But I wanted to soften the blow so I didn't make something that tasted like turpentine. Wikipedia tells us that two common botanicals in gin are bitter orange and coriander -- a combination I naturally recognized from Belgian wits.
So, starting with a Pale Ale kit from my local brew shop, I added a half ounce each of crushed juniper, bitter orange peel, and coriander. Poured warm into a frosty, the end result is stupidly good. It's a wonderful swirl of delicious flavors making sweet love in your mouth. Admittedly, some folks don't like the taste of the juniper, and I think it could have used a bit more coriander, but all in all a good start.
Anyone have any other recommendations for good juniper brews?