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Old 07-25-2011, 01:50 AM   #1
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My brother Wayne was telling me about how they made beer from the sweet, sticky substance that comes from the pods of the Honey Locust tree. If I remember correctly, he said this was popular in the 1700's. He mentioned entire plantations of Honey Locust trees being grown for this purpose.
Is anybody familiar with this type of beer? If so, how could I go about getting more information from websites, books, etc.? It seems like something that would have a very unique flavor!


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Sounds like a job for some serious google-fu and historical research. I was interested enough to look some up:

In leaner, greener times the generous honey locust supplemented our forefather’s diet in several ways. Scrape up a bit of the pulp and taste it – it’s everything your nose just promised you and more. The hard ripe seeds can be roasted and ground for a coffee substitute, though the flavor reminds me more of bitter chocolate. Come spring and early summer, the new pods and the sweet green seeds within can be sautéed or eaten raw as a vegetable. Most importantly, I am told – though I have not yet been brave enough to try it – that the following recipe yields a palatable beer. With any luck, I’ll be drunkenly typing the results of my experiments to you in the weeks to come.

Honey Locust Beer Recipe


Long black honey locust pods (number depends on how big of a crock or keg is being used).
Ripened persimmons or sliced apples (number same as above)
2 cups of molasses

Break the locust pods into pieces. Place a layer in a keg or crock. Add the persimmons or apples. Cover with boiling water. Add two cups of molasses. Let stand for three for four days before using.

Check out what Hubie posted at the bottom of this page:

Reading through this though, it appears that the honeylocust is being used as a fermentable source and not much more with the flavor coming from the fruit and molasses. Natural fermentation though, so it might get interesting.
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All I know is the deer LOVE them here. When I am hunting I see them eating and even carrying the pods around in their mouths like their equivalent of a fast food drive through. Makes me believe there has to be some nice sugars in those pods.
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