Spruce Ale

In the Southern forests of Sweden we plant trees and hand pick their shoots to make a natural, fresh and tasty Pale Ale.


A Successfull Experiment

It all started when we, one christmas tree farmer and one butler, got an idea. We realized that the sour taste of Spruce Shoots could be used to brew our own beer. With a really succesful Big Change Crowdfunding-campaign where we raised 28 772 SEK to do the experiment.

Even the Vikings brewed beer on spruce shoots, we read in the literature, but also “Karolinerna” the soldiers of the Swedish King, Karl the 12th, knew that spruce shoots had a preventive effect on their health. Spruce shoots were often used once, and the beers made of spruce shoots were very popular until the late 1800s. Many explorers, such as Captain Cook, used spruce ale during their long trips because it prevented scurvy and nausea.

So now, in co-operation with Klackabacken Brewery, we are brewing our unique Spruce Ale.


Handpicked Shoots

The sprouts are harvested in May and rapidly frozen before they're mixed with other ingredients, to create a perfect balance to the malt backbone.

Cascade Hops

The frozen Spruce Shoots are then mixed with Pilsner Sauer- and Carapils malt and then boiled with Cascade Hops.

Saison Yeast

The whole mix is then fermented with Saison Yeast and because the Ale is unfiltered it might be a bit turbid.

Brewing video

Spruce Gin


We always wanted to create not only beer but also a spirit with the unadulterated taste of spruce shoots, unclouded by additives or artificial flavours. After experimenting with various mixtures of spruce shoots and trying to get the most flavour out of them through different processing methods, we finally could manufacture our own unique and truly Spruce Gin.

Woody citric notes of herbaceous spruce shoots bring light and freshness to the flavour, the hint of honey makes it unusually smooth, mellow and long lingering, while light floral notes of orange and lavender flowers drift like a feather softly dripping a gentle calmness to the taste.


  • At the end of May we harvest the first spruce shoots, freeze them and then deliver them to Klackabacken Brewery who will brew our Spruce Ale.
  • First batch pale ale was brewed in July 2014. Some restaurants in the southern parts of Sweden called “Skåne” will already offer our Spruce Beer from the first batch.
  • “Systembolagets” article number for Spruce Ale is 1372.
  • In Germany, Hamburg, our Scandinavian Spruce Beer entered the market in September 2014. In Berlin as well as in Düsseldorf and Oelde it will enter the local market in January 2015.
  • During the fall of 2015 Scandinavian Spruce won Systembolagets award "Svenska Smaker"(Swedish Flavours). Our Spruce Ale is now a huge success all over Sweden.
  • 2015 we sent our first batch to USA. Shelton Brothers in Boston is receiving a delivery of Brown Ale and Spruce Ale.

Order & info


Order is placed by mailing order@klackabacken.se.

Private use

In Sweden you can buy it at: Systembolaget.se

In Europe you can buy it at: shop.dwersteg.de/produkt/scandinavian-spruce-gin/

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