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spruce beer

noun
1.
a fermented beverage made with spruce leaves and twigs, or an extract from them.
Origin of spruce beer
1490-1500
First recorded in 1490-1500
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Examples from the Web for spruce beer
Historical Examples
  • I told th' ole woman that spruce beer ain't so good as usual this brewin'.'

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • spruce beer is another by-product which has long been manufactured in New England and the eastern Canadian provinces.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • He refers at different times to the value of spruce beer, ale, wine and other vinous liquors.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • The neighbour gave us spruce beer, a flat decoction, which we found somewhat insipid, and then he started to talk.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • Amherst thought that spruce beer was a remedy against scurvy and made great quantities of it.

    Ben Comee

    M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • In addition to this medicine I drank, as my common beverage with my meals, spruce beer.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for spruce beer

spruce beer

noun
1.
an alcoholic drink made of fermented molasses flavoured with spruce twigs and cones
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