The Wildcrafting Brewer

The Wildcrafting Brewer : Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature's Ingredients

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[Pascal]'s methods are effective, and his creativity is infectious. With gorgeous photos and clear technical details, this book will be a source of great inspiration. Sandor Ellix Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation

The perfect guide for DIY homebrewers, fermentation fans and foraging enthusiasts!

Fermentation fans and homebrewers are invited to discover a galaxy of wild and cultivated plants, fruits, berries and other natural ingredients traditionally used to make a whole spectrum of fizzy fermented drinks!

Wild-plant expert and forager Pascal Baudar's first book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine, opened up a whole new world of possibilities for readers wishing to explore and capture the flavours of their local terroir. Next in Pascal's Wildcrafted series, The Wildcrafting Brewer does the same for fermented drinks. Baudar reveals both the underlying philosophy and the practical techniques for making your own delicious concoctions. Illustrated with full-colour photographs and step-by-step techniques on how to make a variety of drinks, including:

Sugar, molasses & syrup-based beers such as ginger beer, mountain beer, nettle beer, wild Belgian beer
Country wines & meads including: elderberry wine, honey wine, herbal mead
Traditional drinks & medicinal brews such as tepache, fruit kvass, chaga beer
Naturally fermented drinks including: pinecone soda, mountain raspberry soda, elderflower soda, lacto-fermented drinks and much more!

Baudar is quick to point out that these recipes serve mainly as a touchstone for readers, who can then use the information and techniques he provides to create their own brews using local ingredients.

The Wildcrafting Brewer will attract foodies, herbalists, foragers and chefs alike with the author's playful and relaxed philosophy. Readers will find themselves surprised by how easy making your own natural drinks can be and will be inspired, again, by the abundance of nature all around them. Those interested in the wonders of foraging and fermenting can also check out his next book in the wildcrafted series, Wildcrafted Fermentation!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 7mm | 726g
  • White River Junction, United States
  • English
  • Full-color photographs throughout
  • 1603587187
  • 9781603587181
  • 24,666

Table of contents


1. Rediscovering the Past

2. Home Brewing Essentials

3. In Search of Wild Yeast

4. The Quest for Flavors

5. Methods of Brewing

6. Sugar, Molasses, and Syrup-Based Beers

7. Primitive and Country Wines and Meads

8. Ethnic Drinks and Medicinal Brews

9. Naturally Fermented Sodas


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Review quote

"Pascal Baudar takes wild fermentation to the next level with wild plants, wild yeasts, and wild bacteria. His methods are effective, and his creativity is infectious. With gorgeous photos and clear technical details, this book will be a source of great inspiration."-Sandor Ellix Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation "Owning one of Pascal Baudar's books is like possessing a key to the foraging kingdom-a key that opens the door to his unique approach to working with wild ingredients. Over the years, Baudar has developed an original culinary language of the land, working and exploring every element of terroir from salt and stones to insect sugars and plants. His methods are rigorously researched, and his piercing creativity and spirit of enquiry gives them life. The foraging world owes a great deal to Baudar's original research and generous spirit of sharing."-Marie Viljoen, urban forager and author of 66 Square Feet "Pascal Baudar has elevated the concept of terroir-that intricate symbiosis of Homo imbibens, native biota, microorganisms, and landscape-into the realm of extreme beverages, both fermented and unfermented. His book brings to life the innovative quest of the Palaeolithic shaman/healer/brewer."-Patrick E. McGovern, archaeologist and author of Ancient Brews and Uncorking the Past "Pascal's new book offers a wonderfully tangential and unrestrained approach to the world of home brewing by mixing foraging with wild booze alchemy and encouraging the reader to experiment, explore, and play. Whilst managing to make both topics fun and accessible, a comprehensive introduction leads to some delightfully simple recipes and plenty of great ideas, all complemented by beautiful photography."-John Rensten, founder of Forage London and author of The Edible City "Pascal Baudar eliminates the boundaries set by modern homebrewing "rules" and encourages brewers to go wild with creativity. Not only does he present simple guidelines for making truly unique brews that blur the lines between wine, beer, mead, and soda, but he provides readers with knowledge on how to brew with ingredients they likely already have access to in their kitchens, gardens, yards, and wildlands."-Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking "I wish I'd had The Wildcrafting Brewer years ago when I became obsessed with plant-forward, foraged, alcohol fermentation. Though often overlooked in contemporary brewing, Pascal Baudar focuses on the basics of foraging and alternative sugar sources. At once looking to indigenous history as well as reviving, or creating, innovative techniques, Pascal encourages people to get their hands dirty, fermenting with what is around them rather than worrying first about fancy tools."-Pete Halupka, Harvest Roots Ferments "I admire the foraging practice Pascal Baudar shares in The Wildcrafting Brewer-hiking into nature and gathering what's prevalent to create a fermented melange that carries the terroir of those moments he spent forest bathing, beachcombing, or urban scavenging. The season, the scents, the scenery-all imprinted into his bubbly brews. It inspires me to cleanse my aura with a sage cider cocktail and offer a libation of Achillea and Artemisia to the folks, like Baudar, who keep the spirited plant traditions going. This is a great reference book for both the herbalist's kitchen and the botanist's bar."-Jessyloo Rodrigues, herbalist and cocktail farmer
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About Pascal Baudar

Pascal Baudar is the author of three previous books: Wildcrafted Fermentation (2020), The Wildcrafting Brewer (2018), and The New Wildcrafted Cuisine (2016). A self-described "culinary alchemist," he leads classes in traditional food preservation techniques. Through his business, Urban Outdoor Skills, he has introduced thousands of home cooks, celebrity chefs, and foodies to the flavors offered by their wild landscapes. In 2014, Baudar was named one of the most influential local tastemakers by Los Angeles Magazine.
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