[NAFEX] [ARTICLE] Alcoholic Beverages Made from Icelandic Birch

david liezen chandos49 at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 1 00:19:02 EDT 2011

Birch was a dominant cover for much of ancient England/Scotland, I have read. It may be overgrazing changed that landscape, and the brewing/drinking habits of the populace also.Dave Liezen, Spokane, WA

> Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:56:55 -0400
> From: dwoodard at becon.org
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [NAFEX] [ARTICLE] Alcoholic Beverages Made from Icelandic Birch
> I expect they are made from the sap. It's not a fruit product but I 
> think somewhat relevant to the list.
> See
> <http://icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/Alcoholic_Beverages_Made_from_Icelandic_Birch_0_381546.news.aspx> 
> Before Norse settlement some 1150 years ago much of Iceland was treed 
> and the main tree was birch. Sheep farming drastically reduced the tree 
> cover to almost nothing, but in recent decades there have been 
> significant efforts at reforestation. Native berries have long been 
> popular and I am told that recently gardeners have started to plant 
> apple trees, though spring weather can be rough.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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