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    Ta! I did a search as well and it's a big thing in Finland, where birch is the commonest tree. Here in the northcentral Rockies, our only native birch is Copper or River Birch, which grows on streambanks. Pretty tree.

    We live on a river, but I think it's too cold here for the species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Never had birch beer. Wonder if they make it in Finland?
    I don't know, but we used to get it when I was a kid. Teenager, that is. As I recall, similar to root beer, but clear rather than brown, and more intense. 'Ma's Birch Beer' was the brand.

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    Did a search. I thught that perhaps birches (like maples) were tapped and the sugary sap fermented, but it seems that birch bark and twigs are most often boiled or soaked and sugar is added to the resulting infusion.

    Next time I'm in a city, I'll look for it.

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    grew up with birch beer, I think it was a Pennsylvania Dutch branded thing. delicious.

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    Default Re: Summer Drinks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    Did a search. I thught that perhaps birches (like maples) were tapped and the sugary sap fermented, but it seems that birch bark and twigs are most often boiled or soaked and sugar is added to the resulting infusion.
    The Russians drink Birch juice where the trees are tapped as you describe. I haven't seen it sold there as fermented though.

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    I've rediscovered whisky (or whiskey) and soda, with a handful of ice.

    Particularly nice with a good Irish blend. The bubbles waft the aroma up.

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    Default Re: Summer Drinks?

    I usually settle for water, but if I want something else I can have a mango or orange juice with little sugar.

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