Brewing Spices - Information and Spice Variations

In the last couple of decades, small-batch craft brewers have popped up all ever America, putting a dent in the hegemony of the mass-produced lager beer. Home brewing is a great way to experiment with styles and flavors from pale ales to stouts. If you're going to the trouble of making your own beer, we've got the very best spices to add flavor.

Spanish Anise Seed, Whole or Ground

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Anise seed is native to the Mediterranean basin, and has been used throughout history in both sweet and savory applications. Anise has long been know…

Annato Seeds

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Annato seed is also known as achiote. This seed grows on the annato tree. It is used primarily in Mexican and Caribbean cooking to impart a rich ye…

Cacao Nibs, Roasted

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These are simply the cleaned, roasted, winnowed and lightly crushed cacao beans. Their taste is nicely bittersweet, and they have the crunchy, toasty…

Caraway Seeds, Whole or Ground

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Caraway seeds are on the shopping list for most of our German customers. This traditional taste is used in sauerkraut, coleslaw, goulash, stews, che…

Cassia Buds

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Cassia Buds are the unopened flowers of the cassia (cinnamon) tree that are picked just before blooming and dried in the sun. Cassia buds look lik…

Ancho Chile Peppers, Whole or Ground

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Ancho peppers are the dried version of Poblano, or "people" peppers. Their flavor is somewhat sweet and somewhat raisin-like, with medium heat. The o…

Ceylon "True" Cinnamon, Whole or Ground

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Cinnamomum zeylanicum These tightly-rolled quills are very delicate. They feel like parchment paper, which you can break apart with your fingertips…

Cloves, Whole or Ground

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Cloves are by far the most prominent of the spices known as "flower spices." Just before the buds blossom, they turn pink, at which point they must …

Coriander Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Coriander is a pleasantly sweet spice with a lemony top note. It is commonly used in chili and curry dishes. The coriander plant produces both a spic…

China "Number One" Ginger, Whole Root Or Powder

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Dehydrated Ginger root comes in whole and powdered form. It is very healthy and useful for baking, marinades and sauces. Once you find ginger creep…

Grains of Paradise

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Grains of Paradise come from West Africa, where they grow on a leafy plant and are easily harvested. The name comes from Medieval spice traders look…

Juniper Berries

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Juniper berries are used primarily to flavor wild game. Due to the many hunters among our customers, juniper berries have always been in great dem…

Lemon Peel Zest

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Lemon Peel is an intensely flavored dehydrated lemon zest that will save you time in your baking activities. It is the dehydrated zest of the lemon;…

Nutmeg, Whole Or Ground

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Nutmeg has a flavor that is quite strong. In small amounts, it blends in with great subtlety. You will find it called for in many vegetable recipes …

Orange Peel Zest

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Our orange peel is just as tangy as freshly grated zest, and far less work. These extra fancy California small minced pieces offer exceptional flavo…

Seville Bitter Orange Peel Zest

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Seville oranges, also called bitter oranges, are not as pungently citrusy as the oranges we eat. The dehydrated zest from these oranges is milder an…

Tellicherry Black Peppercorns

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Tellicherry whole black peppercorns are left on the vine longer so they develop a deep, rich flavor. Considered the finest pepper in the world, thes…

White Malaysian Peppercorns

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White peppercorns come from the same vine as the black. They are soaked in water, which softens the shells, whereupon the shells are removed. Thei…

Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Vanilla Beans

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Vanilla is an indispensable flavoring for sweet foods. You will find whole vanilla beans called for in creme brulee, creme anglaise, most dessert sau…

Mexican Vanilla Beans

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Mexico has always had the reputation for the best vanilla, but it is much more difficult and expensive to produce the highest quality vanilla crops.…

Tahitian "Gold" Vanilla Beans

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We are very proud to offer these prize Tahitian vanilla beans to our customers. This is one of the few circumstances where being a smaller company ha…