For a time, all beer was made from foraged ingredients.  Gruits were made from herbs and spices growing nearby and reflected the land around the home of the brewer.  As hops skyrocketed in popularity and as standard, industrial lager took over the world, beer from interesting plants have been all but forgotten. 

Thankfully, there are breweries and beer lovers re-discovering the joys of beers made from foraged ingredients.  Foraged beer offers culinary surprises, reflect terroir and paint a unique liquid portrait of the land from which they came.


Inspired by the quintessential wonder of the Southwest, Missy Begay is co-founder and creative director at Bow & Arrow leading the branding & marketing teams as well as design development. She was born in Albuquerque and raised on the Navajo (Diné) Nation. A granddaughter of Navajo silversmiths & weavers, Missy strives for artistic balance within her medicine profession and is an avid seeker of dirt road photography projects. Missy enjoys researching desert botanical plants, storytelling and exploring the Southwest in her Land Cruiser. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of New Mexico. She serves on the UC Davis Tapping Potential Diversity Scholarship Advisory Council

Marika Josephson is the co-owner and brewer at Scratch Brewing Company, a farmhouse brewery located outside the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. She and partner Aaron Kleidon are three-time semifinalists for the James Beard Award, and co-authors of The Homebrewer’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Making Your Own Beer from Scratch.

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