Why Canadians in the U.S. Pine for Elusive Spruce Beer Soda

July 30, 2015

Tree-flavored soda is a thing.

According to Canadian-turned-Kentuckian Alex Luken, spruce beer soda tastes like a Christmas tree in a glass. As a child growing up in Montreal, Luken recalls special trips her grandfather would make out to the suburbs to buy bottles whenever she visited. However, today she only has one can in her fridge left from the case her daughter found on a road-trip to Canada during the spring, and it’s the last can she will have until her daughter returns north again next year.

The drink—made of boiled spruce needles—was once popular with indigenous North Americans as a…