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Stinging nettles used to be used in Britain to provide bittering and anti-bacterial properties in beer brewing before hops were widely available / cultured.


You obviously have access to the Internet. You can buy hops online (sorry that this doesnt technically answer the question, but may solve Eaga's problem).


It is difficult to answer this question given that we don't know what is available in your local markets. One bittering agent substitute for hops that has been used historically is spruce. Take a look a the Wikipedia article on Spruce Beer


Generally, a beer created without the use of hops is called a 'gruit' or 'grut'. 'Gruit' (or 'grut') can also be the term used for the mixture of spices working as a bittering agent in the beer. Some herbs commonly used in gruit: sweet gale mugwort yarrow ivy horehound heather juniper ginger aniseed carraway and really, anything else a gruit producer ...


Beer can be made with hops substitutes, but be aware it won't taste like any beer you've ever had before.


Hops have only been used in beer since ca. the 13th century, where brewers used to use locally grown herbs and spices to offset the sweetness. You could try for example brewing a witbier and leaving out the hops, and using only coriander and sour orange to bitter.

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