From the HBD Archive
From: Pierre Charles Jelenc <>
Subject: Mistletoe
Date: 1992-03-19 15:18:17 GMT

Jay Allen asked about mistletoe brewing in HBD 846.

All species of mistletoe are _poisonous_ (the american Phoradendron
sp. as well as the european Viscum sp.). They contain vasopressor
amines such as tyramine and phenylethylamine, and have been known to
kill animals as large as cows.

Furthermore, the major use of mistletoe (besides kissing under it) is
to manufacture birdlime, the sticky goo use to catch birds by gluing
them to a branch. Would you want glue beer?


Pierre Jelenc
Columbia University

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