David – I must admit, I’ve never persisted in extracting the meat from a beechnut, either. If you do, let us know what it tastes like!
Patry – I have the feeling that if you ever got a digital camera, you’d blow us all out of the water.
Rurality – No, not really. The thujone content is a fraction of what its close relative, wormwood contains; it may contribute some extra bit of elation, but that’s hard to isolate. The most noticeable difference between a beer brewed with yarrow or mugwort and a “normal” beer that uses hops is that you don’t get the depressive/soporific effect of the hops.