Homemade Birch Beer with Birch Sap or Birch Syrup

Birch Beer ~ Small Batch Recipe

This small batch of birch beer uses just birch syrup, water and yeast to create a wild foraged ale with a lot of birch flavor.


  • 1 cup birch syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 packet wine yeast


  1. Add the birch syrup to the bottom of a quart mason jar.  Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the birch syrup.  Stir to dissolve.

  2. Pitch 1/4 packet of wine yeast into a few tablespoons of water and allow the yeast to dissolve.

  3. Allow the birch syrup mixture to come to room temperature, and then pitch the yeast (add it in).  

  4. Cap with a mason jar fermentation kit, and allow the mixture to ferment at room temperature for a few weeks, until visible fermentation has stopped.  If you're using white sugar and birch sap, it may be done in less than a week.

  5. Carefully pour the birch beer off into another container, leaving any yeasty sediment behind in the mason jar.  Bottle in a simple flip top Grolsch bottle and allow it to age for at least a few days, but preferably 2 weeks, before drinking.