Yarrow, Heather Tip, Cherry Bark Ale

We've been experimenting with herbal ales that use no hops at all. Last summer we gathered some Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) which is native to Colorado with the intent of making an ale with a good bitterness and a subtle Yarrow flavor. After a few experiments we landed on this recipe. We added a few other herbs to round out the Yarrow taste and offer a refreshing herbal note. Add a few drops of DRAM Citrus Medica to a tall glass of this chilled brew, enjoy on the porch in the waning heat of a summer evening. So lovely!

Ingredients for 3 gallons

  • 3 lbs. (1.4 kg) light liquid extract
  • 1lbs brown rice syrup
  • 2 oz. dried yarrow 60min
  • .5 oz heather tips 60min
  • 1 oz dried yarrow 5min
  • .5 oz heather tips 5min
  • .5oz wild cherry bark 5min
  • American ale type yeast
  • 1/2 c. (140 ml) corn sugar (for bottling)

Add the malt extract, .5 oz dried heather tips and 1 oz of dried yarrow to 3 gallons of water and boil for 60 minutes. During the final 5 minutes of boiling add 1 oz. yarrow, .50z cherry bark and .5oz heather tips.

Add water to make 3 gallons. Pitch the yeast when cool. Bottle when fermentation is complete (about 2 weeks).

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  • Posted by Jack on September 13, 2017

    Hi, looking forward to making this but the method does not seem to include all the ingrediants.

    Any help welcome.

    Many thanks.

  • Posted by Cameron Miller on December 08, 2015

    Thanks for the recipe!

    I’m gathering the ingredients now…I wonder, do you have a recommendation for what type of light liquid extract?

    Or an online retailer of cherry bark / heather tips?


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