My husband loves beer in moderation! Personally, I’ve never been a beer drinker, but I’m just beginning to learn an appreciation for beer and ale. What I love is the fact that we can make our own, and it’s MUCH better than commercially made beer! Plus, when we use herbs to make it, the beer contains the health benefits from all the plant goodness! This recipe below is for what I am calling “Spring Bitters.” Believe it or not, the herbs in this home brew help with digestive upset as well as help purify the body. This herbal ale turned out very well-balanced, and my husband has pronounced that it is the best one yet!
I learned how to make herbal ales and beers from two main places: Stephen Buhner’s book, Sacred & Herbal Healing Beers—and also by attending the Herbal Academy of New England’s Course on the Craft of Herbal Fermentation. I highly recommend both sources, not only for great recipes and ideas to inspire you, but to also give you a great foundation in using herbs in your ferments! For other great tutorials on making your own ales, see these articles too: How to Make Chamomile Ale, Mountain Man Herbal Beer, and my two part series on How to Make Herbal Ale (Part One here).
Here’s how to make Spring Bitters herbal ale, and this recipe in particular—super easily!