Recently I had a chance to turn my attention to a regional soda – Boylan Bottling’s Original Birch Beer. My fourteen year old nephew was visiting us from France and inquired what Birch Beer was. And instead of settling for just describing it as ‘similar to root beer’ we decided to sit down and taste it.
We picked up a four pack of Boylan’s – the recipe of which dates to 1891 – it was their first product, although in a serum form, not the soda we enjoy today. Using cane syrup, as opposed to high fructose gives their Birch Beer a distinctively heavy, full-bodied mouth feel. If you enjoy craft root beers – you definitely need to reach out and explore this North Eastern U.S. product.