Pineapple Beer (Pynappelbier)

I continue my drinks series with Pineapple Beer - refreshment with a kick! This drink is popular throughout Africa and is usually brewed for special occasions and other festivities. Seeing that it is Fathers Day, why not make some Pineapple Beer? Just beware - unlike my Ginger Beer recipe, this beer this one does generate quite a bit of alcohol and is not recommended for children!

Pineapple Beer (Pynappelbier)
Makes about 7 litres
Recipe from: A Taste of Tradition by Magdaleen van Wyk & Pat Barton


  • skin and flesh of 1 large pineapple, chopped
  • 7 litres lukewarm water
  • 500 g white sugar
  • 75 ml raisins
  • 10 ml active dry yeast


  1. Wash the skin of the pineapple thoroughly before chopping it up, as well as the flesh. In a large container, stir the sugar and water until dissolved. Add the chopped pineapple and raisins and give a good stir. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir well and cover with a lid or a clean tea towel and leave it to ferment for 24 hours. Strain through a muslin cloth into clean plastic soda bottles. Cap the bottles after 12 hours and leave for another day or two before refrigerating. Remember to release the excess gas from the capped bottles at least twice a day. Keeps in the fridge for about one week.

Note: I know 7 litres is quite a lot for the smaller kitchen. You can easily have this recipe though. 


  1. thx so much! LOVE u'r blog! SA supporter!

  2. I can't wait to do this!

  3. Hi Kitchenboy.

    Is the yeast an essential ingredient?
    Just made some now and do not have yeast.

  4. yes. I just visited the site 3 min ago. i'm a South African, but I don't live in Hounslow. I'm in Northolt. No you don't need yeast. The skin of the pineapple has a natural wild yeast.

  5. Hi Kitchenboy

    I love pineapple beer. Can I make it without sugar.


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