Our History

Our story starts in 1891, when a Pharmacist named William Boylan created an elixir in his Paterson, NJ apothecary.

He named that serum, a derivative of birch trees, Boylan’s Birch, and through most of the 20thcentury Boylan remained a Birch Beer brand local to NJ.

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Over the years Boylan was distributed in many forms and packages. In the earliest days, Boylan Birch Beer was marketed as a soda fountain beverage, before it was first bottled in the early 1900s. During Prohibition in the 1920s, Boylan was actually sold in unused beer barrels, and from the 1940s through the 1970s, the Birch Beer was primarily sold in kegs to taverns in New Jersey.


In the latter part of the 20th century, back in glass, Boylan found its greatest success in the 12 oz. highly decorated glass bottles for which the brand has become so well known, although even today Boylan can be found in the soda fountains of restaurants who want to pour a better beverage.

With the help of those distinctive glass bottles, Boylan Bottling Co. became even more well known for the variety of sodas they contained. Although Birch Beer will always be a big part of the Boylan brand heritage, Boylan today is best known for its full line of hand crafted sodas, ranging from core Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Cane Cola and Crème sodas, to our bold fruit flavors, such as Black Cherry, Orange and Grape.

And while the packaging varied greatly over the years, from fountains to barrels to kegs and bottles, and the flavor lineup expanded dramatically, what never changed was Boylan’s commitment to making sodas the right way, from home grown recipes and the best quality ingredients for maximum flavor.

Today the Boylan brand’s strongest following still resides near its birthplace around the New York Metro and MidAtlantic areas, but as Boylan follows the demand of its passionate fans, our sodas are now available in over twenty states and on three different continents. Today more people than ever have the chance to experience Boylan’s bold flavors and appreciate the way sodas can taste when they’re done right.