How To Make Pale Ale In Stardew Valley

Looking for more opportunities to make money in Stardew Valley? In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know on how to make the artisan good, Pale Ales.


Being one of the best farming simulators out there, Stardew Valley has tons of different ways to make the most out of your crops. You can even make alcoholic beverages which you can sell for a lot of money. Out of all the alcoholic beverages, Pale Ales has got to be the easiest to make and is incredibly profitable.

What is Pale Ale?

Pale Ale is an artisan good made from Hops when aged through a Keg.Just like its real life counterpart, it’s an alcoholic drink that can make you Tipsy. Seriously. When you drink Pale Ale in the game, you get a buff called Tipsy which decreases your Speed by 1. Anyway, out of all the beverages you can make in a Keg, Pale Ale is the second most profitable because of its value and the time it takes to produce. If you invest in some Hops and some Kegs, you’ll be swimming in gold in no time.

What can you use Pale Ale for?

While technically you can drink Pale Ale, I mean it does restore your Health and Energy by a decent amount, but you’d be better off selling it. Besides, making Pale Ale is so easy that you’ll have plenty left for you to keep for yourself while still selling large quantities of it. A Pale Ale on its own and at its base quality can be sold for 300g. Now that’s a lot considering how easy it is to make Pale Ale. To get the most value out of it, however, you can place it inside a Cask to age and sell it for a much higher price. 

Aside from selling it, Pale Ale can also be given as a gift to certain Villagers. Pam in particular loves this beverage. In fact, you’ll actually receive a quest called Pam is Thirsty by mail on the 14th of Summer. Pam will get a hankering for Pale Ale since regular beer isn’t enough for her. Sounds like Pam has a problem but if you complete the quest, she’ll reward you with 350g and 1 Friendship Heart.

You’ll also need Pale Ale to complete the Brewer’s Bundle in the Pantry over at the Community Center. 

How do you make Pale Ale?

The first thing you’ll need are Hops. You can buy a Hops Starter from Pierre’s General Store for 60g each or from Jojamart for 75g each without a membership and 60g if you’re a member. This crop takes 11 days to mature and can be harvested on the 12th day. The best thing about Hops is that you can harvest one everyday after it matures. 

The next thing you’ll need is a Keg. You’ll get the recipe for a Keg as soon as you reach Farming Level 8. It’s not something that you can make right away, but you’ll eventually get it if you keep planting and harvesting crops. To craft a Keg, you’ll need 30 Wood, 1 Copper Bar, 1 Iron Bar, and 1 Oak Resin.

Once you have Kegs, you can go ahead and place your Hops inside them. It’ll take 2250 minutes or 1.5 days of in-game time for your Pale Ales to be ready.

Now, you can go ahead and sell your Pale Ales as is, but you can age it further to increase its rarity and its selling price. To do this, you must place your Pale Ale into a Cask. Casks only work when placed inside a Cellar. You just need to fully upgrade your Farmhouse and Robin will take care of everything. She’ll add a Cellar plus a bonus of 33 Casks on the house. At this point, you can make more Casks using  20 Wood and 1 Hardwood.  

There are levels of rarity or quality you can age your Pale Ale to. The longer you age it, the more valuable it becomes. Silver Star Pale Ales require 9 days and sell for 375g, Gold Star Pale Ales require 17 days and sell for 450g, while Iridium Star Pale Ales require 34 days and sell for 600g. As you can see, the highest quality of Pale Ales doubles its initial value. So remember to age your Pale Ale before you start selling it.

Useful Tips

  1. You can only grow Hops during Summer. However, if you have access to your Greenhouse, it will grow year round. The same goes for your Island Farm.
  2. Pick the Tiller Profession once you reach Farming Level 5 so that you’ll get a chance to get the Artisan Profession at Farming Level 10. If you have the Artisan Profession, all artisan goods will be sold for 40% more than its current value. So if you had this profession and sold an Iridium Pale Ale, you’ll get a whopping 840g. 
  3. You can place a Pale Ale on the spool of a Sewing Machine to make a cool looking Black Leather Jacket.
  4. You know what else sells for a lot of money? Wine. You can check out our guide on how to make Wine here.

So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know about making Pale Ales in Stardew Valley. Be sure to check back with us often for more guides on all your favorite games. Have fun!