Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Alright, time for something a little different, an Alcoholic Ginger Beer, from Crabbie's, a UK based company specializing in Ginger Beer.  

Now, is Ginger Beer really beer?  To answer that I'd need to know the ingredients, and according to the Crabbie's website, those are a secret!  Other than they use a lot of steeped ginger, which is totally cool everywhere but Germany.  So, it might be a legit beer, with malted grains, water, hops, and yeast, or it might not have the hops.  There is certainly no taste of hops here, but that's okay because it drinks more like a cocktail than a beer, albeit a very weak cocktail at only about 5% alcohol.  

Served with slices of lime and lemon as suggested, it was a very crisp and refreshing drink with a combination of lemon-lime and ginger flavors.  Very well carbonated and easy to drink, I could see drinking a few of these on a hot summer day, but it's nothing that really gets me excited for more.

An interesting concept, but not really my thing.  Thanks to Crabbie's for sending me a bottle though, I know some people out there would really enjoy this drink, I'm just not one of them.