Alcoholic Ginger Beer Update #3 – Sainsbury’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer


Alcoholic Ginger Beer

This review of Sainsbury’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer comes courtesy of  reader Chris Purdie, who suggested that I try it. I always like to keep an eye out for new products – Mrs. B always knows which aisles she’ll find me in, should I wander off in the supermarket – but it’s great to get tips from our readers.

This beer was created by the Head Brewer of Freeminer Brewery, Don Burgess, a gentleman who lives “to brew beer, not make money”. The Freeminer Brewery is situated in the Forest of Dean in Gloucester. The name “Freeminer” comes from the fact that, in the middle ages, if you were born within the area of the Hundred of St Briavels, you had the right to earn a living as a miner of the ore and coal deposits of the area.

In addition to working with Sainsbury’s, the brewery work with the Co-Op for their own-brand of beers.

On to the taste…

As with the Original Tasting, I went and saw David Smith Sr. and we tasted the product together.

The beer is quite gingery, but, thankfully, not too sweet. It has a good level of fizz, without being overly effervescent. The flavour starts off slowly and then builds in a crescendo of spiciness. The finish is long, but, apart from the residual tingle from the ginger, is relatively hollow. This ginger beer is refreshing and quite easy to drink; we both enjoyed it and would buy it again.

I was intrigued that, despite being made in a brewery, this was not an ale-led ginger beer and in fact was more similar to soft-drink-style ginger beer.

When I started looking into Alcoholic Ginger Beers, I knew of only one, but, as time has gone on, this will be the 11th that I have reviewed. It just goes to show that ginger is in at the moment and I consider Sainsbury’s contribution to be a welcome edition to the marketplace.

Sainsbury’s Taste The difference Alcoholic Ginger Beer is available for £1.62 for 500ml from Sainsbury’s

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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