The recent popularity in Alcoholic shows no signs of abating with two new varieties of ginger beer released for Christmas 2011 and a popular brewery wading into the frey.
Crabbie’s Black Reserve
nose: strong slightly syrupy with a hint of spice and fire at the end
taste: crisp and citrusy to start with then some sweetness and a good kick of ginger fire. Medium to low fizz touch of smokiness to. This is refreshing, easy to drink and pleasantly quaffable.
with ice: the ice chills the ginger beer down nicely and on a scorch hot day this would be lovely, when it’s not so sweltering I’d go for having Crabbie’s Black chilled from the fridge to stop the drink becoming too watery.
Wychwood’s Ginger Beer
From the Wychwood Brewery in Witney. No doubt in response to the recent popularity of this sort of product. It remind me of their release of the rather tasty Green Goblin during the cider-over-ice craze of a few years back.
Wychwood describe Ginger Beard as:
“A traditionally crafted beer infused with fiery root ginger to deliver a refreshing spicy finish with a bit of bite.
Best served chilled or over ice to calm the flames!”
A dark, amber brown in colour.
nose: Initially, there was malt , followed by sweet ginger wine.
taste: Very smooth and quite sweet, with minimal fizz. It seemed like a real, middle ground between soda and ale.
with ice: much better, the flavour is tipped towards the soda side of that balance. Still, it’s a bit sweet and creamy, like ginger soda, but with malt undertones and a real, real fire on the aftertaste.