PW's Year of Beer: Crabbie’s Ginger Beer

By Eric San Juan
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You’d be forgiven for thinking alcoholic ginger beer is a modern alcopop invention. We all grew up with ginger ale and ginger beer existing only as soda. The fact is, though, that alcoholic ginger beer dates to at least the early 19th Century. At the time, these beer-like, ginger-infused beverages were fermented like any other beer. Eventually the non-alcoholic stuff took over and we forgot the real fermented stuff existed. Crabbie’s is making a big push right now, though, and is reintroducing the idea of alcoholic ginger beer to Americans. You’ll get no complaints here. With a spicy, ginger-heavy aroma, and zesty, citrus-kissed taste, this brew has the body of a beer and the lively zing of a dark & stormy. Walking the line between a shandy and a session IPA, expect this to make a big splash this summer. It’s been making the rounds at Pennsylvania beerfests, so watch for it at your favorite watering hole.

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