THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION
The Drink Nation Home Bar Project Cover

Beer Review: Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

by The Drink Nation on Jun 24, 2013 in Beer
Beer Review: Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

True, it’s not “beer” as we usually think of it, but Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is in fact the top-selling bottled ale in the UK. The refreshing British beverage has only been available in the US since 2012, but its popularity is spreading quickly, and a hot summer season should only further Crabbie’s growth.

First made in Scotland in 1801 with ginger brought back by merchants from the Far East, Crabbie’s is traditionally served over ice with a slice of citrus. An eight-week steep of ginger with four other secret ingredients results in a bubbly sip with a sweet-spicy kick. The 4.8% ABV means you don’t have to worry too much about how easy it is to drink - it’s a thirst quencher with a fun buzz.

If you hate ginger, obviously this is not the drink for you, but you don’t have to be a total ginger addict to enjoy Crabbie’s. The flavor isn’t much stronger than ginger ale, but there’s a much more complex finish, thanks to the long steep and fermentation. You won’t get an annoying tickle at the back of your throat from the spice, even after cracking open a couple of bottles.

The ginger beer also makes a great mixer for cocktails — add it to vodka for a slightly boozier twist on the Moscow Mule or use it in our favorite discovery: Crabbie’s and tequila. We’re not sure if there’s a name for this combo yet, but there should be. (We’ll ponder it over several more glassfuls this summer.)

Crabbie’s is available in select markets across the US, including New York, Philadelphia, DC, Baltimore, Denver and Portland, so if you don’t see it on the list at your favorite bar or are missing four-packs on the shelves of your local bottle shop, be sure to ask for it.

Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A New, High-End Blend of Jack Daniel's Whiskey is Now Available in the United States

A new, high-end blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, known as Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, which was previously only ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 15, 2019
Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Bourbon Is Now Available in 12 States With a New Barrel Reserve Expression

Coopers' Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon has debuted an entirely new label design, has expanded to more states...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Apr 3, 2019
PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

PBR is Making Its Own Whiskey For the Perfect Shot & Beer Combo

Pabst Blue Ribbon has filed documents to create its very own whiskey, making for the perfect shot & beer combo....read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

Behind the Bar: Tory Pratt of Pratt Standard

In this edition of Behind the Bar, we chatted with Tory Pratt, the founder of Pratt Standard....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 7, 2019
Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Acclaimed Director Ridley Scott Has Made Seven Short Films for Hennessy X.O.

Ridley Scott has directed a four-minute short film for Hennessy X.O. visualizing the seven flavors of the high...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Mar 4, 2019
Behind the Bar: Chris Morris, Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve

Behind the Bar: Chris Morris, Master Distiller of Woodford Reserve

On this edition of Behind the Bar, we had the honor to sit down with Chris Morris, the master distiller at Woo...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 28, 2019
Haagen-Dazs is Making Booze-Infused Ice Cream

Haagen-Dazs is Making Booze-Infused Ice Cream

Step aside, after dinner drinks - Haagen-Dazs is releasing a line of spiked ice cream....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 19, 2019
Take a Tequila Tour Through Mexico on Jose Cuervo's New 'Tequila Train'

Take a Tequila Tour Through Mexico on Jose Cuervo's New 'Tequila Train'

If you love tequila and traveling in style, you're in luck - Jose Cuervo has a new all-you-can-drink tequila t...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 19, 2019
You Can Now Drink Wine Out of a 'Pringles Can' Tumbler

You Can Now Drink Wine Out of a 'Pringles Can' Tumbler

After a news story about a woman in Texas who was asked to leave Walmart for drinking wine out of an empty Pringles can went viral, one enterprising E...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Feb 5, 2019
Behind the Bar: Dustin Wilson of Verve Wine & the SOMM Film Series

Behind the Bar: Dustin Wilson of Verve Wine & the SOMM Film Series

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we spoke to Dustin Wilson, a Master Sommelier who appeared in the SOMM ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 21, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close