Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

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
spacer

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:
 
Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Ed Lazzerini says his goal is clear - to make world class wine in Pennsylvania. From the taste of it, he is well on his way. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 21, 2020
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

In this history segment, we take a closer look at a classic cocktail: The Boulevardier....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 2, 2020
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

Power the Polls PA is looking for unemployed restaurant workers to work the polls and will pay for their time....read more ›

by Drink Philly Sep 16, 2020
You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

Restaurants throughout the Center City limits are offering pre-made cocktails in special take out containers...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 18, 2020
Cocktails to Go in Bars & Restaurants Legalized in PA During Lockdown: Here's Where to Get Them in Philadelphia

Cocktails to Go in Bars & Restaurants Legalized in PA During Lockdown: Here's Where to Get Them in Philadelphia

Bars & restaurants in PA can now sell cocktails-to-go. Here's where to find them in Philadelphia...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 21, 2020
Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Right now the hospitality industry is—to put it lightly—struggling. We created a resource directory for an...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Mar 20, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Bars and restaurants are officially closed (and offering take-out and delivery only), so your favorite bartend...read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2020
SPONSORED
View all Articles

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

Close