Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Long about now, an entire seven days into our trip to Hawaii, I can guarantee you that I never want to come home. Too many days in paradise can actually be a bad thing!

Tonight’s guest review comes from Jon. Jon (a.k.a. Taunton Green) has a cool little etsy shop where he sells custom wood products, including beer taster sets! You can check out his work at Jon brings us our first ever ginger beer review tonight: Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

First off let me say I know many people would thumb their nose at this particular “beer”. And indeed, I too, had gestured as such. I’m not exactly big on novelty, flavored, or gimmicky type stuff. And to call Crabbie’s a beer seems to be quite a stretch. Its more like an intensely gingery Ginger Ale with a very drinkable 4.8% .

The label suggests it is best served chilled over ice with a slice of lime or lemon – frequently a bad sign. The flavor is intense and it’s a tad sweet. But in this case sweet compared to what? Lets face it…it’s kind of in a category by itself. Being that I’m a bit of a beer snob and like my brews seriously hopped and very piney one would expect me to feed this one to Mr Plumber’s sloppy seconds.

But something strange happened when I took the first sip. It brought me back to a trip I took to Jamaica when I was just 12 years old. When we were there my father ordered a local beer, probably Red Stripe, and it was served in a pitcher, totally chilled, but instead of citrus like lime or lemon it was 50% extra dry golden ginger ale and sliced cucumber. My father being the scofflaw that he is of course had me drink some. It was delicious. And that is what this tastes like. So try it with sliced cucumber sometime – especially on one of those 90 degree scorchers when ya have some burgers on the grill and some time to kill. Overall – excellent summer thirst quencher!


Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.