Every year, I mark the Ginger Beer Season with a special star on the calendar. For me, the season lasts for almost twelve months (along with the Season for Rosé and Doughnuts), for the fizz starts popping as the days grow warmer and longer, studio hours stretch to infinity, and my mouth turns dry like the palms of an experienced rock-star. The difference between ginger beer and ginger ale is no less amusing. While the former is brewed like normal beer — through fermentation of bacteria — the latter is primarily sugary water with some stuff they sometimes add in bubble gum. The problem is, one is not necessarily more delicious than the other.
This season, I challenged myself to peruse the shelves of all the bearded-owner shops I could find in and around Brooklyn in search for the best ginger drink one could enjoy on a bright day.
Spring Water, Pure Fructose, Ginger Root, Natural Flavor, Ascrobic Acid.
Fermented Ginger Root Extract, Carbonated Spring Water, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Natural Flavours: Ginger, Capsicum, Lemon, Speedwell, Juniper, Yarrow Extracts, Pear Juice Concentrate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid.
Filtered Carbonated Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural Ginger Flavor, Lemon Juice, Ginger Root, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.
Sparkling Filtered Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Ginger Flavor Extracts, and Other Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Quillaia Bark Extract, Caramel Color, Gum Arabic, Ester Gum, and Guar Gum.
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Natural and Artificial Ginger Flavoring, Citric Acid, Natural Cloud, Sodium Benzoate, Natural Extract of Quillaia Bark and Caramel Coloring.
Carbonated Belvoir Spring Water, Organic Sugar, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Fresh Root Ginger Infusion 2%, Ginger Extracts, Citric Acid, Capsicum Extract.
Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Ginger Root, Natural Flavours, Citric Acid, Yeast, Preservatives, Ascorbic Acid.
Ginger Ales & Sodas
Los Angeles, CA
Sparkling Filtered Water, Sweetened by a Blend of Raw Cane Sugar, Pineapple Juice from Concentrate and Honey, Fresh Ginger Root, Lemon and Lime Juices from Concentrate and Spices.
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Caramel Color, Natural Flavors.
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate, Caramel Color, Sucralose.
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar, Citric Acid, Natural Flavoring, Caramel Color.
12. R.W. Knudsen Family Spritzer
Sparkling Filtered Water, Ginger Root Puree, White Grape and Apple Juice Concentrates, Ginger Extract.
13. Maine Root
Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Cane Juice, Ginger Juice, Lemon Zest.
14. Grown-Up Soda
New York, NY
Purified Sparkling Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Gingerroot Extract and Other Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Caramelized Sugar for Color.
New York, NY
Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Ginger, Lemon and Lime Oils, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, and Caramel Color.
Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Caramel Color, Natural and Artificial Flavors.