Goya Ginger Beer

There is some irony in this post.  The day that I go to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and make my first pilgrimage to Wegmans they are connected in a strange way – Goya.  I ran across the Goya Ginger Beer after visiting the Francisco de Goya exhibit.  Enough of the connection, I’ll jump to the ginger beer.

I popped the top, and took a sip – smoother than I recall.  It’s got a super sugary cling to my teeth feel with a semi harsh feel.  I would give it a five out of a ten.  It’s just not great.  It might be a good cooking ginger beer.

Goya - Ginger Beer
Goya – Ginger Beer

 

 

 

Barr’s Ginger Beer

Asked what I wanted for a gift for Christmas 2014, I had one response “Barr’s Ginger Beer“.  I hadn’t yet tried the soft drink, and I have had it on my Ginger Beer Bucket List for some time.  I’ve done the request search for Ginger Beer on Amazon.com and searched various soft drink review sites, and compiled my list, checked it twice, and had it approved by various gift givers.

On December 24th, I opened the one present I was allowed to open, and found a pack of 24 Barr’s Ginger Beer – the Scottish Soft Drink’s amazing soft drink.  As a side note, I have to say the packaging is very cool – all bear 🙂

Barr's Ginger Beer
Barr’s Ginger Beer

As I have found with all great packaging, they tell a story, and offer a suggestion, and include the best news…. Natural Ginger Flavorings.  There is also a nice surprise that they add lemon juice too.

Ingredients
Ingredients

I would love to say I followed my protocol for testing – two cups – one with ice, one with out.  I just popped the top, and took a sip.

My initial thoughts are – smooth… wait for it…. spicy.  It’s a pleasant feeling. Some ginger beers can be slightly harsh, this ginger beer was smooth and delicious.  Barr’s is going to to the top of my list of Ginger Beer – 10 out of 10.

Almost Homemade Ginger Soda…. and Almost Homemade Sarsaparilla

If you haven’t been…. If you haven’t visited… Portland, Maine is a quick drive from Boston.  I headed up to Maine for the day, and I ended up in the downtown Portland area.

After doing the mandatory shop visits – Bakery, LeRoux and Vervacious, I ended up at In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation.   Just one year or so old, In’finiti is a Brewery and Distillery, they make their own beers, rums, vodkas, whiskeys, and Sodas!  yum… my favorite.

The sodas, ginger, citrus and sarsaparilla, are all “homemade” – technically they are not at home, but made in the residence of the business.  The method is clear – they take the ginger root, the citrus and sarsaparilla and boil it with a simple syrup.  The simple syrup is most likely one part sugar for one part water and reduced.   The sarsaparilla had the earthy flavor of raw sarsaparilla root.  The ginger had a raw flavor of peeled / fresh ginger.

When I ordered, the bartender grabbed a bottle of the infused soda – one shot, and filled the rest to the top with seltzer water.  When the foam subsided, the bartender fills the rest with Ice, and serves.

Delicious!   For any fan of homemade sodas, give them a try.

Gosling’s Ginger Beer

Gosling’s is a name you might be familiar with it if you have had the Goslings Bermuda Black Rum – They have been around since 1806. They are one of the few rum distillers to also be a vendor for Ginger Beer (or at least one of the few I’ve found).

The Ginger Beer is my backup plan when the stores have no other Ginger Beer.  It’s good, but a little harsh when not on ice.  It tastes a bit of the dried ginger root – concentrate being 10x more punch than the raw Ginger Root.

I give the ginger beer a 7 out of 10.  Good, but not great. It’s also one of the few Ginger Beers that I can find in Plastic Bottles and Aluminum Cans.

Gosling’s is also famous for the Dark and Stormy. http://www.goslingsrum.com/microsites/stormygingerbeer.php

Gosling GInger Beer Can
Gosling GInger Beer Can

Barritt’s Ginger Beer – Smooth

I am not sure what year, day, hour or second I was introduced into Barritt’s Ginger Beer; I know it was a good day.  I am sure the sun was out, the birds were chirping, and a bottle opener was close at hand.

Barrit’s comes in two containers – Glass Bottles and Aluminum Cans.  I strongly recommend that you get the glass bottles.  There is a slightly better flavor from the Glass Bottles – it tastes smoother from the glass bottle.  I am also sure they mastered the glass bottle much earlier in the history of Barritt’s than the aluminium can. They were founded in 1874.

I keep going back for more and more Barritt’s it’s a smooth Ginger Beer, there is no taste of dried ginger beer.   The ginger beer tastes of a fresh ginger flavor with a little heat.   I find the heat is minimized with crushed ice, and provide a crisp and refreshing sip.

It’s the Cadillac of Ginger Beers.  I give it a 10 out of 10.  Enjoyment, Refreshing, and I want more.

You can find it at http://www.barrittsgingerbeer.bm/overseas.html

Barritt's Ginger Beer

Welcome

I decided to do it. Yes do it.

It is… Dedicating a Blog to Ginger.  I have such a hard time finding my favorite spice / drink and food when I want.   What’s the best Ginger Beer? What are the cool recipes with Ginger?  What are the best Ginger candies?  What are the most interesting medicinal cures? What are the most interesting places to travel and have ginger?

Ginger (Ginger Root) is a spice found in the South East Asia and African nations.  Per Wikipedia, 1.6 million tons were produced in 2008.  1.6 million tones of the beautiful flowering plant and spice were harvested, transported to market, sold, and consumed.  I plan on consuming as much of that as possible. It’s delicious and spicy.

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