Ginger Beer

Brewmaster’s Notes

As kid, our relatives in England used to send ginger beer essence to us here in Canada at Christmas time. It was always spicy-hot and we learned to like it because it was a taste from the old country and it was an essential part of our Christmas tradition. I was involved in brewing Ginger Beer when I was a younger brewer back in the 80’s and was ] intrigued by what a fantastically complex and thirst quenching flavour that you got from it. Using baby stem ginger gives the beer a really bright, fresh ginger flavour without too much heat. Those drinkers looking for something that tastes like the Jamaican soda will find this a very dry and mild version of the soft drink.

This Ginger Beer is an ale made with pale, Munich and chocolate malts and infused with German Hersbrucker hops and Asian stem ginger. The ginger is added with the aroma hops at the end of the boil. The overall effect is that of a very pale amber (ginger coloured!) beer with a bright, fresh ginger aroma medium bodied mouth feel, slightly warming ginger aftertaste, and round maltiness. This is a very satisfying pint that you can drink all night. The ginger flavour is light enough that after the first two or three sips it blends very subtly into the palate of the beer and becomes only one thread of a very clean, complex tapestry of flavours.

Tasting Notes: Fresh ginger aroma leads into a very round and well balanced palate with sweet munich malt tones and a slight underlying spice-heat. Slightly lingering and drying aftertaste with malt, ginger and floral hop notes.
Appearance: Very pale copper/amber with a white head
Aroma: Fresh ginger and yeasty caramel notes
Body: Medium
Serving Suggestions: Seafood, potato salad, fish and chips, soft cow’s milk cheese

Hops Variety: US Nugget, Czech Saaz
Malt Variety: Pale, munich, wheat malt, chocolate malt
Yeast: American Ale

ABV: 5.0
IBU: 31
Glassware: Tulip Pint Glass
Style: Spiced Beer
Serving Temp: 4-6 deg C