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KINGSTON, MA – The United Kingdom’s number one selling bottled beer, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has recently made its debut in the United States. Now available in 18 states, famed Crabbie’s (4.8%) is fermented with the finest imported ginger and steeped for up to eight weeks to allow the complex natural flavors to fully develop, creating a smooth ginger beer with deep, deliciously spicy flavor and a sparkling finish. Crabbie’s is a refreshing ginger beer – only for grown-ups – that is ideal served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.
“Crabbie’s is a great alternative for people who like to drink beer or cider, with no equal in today’s American market,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s. “With the current U.S. explosion of beers brewed with herbs and spices, we can’t imagine a better time to introduce Crabbie’s to America’s discerning drinkers.”
Scottish merchant-adventurer John Crabbie first imported ginger from the Far East into the ancient port of Leith, Edinburgh in 1801. Today, more than 200 years later, John Crabbie’s still uses the same ginger to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of their ginger beer.
Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats: a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as the classic Dark and Stormy and the Moscow Mule.
Crabbie’s can currently be found at fine retailers, restaurants and bars in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Personally, I’ve never heard of this. But I do enjoy Ginger beer, so I’ll keep an eye out.
My feelings on ginger are mixed. Love it fresh, can’t stand Ginger Ale (the pop), love the women. This is my first try at a ginger beer, Left Hand Good Juju.
The color is a hazy light copper with a fluffy just off-white head. One whiff and even if you didn’t read the label, you’d know it’s a ginger beer. The most powerful flavor is, of course, ginger, but there’s some malt and a bit of hops in the finish. It’s not particularly complex, but I do think the ginger is well balanced. Just a tinge of that ginger heat, too. You don’t need to worry about the alcohol in this one, just 4.5%. I’m thinking of some Chinese dishes this would be the perfect match with.
Another winner from Left Hand. I’d like a little bit more hops just to give it a bit more complexity, still it’s very good.
Can’t beat that bottle design, either. I don’t like all their bottle redesigns, but I love this one.