I've written about Crabbie’s Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer before which was an excellent winter warmer. This Alcoholic Ginger Beer was blended with strawberries and lime and sounded like the ideal cooling down factor I needed after a hot day in a stuffy office, which had been followed by a hot sticky workout at the gym. There was a sharp sweet strawberry smell on opening the ginger beer which had a zing of lime at the end of the odour. On pouring this brew into my beer glass this fizzy ginger beer had a hot pink colour that would make the toughest guy blush. You'd have to be pretty self assured of your own sexuality to drink this ginger beer down at your local public house. On taste there was hardly any ginger to begin with, certainly not the fireiness I've come to expect from other ginger beers. There was a very sweet yet natural strawberry flavour followed almost meekly by a mild ginger taste, which was completed by the strong lime twist at the end of the swig. Despite the hot pink colour and strong fruity flavours almost overpowering the mild ginger side of this ginger beer, this drink was tasty and refreshing albeit slightly popesque in flavour. Not one for the kids of course, or guys who'd prefer a pint of Mild and a packet of crisps at the local boozer!
Information on the label;
500ml bottle at 4% volume. Produced by John Crabbie & Co., Leith, Edinburgh. Established in 1801, Crabbies have imported their ginger from the Far East for more than two hundred years. Crabbie's steep their ginger for eight weeks and then blend in natural strawberry and lime flavours.