Short Orders

Ginger ale, ginger beer reinvented

By Rachel Ellner
Globe Correspondent / August 3, 2011

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Ginger beer and ginger ale quickly lost market share in their brewed but nonalcoholic form once Prohibition was over. But Fever-Tree’s reinventions of both ($4.99 to $6.99 for a 4-pack) may change that. Even without fermentation, most beverages and mixers with ginger as the key ingredient have a sharply slap-happy and reverberating taste. In contrast, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer offers a tamed first impression, while preserving the kick. It’s not the brash Caribbean thirst-quencher that can taste like a herbal remedy. With its blend of brewed (but not fermented) root gingers from Africa and India, and just a touch of sugar, spices, and herbs, the ginger ale is surprisingly clean but not sugary. These are two of six drinks the company offers, including some based on quinine (which comes from the fever tree). Available at McKinnon’s Market, 73 Holten St., Danvers, 978-774-0479; Eagle Farm, 1126 Randolph Ave., Milton, 617-698-9564; Wollaston’s Market, 369 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-247-0011; Wine Cheese Cask, 407 Washington St., Somerville, 617-623-8656.