Here Are The Best Ginger Beers That’ll Actually Get You Buzzed


Don’t be fooled, ginger ale and ginger beer are completely different beasts. Ginger ale is just carbonated water that’s been flavored with ginger, while ginger beer is made by the natural fermentation of fresh ginger spice, yeast and sugar. Ginger beer is used often as a non-alcoholic mixer for drinks like a Moscow Mule or Dark ‘n’ Stormy, but the breweries below have gone the extra mile to make ginger beer a spicy boozy libation that you’ll want to drink straight. Here are the best ginger beers that’ll actually get you buzzed.

Ginger Libation — Artisan Beverage Cooperative

ABV: 8.7 percent

Taste: Spicy ginger with hints of pineapple, lemon, lime and cane sugar.

Ginger Fusion — Hawkes Bay Brewing Company

ABV: 4 percent

Taste: Crisp, spicy and refreshing with hints of orange.

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Ginger Beer — Brookvale Union

ABV: 4 percent

Taste: Spicy, mild and dry with notes of lemon and ginger.

Craft Ginger Beer — Farmer Willie’s

ABV: 4.5 percent

Taste: Cold pressed ginger with fresh lemon juice and a dry, crisp taste.

Jazzy Ginger Beer — Green Lab Craft Brewery

ABV: 7 percent

Taste: Strong and dark ginger-style ale with notes of oat and vanilla bean.

Ginger Beer — Crabbie’s

ABV: 4.8 percent

Taste: Refreshing brew with a ginger kick, and hints of spiciness and vanilla.

Mad Ginger Beer — Crazy Beard Brewery 

ABV: 5.2 percent

Taste: Spicy with hints of apple and tart ginger.

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