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Is there Really a Difference Between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale?

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First brewed during the colonial period, Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale are beverages that have been part of history. Since it was conceptualized in the year 1700, both beverages have proven they’re staying power in the market. During that period, they were considered “Small Beers”, because, in spite of having natural alcohol content from the fermentation process, the 2-10% alcohol content they had was much smaller as compared to the amount of alcohol in beer or other liquors from that time period.

Nowadays, you can only find Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale brands that have alcohol content in other countries. In America, all brands available no longer have any alcohol content to it, since they are now being marketed as a type of soda.

In alternative medicine, ginger root has been known to ease nausea and sore throats. This is the reason why many take Ginger Root and Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale to help treat and ease the discomfort that they feel whenever they have these health conditions. Another use of Ginger Beers and Ginger Ales are as mixers to form different alcoholic cocktail drinks. The popular cocktail Dark N’ Stormy drink is made by mixing Ginger Beer with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and it is also known as “Bermuda’s National Drink”. Ginger Beer can also be mixed with vodka to make the refreshing cocktail drink Moscow Mule.

How Different Are The Two Beverages?

It is very obvious that there are a lot of similarities between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale, but these two are a different kind of sodas. While both have ginger root content in them, the difference lies in the amount used in making these beverages. Ginger Beer has higher ginger root content in it than Ginger Ale, making this drink a spicier version between the two.

Besides the ginger content, other factors that mark the difference between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale are the levels of its sweetener, carbonation and flavoring content. Ginger Ale is sweeter since it has more sweeteners in it and it also appears less cloudy than Ginger Beer since it has a higher carbonation level. Also, the amount of fruit juice flavorings in these beverages differ. Each soda uses different amounts of lemon, lime or even pineapple.

Other than these things the process for making both of these drinks is basically the same. Today most Ginger Beers and especially Ginger Ales are made on a large scale like most other sodas (carbonated water and syrups put together to make the soda). There are some small companies though that still produce Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale in small batches without using ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors which are often found in soft drinks.

Ginger Beers and Ginger Ales are two of the most versatile kind of beverages. There are a lot of brands available that have created different flavors and recipes of Ginger Beers and Ginger Ales that will surely suit each and every palate. Give each brand a try and enjoy what makes each beverage different and unique in taste.

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