Alcoholic ginger beer is a refreshing drink to have in hot weather. Here’s our round-up of ginger beers available in Australia:
Aether Brewing Ginger Beer
Look for the black and white sailor smoking a pipe on the can design (by Steve Falco) and you’ll find Aether Brewing’s gluten-free Ginger Beer. Aether is considered the 5th element that binds the universe. It is made from corn, ginger beer mother and truckloads of fresh ginger. 3 stars https://aetherbrewing.com.au/
BentSpoke Brewing Co. G.F.G. Ginger Beer
BentSpoke Brewing Co. G.F.G. Ginger Beer is part of the Drifter Series. This drink has a strong ginger taste with a chilli like kick. 4% ABV. 2.5 stars.
Brookvale Union Ginger Beer
A fun designed label design featuring a pimped-up elephant. This ginger beer is spicy but mild and dry. It’s quite drinkable. It’s ‘possibly produced’ by 4 Pines Brewing Co. Brookvale, NSW. 4% ABV. 4.5 stars.
Look out for their Spiced Rum (4.5 stars) with vanilla, lime and bitters. Brookvale also makes a Lime Ginger Beer – I’m yet to try. https://brookvaleunion.com.au/ginger-beer/
Buderim Ginger Beer and Vodka
This ginger beer and vodka is sometimes called Moskow Mule. The drink was invented in 1941 in Los Angeles. It’s recommended you enjoy the ginger beer straight or pour over ice with a squeeze of lime. It uses fresh ginger juice by Buderim Ginger. Look for the white label with a red-headed retro style lady wearing a sailor’s hat. This is a hand-crafted pleasing ginger beer. 4.5% ABV. https://www.buderimginger.com/product-category/beverages/
Lick Pier Ginger Beer and Midnight Ginger Beer
Lick Pier’s ginger beer has a black label with an animal on the front. It has a dry taste and a clean aftertaste. It was created in the hallows of Venice Beach. The midnight ginger beer has a blend of dark spices that provides the deep and complex flavours – resulting in a 5-star drink. 4.0% ABV .
Matso’s Ginger Beer
Matso’s comes from the Broome Brewery in Western Australia – and it claims to be Australia’s most remote brewery! They recommend you drink it straight up, over ice or as a mixer with rum. It’s a well-balanced ginger beer with a bit of a bite. Look out for their mango beer and hard lemon. 3.5% ABV. 5 stars. https://matsos.com.au/
Moonshine Brewery – Fat Pixie Hard Ginger Beer
This is the original Fat Pixie. It has a dry, refreshing flavour with a strong ginger hit. 8.2% ABV. 2.5 stars. https://www.monkeyshinesbrew.co/fat-pixie-hard-ginger-beer
Matilda Bay Brewing Company – Rusty Yak’s Ginger Beer
Rusty Yak’s has the label upside down and they encourage you to “flip the beast over” to re-mix the ginger that naturally settles on the bottom of the can. A pleasing level of fiery ginger with an aromatic punch. They recommend it is best served over ice with a wedge of lime. https://www.yak-ales.com.au/pages/rusty-yak
Roots and Leaves Hopped Ginger Beer
The label says it is “boldly unfiltered and golden straw in colour, this natural ginger beer delivers aromas of spicy ginger and fruity hops. Providing a fresh, zesty taste with a hint of sweetness on the finish.”
This ginger beer is low carb (3.75 grams per serving). It’s also gluten-free and vegan. It is from Mount Tambourine, but created and brewed by Fortitude Brewing Company. 3.5 stars http://rootsandleaves.com.au/
What’s your favourite Australian alcoholic ginger beer? Please leave a comment and let us know.