The kind people at Wychwood sent me a lovely little package of blue cheese, dark chocolate and a bottle of Ginger Beard, all in a cool little wicker basket that her indoors has now commandeered to keep toiletries in.
While the chocolate and cheese was a delicious and a nice touch, I was most interested in the beer, I’d previously had it in cask form at our local pub quiz and enjoyed it so much I sat and drank it all night long, It was well carbonated, nice and smooth and had a wicked ginger bite, so the bottled version had a lot to live up to.
The bottle didn’t disappoint, while I don’t think it was quite as fiery as the cask version it certainly packed a ginger punch and if you like ginger beer then you will love this. It’s definitely a beer with ginger in it rather than a lemonade based ginger soft drink. It was slightly sweeter than I remembered but all the other flavours were there, slightly lemony and soapy and then the fiery ginger that seemed to intensify the more you drank.
I’ve since been and bought a couple more bottles, It’s really nice chilled but i’m not sure I’d pour it over ice like so many of the other ginger beers suggest, unfortunately I’ve not seen it on cask since the pub quiz which is a shame as I’d have loved to try it again to see if i was just imaging things with the spice of the cask version.
I’d like to say that I paired it with the cheese and chocolate but they were gone before I opened the bottle as I couldn’t resist the 80% dark choc from M&S or the sticky, pungent blue cheese that had obviously ripened a bit in transit.
Big thanks to Wychwood for sending this across!