Two words. Ginger beer. No alcohol, no hangover.

That’s right, you can drink as much as you want, without the consequences (except for the possible bloating if you decide to down a six-pack). However, ginger beer can be combined with alcohol to make drinks like the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, made with rum, or the Gentlemen’s Press, made with bourbon. If you’re sick of the ol’ cranberry and vodka, it’s worth a try. If you’re looking for an alcoholic version of ginger beer, there are always options like Crabbie’s.

I first discovered ginger beer when I went to a restaurant near BU’s campus. Previously, I had seen non-alcoholic beers on the menu but never felt inclined to try it. This time around, I decided to change it up and I ordered a non-alcoholic ginger beer. I’m a fan of ginger, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It was an unexpected but welcomed surprise.

Usually served in a traditional beer bottle or just a can, ginger beer is for those who are sick and tired of plain ol’ Coke, Pepsi and Sprite.

goya ginger beer

Photo by Sarah Wu

What you may not know is that ginger ale and ginger beer are NOT the same. Let’s clear up some misconceptions.

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented, while ginger ale is not. When you drink the ginger beer, the ginger flavor lingers in your mouth, and not a sugary syrup. Depending on the ginger beer you buy, the length of the lingering ginger flavor (and that lovely burn) can vary. Oftentimes, ginger ale doesn’t actually contain ginger, while most ginger beers do contain ginger.

2outofthree ginger beer

Photo courtesy of 2outofthree

If you’re looking for some recommendations check out this awesome guide. Abraham Wallin, the creator of the website, even made a pocket guide, if you’re planning on going on a ginger beer adventure.

If you prefer to go the homemade route, here’s a great recipe to try out.

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