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I'm on a bit of a fruity alcoholic drinks review roll. Having been enjoying drinking the Crabbie's ginger beer for a while I was offered this in a bar where they didn't sell Crabbie's as an alternative ginger beer. I agreed and he charged me £4.20, which I pulled a bit of a face at, his reply was "it's organic". I presume this is their marketing strategy, for me I am not really fussed whether my ginger beer is organic, genetically modified or what, it's the taste ultimately. John Hollows Ginger beer has a historic legacy behind it starting from 1905 when a gent named Thomas Fentiman gave the hand of his daughter away to a Mr John Hollows along with a special recipe for the family's 'botanically brewed ginger beer'. John took this recipe and started managing one of the Fentimans factories and thus the production of Hollows ginger beer began. It was originally stored and sold in hand made stone jars which would have been epic to buy off the company and sit on your dining table, now it is sold in the more modern brown glass bottle. The bottle and label are of a very plain and simple design, having a blue and white label with 'Hollows' superior alcoholic ginger beer in bold across a crest symbol on the front of the product. On the reverse is the historic background and information on how the drink is produced. The marketing angle on this is that is it botanically brewed using the finest Chinese ginger root, slowly fermented and with no artificial ingredients present in the drink. All the spiel is well and good, it is obvious they have firm competition from the Crabbie's drink. The beverage comes in 500ml bottles and stands at 4% abv. The liquid itself is a pale cloudy yellow/clear colour likely from the natural pear juice in the drink. It is slightly fizzy but not overly, so you don't feel full or bloated at all when you drink this. Like most ginger beer or cider drinks this is best served chilled with ice and fresh fruit such as lemons or limes, lime I find goes better with the ginger flavours. The ginger taste in the drink is strong, but not overpoweringly so, it has a very rich and deep flavour that can be savoured, I found I drank this very slowly (not only because of the price) it was very satisfying and flavoursome. The drink is not overly sweet compared to other brands I have tried before now. The sugar content is held back so the flavours come through immensely. This is a lovely refreshing ginger beer drink, I have only come across it in the one bar recently but I will definitely be looking out for it in the future and compared to its main competition this wins hands down.
A few weeks ago I was in my favourite bar in Newcastle the Baccus when I stumbled across this delicious Alcoholic Ginger Beer. I have had Crabbies before which I had really liked but they did not stock this as they tend to prefer local beers - the barman advised me to try their alternative which is John Hollows which is billed as "Established in a perfect factory in the north of England" - he was cute so I did. The beer is part of the Fentimans range - you may have already tried their non-alcoholic drinks. They are the masters of Ginger Beer and botanical brewing and have a great history. As opposed to other Ginger Beers theirs is brewed the traditional way - slow brewed in Ginger from scratch and you can tell. It is billed as a Superior Ginger Beer and I have to say it is. The flavour is much more of an authentic ginger flavour and is not as sugary or as artificial tasting as other Ginger Beer drinks. I have to say this is absolutely delicious. It makes a great alternative to more blokey beers and is perfect for the ladies. Unfortunately I am yet to find it in any supermarkets but it is available online.
Brand: Fentimans / Type: Alcoholic Ginger Beer