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How is a Ginger Beer Different from Ginger Ale?

How is a Ginger Beer Different from Ginger Ale?
Ginger ale is a soft drink and there is mostly no fermentation involved in its making, while ginger beer is brewed and has very little alcohol. There are a few more differences between these two popular drinks.
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Ginger is a root that contains lactic acid, bacteria and yeast. The first ginger beer initiated in England in the 1800s. Gradually, it spread its popularity in Britain, the United States, Ireland, and Canada.

The original ginger beer is a fermented mixture made with ginger, sugar, water, and a bacterium called ginger beer plant. Like ginger ale, it is also served as a non-alcoholic beverage since it has very less percentage of alcohol (less than 0.5%). Crabbie's ginger beer is one such popular example of old-style ginger beer that contains 4.8% alcohol.

Ginger beer and ginger ale are both gluten-free drinks made from ginger roots. Ginger ale is a carbonated, non-alcoholic refreshing drink, popularly used as an addition to cocktails. It was introduced in the USA. After about 100 years, the term ginger ale was changed to Canada Dry. Ginger ale is a combination of sugar, carbonated water, and ginger. Lemon and lime are commonly added to it. Ginger ale does not contain caffeine and hence is generally preferred over other sodas.

Ginger ale may also contain yeast if it is carbonated by the process of natural fermentation. Because of the similarity in the making of these two drinks depending upon individual preferences, there is a lot of confusion between the two. Some prefer fermenting ginger ale with yeast, that would make it a ginger beer, while others like to add carbonated water while making ginger beer with minimal use of yeast or no yeast at all. Besides, the ginger beer that is commercially available is free of alcohol and carbonated, with very few alcoholic options. So how do you tell a beer from an ale?
Ginger beer originated in England in the 1800s. Ginger ale was introduced in the USA around 1907.
Ginger Beer
Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is brewed and fermented. It is prepared with ginger root, water, yeast and sugar.
Ginger Ale
Ginger Ale
Ginger ale is a beverage made with carbonated water, ginger, and high fructose corn syrup.
Ginger beer is made in two ways. One type is the alcoholic brewed ginger beer which is fermented using cream of tartar and dry yeast. The other is a carbonated soft drink that has a ginger flavor and contains sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Ginger ale is of two types. The golden style is mostly like the original ginger beer and has a strong gingery flavor. It was introduced by an American doctor, Thomas Cantrell. The dry style is a lighter drink and has a milder ginger-flavor. It was improvised and marketed by John McLaughlin in 1907 as Canada dry.
As ginger beer is fermented, the carbonation degree is less. The degree of carbonation in ginger ale is more.
Ginger beer is cloudy and has a stronger gingery flavor. Ginger ale is pale in color and has a milder ginger flavor.
Ginger beer is lightly sweet and spicy. Ginger ale is sweeter than ginger beer.
A 12-ounce serving of ginger beer contains around 152 calories and 40 grams of sugar. It also contains only 0.18 mg of iron, 48 mg sodium, 0.26 mg zinc and 18 mg of calcium. A 12-ounce serving of ginger ale contains 124 calories and around 32 grams of sugar. It also contains only 0.66 milligram of iron, 26 mg sodium, 0.18 mg zinc and 11 mg of calcium.
Cocktail Recipes
It is possible to mix ginger beer soft drink with beer to prepare a kind of shandy, or with rum to prepare a drink. Ginger ale is commonly used in mixed drinks, mostly in non-alcoholic ones. Moreover, it is also at times used as a non-alcoholic alternative for beer.
Some well-known ginger beer brands are Reed's Ginger Beer, Crabbie's and Stoney's. Well-known ginger ale brands are Vernor's, Schweppes, Reed's, and Blenheim.
Beer made with ginger root or dried ginger comprises a high quantity of antioxidants. However, it is important to take ginger beer in moderate amounts because sugar-containing ginger beers are high in calories that can lead to weight gain.