Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale

Both are refreshing beverages on their own and modifiers in mixed drinks. But what is the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale?

Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale

Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale

The main difference between ginger beer and ginger ale is that ginger beer is brewed and fermented whereas ginger ale is a carbonated drink that is flavoured with ginger.

Ginger ale tends to be lighter in colour with a ginger flavour that’s not overly strong. Ginger beer tends to have a more predominant ginger flavour as a result of the fermentation process and tends to be less carbonated than its counterpart. Naturally-brewed ginger beer can have minute traces of alcohol but these are so low that the alcohol level is less than 0.5%

Naturally, differences exist between brands. Some ginger beer can be cloudy with a floating ginger sediment while some ginger ales can be less carbonated and some can have additional flavours such as chilli.

Ginger beer and ginger ale are used in cocktails and mixed drinks sometimes interchangeably. Drinks include the Dark n Stormy (rum), Moscow Mule (vodka), Añejo Highball (rum), Kentucky Mule (bourbon), Foghorn (gin), Gin Buck (gin), El Diablo (tequila) and the Chilcano (pisco).

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Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.