This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Henry's Hard Ginger Ale & Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale.
This year has seen an explosion of kosher alcopop and with Purim right around the corner (the Purim 5776/2016 list will iyh be posted next week) I thought it would be appropriate two review two Hard Ginger Ales which recently were certified kosher.
The Henry's Hard Ginger Ale is a sugary sweet beverage which has mild ginger flavor which masks the alcohol in the product. Although the Hard Ginger Ale is 4.2% abv, it is unlikely that you will detect any alcohol taste, which if you don't like alcohol may not be a bad thing. If you are looking to consume something other than wine on Purim and are trying to stay on the low end of the alcohol scale, this would be the choice for you. Similarly, if you are a person who generally drinks soda with dinner, you should do fine with this at your Purim seudah.
The Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale also has pronounced sugar, but this product has a much more complex flavor profile. There is a strong ginger scent and flavor, but not like drinking an ersatz sugared Ginger Ale. There also is a little bit of an alcohol bite in the background, which is slightly surprising given that the alcohol content in this product is 3.5% abv - roughly the equivalent of a lite beer. This product would go well with Thai or ginger flavored beef dishes (I paired one myself with Mrs KB's stir fry and it worked perfectly together).
Henry's Hard Soda is produced by the Blitz Weinhard Brewing Company, a division of MillerCoors. As with nearly all MilleCoors products, the Hard Ginger Ale is certified kosher by the OU and their is a small OU on the bottle label. If you require a copy of the LOC for the Hard Ginger Ale please let me know via email.
The Coney Island Brewing Company is a division of Samuel Adams and the Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale is certified kosher by the Star-K. The LOC certifying the Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale can be found on the Star-K website at http://www.star-k.org/#DivPEFQZ4N3.
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