Wednesday, November 15, 2006

POP OF THE DAY: Barritts Pineapple Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer

Category: Ginger Ale/Ye Olde Soda
Ratings (out of 5)
Taste: 5
Fizziness Factor: 5
Bottle/Can Design: 2
Availability: 1

Tasting Notes: Barritts is a mysterious little ginger beer. First of all, there's the missing apostrophe in the name. Then there's the circa-1990 website. And the fact that it's aged in stone crocks. What I do know is that Barritts tastes like, as the bottle copy says, "the beverage Bermudians have savored for 130 years." It's got a nice ginger kick that's balanced by the pineappley sweetness. The overall taste made my mouth water—it would go well with a big, spicy dinner. I could tell you more about the ingredients of Barritts, but here again, things get murky. The ingredient list is in such a small, tight font that it makes my eyes water to look at it for longer than a few seconds. So don't try to read Barritts or correct its grammar. Just go to your local BevMo or track it down online and drink it. (Total Score 13/20)

Suggested Food Pairings: Jambalaya, spicy Chinese broccoli

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