Score the Ultimate Ginger Beer Experience

Refresh your palate with traditional and zesty orange flavors from Crabbie’s.


Photos courtesy of Crabbie’s.

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Ginger beer is ginger ale grown up. The robust, non-alcoholic soft drink acts as a suitable refreshment in the warm-weather season and is capable of backing any cocktail as we ease into summer.

But, when we stumbled upon Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, which is currently making its rounds in the Philadelphia market, we were impressed by how it matches up against other traditional ginger beers—and what made it better: it actually has booze in it.

Crafted in the U.K., this alcoholic ginger beer has established its own niche in the U.S. market, weighing in at a cool 4.8% ABV. Perfect as an insta-cocktail, as poured over ice with a lemon or lime wedge, the Crabbie’s brand is versatile, approachable, and terrifically well-balanced with its ginger spice.

Originally crafted in 1801 via a top-secret recipe that combined Far East-sourced ginger, cold-steeped for up to six weeks and combined with exotic spices, we’re certain this isn’t just any ginger beer. And, as its history goes, elephants were used to transport Crabbie’s goods to ships to import to Scotland, which is why you’ll spy elephants in the logo.

But, the England-imported ginger beer isn’t just about their standard flagship flavor either. Next week, they’re hitting the greater Philadelphia region to introduce their latest concoction: a zesty orange ginger beer variety, which possesses a lighter ginger profile.

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Want to be one of the first to taste-test the brand-new spiced citrus ginger beer? You have a whole week to do so, with the exclusive lineup events—and unique Crabbie’s cocktails to be featured—detailed below.

Mon., May 5, 5 p.m., hit Philadelphia’s Sancho Pistola’s for a complimentary Crabbie’s Spiced Orange tasting. Signature Crabbie’s Original cocktails will be served as well, including the Mezcal Mule made with Crabbie’s and bitters; and The Crabbie Sancho, a pear margarita with Original served in a glass rimmed with cinnamon and chili pepper.

Wed., May 6, 6–8 p.m., visit Fado Irish Pub for your share of Spiced Orange served over ice with a slice. Three exclusive cocktails will be featured, including the Fado Jameson and Crabbie’s (Jameson Irish Whiskey with Original), the Mexican Mule (jalapeno-infused Jose Cuervo Tequila with Original), and the Caribbean Orange Crabbie’s (Spiced Orange with Myers Dark Rum, muddled fruit and cranberry juice).

Thurs., May 8, 6–8 p.m., swing by Growlers for a complimentary Spiced Orange tasting and eye-catching mixed drinks. Imbibable roster to include the Dark and Crabbie (dark rum with Original) and The Rye of the Storm (Old Overholt rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, Original).

Fri., May 9–Sat., May 10, The Foodery will be hosting two days of Crabbie’s fun, from complimentary tastings of the Original and Spiced Orange, to must-have giveaways like Crabbie’s bottle openers. 

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Learn more about Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Spiced Orange variety, plus where its stocked, by visiting

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