When I first tasted Ginger Beer
The change of the century didn’t bring along the end of the world but it did bring along something special for me. A few months after the Y2K anti-phenomenon, I traveled to Australia with my daughter.
There are lots of things I liked about Australia but the greatest discovery of all was ginger beer. In brown glass bottles and chilled to perfection, the tang and spice were perfect for the heat and summer humidity. I fell in love at first taste.
For years after that I craved ginger beer off and on, always hoping I would drink it again. Through the internet I found the places in the world where it was available, essentially the United Kingdom and any place colonized by them. If any friends traveled to those places I would ask for a bottle or two of the delicious concoction. My favorite was Bundaberg from Australia but any brand would do. When I was pregnant with my son, I had some serious ginger beer cravings and a friend filled half her bag with two liter bottles all the way from London. I was so grateful!
Looking for more Ginger Beer
Nothing prepared me for the ginger beer in Sri Lanka.
We arrive in Sri Lanka at 2 am and were very thirsty. There was a little fridge in the lobby of the hotel where I noticed a brown plastic bottle with a label that said EGB. I picked that one because it looked alright, opened it and drank. Lo and behold it was ginger beer! And it was pretty good! That’s when I knew I would like Sri Lanka.
I am thankful for Ginger Beer!
What is ginger beer you ask?
You can make ginger beer at home if you are familiar with growing cultures and yeasts, I have never tried.
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