Gingerbug is a ginger beer. But not your run of the mill version you find in most stores. Gingerbug is reminiscent of the 'original' ginger beer - the traditional, fermented, naturally probiotic ginger beer that was brewed in the 1700s in England. It was arguably the very first "soda pop" ever made, brewed for both health and for enjoyment. Fast forward to the 1900s where 'Big Soda' took over and created ginger soda pops (with syrups, carbonation, etc.), and the original, health-tonic, fermented ginger beer became lost and forgotten. Big Soda called these new, formulated drinks "ginger beer or ginger ale," even they were not a true ginger beer at all. Today, even the most premium "ginger beer" products on the market are simply different renditions of Big Soda's carbonated syrups. They might taste great, and even be free of chemicals, but they have no health benefits and are usually very high in sugar.
Gingerbug is considered non-alcoholic by Canadian labelling and nutritional standards. However, due to the fermentation process, there can be trace amounts. Gingerbug has been tested and contains less than 0.5% alcohol, similar to a non-alcoholic beer.
Note: Gingerbugs must be stored in the fridge until consumption.
Why we love Gingerbug? This product is:
- A living probiotic that promotes gut health
- Raw and unpasteurized
- Naturally gluten-free
- Cultured in small batches