September 17, 2012

Kiva Ginger Beer Tasting

Editors Note:

Check out our new website The Better Mixer for an up to date list of the best ginger beers. You’ll also be able to leave your own rating, write a glowing review, or rant for the world to see.

Birthdays are a big deal at Kiva. Especially among our Product and User Experience Team, they’ve evolved as an opportunity to celebrate the fun personality quirks of each team member. As readers of this blog will know, my particular quirk is a fondness for ginger beer. So when my birthday arrived, the team skipped the cake and ice cream, opting instead for a gathering with ginger beer, limes and dark rum. This stellar event was organized as homage to the tastings 2 Out of Three has conducted over the past few years. Six different ginger beers were grouped into tasting stations where participants could write a review and rate each product on a scale of 1 to 10. Also included were the necessary ingredients for a Dark ‘n’ Stormy: organic limes, ice, and Gosling’s Dark Rum.

Due to bureaucratic red tape and a lack of judging criteria we can’t quality this event as an “official” ginger beer tasting. But with such an enthusiastic panel of tasters and a stack of memorable comments, I felt compelled to publish the results of this gathering, if for no other reason than to better educate you, the ginger beer buying public.


  1. David Spalding on

    Oh, what ho — ANOTHER tasting. Where’re my invites! … I find Bundaberg and Fentiman’s are both fine for D&S, but have rather confined one- or two-note flavours. Good flavours, mind, but not a lot of complexity. Regatta has several notes that had me trying to count on my fingers how many distinct flavours I could detect. Almost a waste to slosh Gosling’s into it and down that complexity. (But Kraken … another story, the higher proof lets you use less rum.) Fever Tree has been wowing me when it chases Barritts or Fentiman’s off the counter, it has a sharp “wake up, mate!” quality to it that can stand up to lots of rum and melting ice. (I’m learning that’s half the battle, that D&S sits for twenty minutes, ice melts, and the lesser ginger beers have been lost their zest.) Good price, too, if you get it in the 16.9oz bottle (which, fortunately, Total Wine in the East deigns to carry).

  2. Abraham on

    @David, This tasting was a surprise to me. So unfortunately none of the avid readers of our blog we’re in attendance. But one day we’ll get you out to San Francisco to participate.

    As for Fever Tree becoming your favorite I wholeheartedly agree. It’s supplanted my previous favorite of Bundaberg.