On a recent vacation, we drove through Pennsylvania and came upon Kutztown Ginger Beer, which proclaims "Nix Besser!" on the label (apparently, "none better" in Pennsylvania Dutch). What first caught my eye was that this ginger beer was orange in color. What's up with that?
This brand gets its name from Kutztown, PA, with a history that dates back to 1851, so obviously, they play off the nostalgia in the marketing pitch. "Original Premium Recipe" is hard to miss on the 12 oz glass bottle label (it's also available in 20 oz plastic bottles).
I have no idea why this drink is actually orange in color, but the scent is classic ginger ale. The flavor is quite sweet for a ginger beer, and this may lull you into thinking that it doesn't have a burn. But it comes in the end, heavily focused in the aftertaste. It's not the harshest ginger beer by any means, but it has a little more "kick" than what you might find in something labeled as a ginger ale.
Overall, Kutztown Ginger Beer is quite pleasant, with a clean sweetness from cane sugar, as well as a strong-yet-inviting ginger finish. Recommended!
Kutztown Ginger Beer
Triple-filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), Yellow #5, Red #40.
A 12 oz bottle contains 163 calories, 23 mg sodium, and 42 g carbs (40 g sugars). Caffeine free.