Having tried some of the Left Hand Brewing Company’s stuff before (namely their Sawtooth Ale) I wasn’t too impressed in the past. Not that their beer was bad, just that the Sawtooth was, well, not a stand out from the crowd. It was pretty typical ale with conservative flavoring.
However, on a recent trip to Albany, where I picked up a ton of beer to review, I saw this “JuJu Ginger” and though it would be odd enough to try out.
I’m glad I didn’t pass them up based on my previous experiences. I’ve tried ginger beer before, and usually it just adds a little more crispness, but not a whole lot of taste. This one is completely different.
It smells like you’d would want to eat it – there’s a salty, tempting smell to it. The taste is awesome! I immediately was a fan of it’s food-like flavor. It would be perfect with some Chinese food – especially something with soy sauce or lemongrass. You can taste the ginger it is not just a feeling, it adds a lot to the saltiness of the brew. This is savory, not sweet, and is really refreshing as well.
The Left Hand Brewing Company even has a whole bunch of recipes for each of its beers, and this one is no exception. I can picture eating this with some of Chili’s Shanghai Wings (chicken w/ a spicy ginger-citrus sauce and sesame seeds with a wasabi-ranch dressing.) which have become my new favorite food when eating out. Maybe I’ll smuggle some of this Juju ginger in the next time I go to Chili’s, or better yet, just order take out and enjoy it at home!
I recommend this one if you’re having a sushi night and don’t know what beer to pair it with, or you just want something different to go with your Chinese food. It rocks.