Barritts Ginger Beer
Bermuda loves Barritt's Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer, a zesty ginger soft drink, that has been bottled continuously since 1874.
Barritt's Ginger beer is manufactured and distributed in Bermuda by John Barritt & Son Ltd. a family owned and operated soft drink firm that has been going for 5 generations.
Ginger Beer originated in England from its predecessors Mead & Metheglin. Metheglin was a naturally carbonated, yeast-fermented honey beverage, which often included spices such as ginger, cloves and mace.
Originally Ginger Beer also included special yeast for fermentation and was sweetened with honey, molasses or sugar cane. After brewing the Ginger Beer was poured into stone bottles then corked to maintain the natural effervescence.
Up through the mid-1800's many Ginger Beers contained a significant amount of alcohol (about 11%). Limitations in England in 1855 required that non-excisable beverages contain less than 2% alcohol, which led bottlers of Ginger Beer to dilute their brewed concentrate with carbonated water.
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