Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific

Posted on 06/26/2016


Photo taken on June 26, 2016


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Fentimans: Ginger Beer imported from Britain

Fentimans: Ginger Beer imported from Britain
Ginger beer is NON-alcoholic and not a real beer. It is made by the natural fermentation of prepared ginger spice, yeast and sugar and is carbonated. Ginger beer is a British-colonial invention, combining ginger from the East and carbonation and fermentation techniques from the West.

There is a whole story behind this. Ginger beer was common in Hong Kong during my youth, but in Canada it's not commonly consumed.

When I was in England back in April 2016, I came across the Fentimans' ginger beer one day and bought one. I liked the cute glass bottle so much that I took the bottle home to Canada as a souvenir. Alas, one day I was out with friends and I left the bottle behind by accident.

Panic not. These days you can buy and ship anything on-line from anywhere in the world. So I quickly went on-line and discovered a British on-line shop that specialises in exporting British food products to expats. Needless to say, I'll be much more careful with these bottles from now on.

Fentimans' drinks are actually also available in selected shops in Canada, but the bottles are not exactly the same as the British ones, which explained why I bought these from the UK on-line.

Greg G., Don Sutherland, Polyrus, Tan Tee Huah and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


19 comments - The latest ones
Léopold
Léopold
I am thirsty !
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Léopold
Seeing this does make one thirsty, I think!
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Splendid capture!
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to William Sutherland
Thank you William. How are things, my friend?
2 years ago.
David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde…
Ginger Beer was generally available in even the smallest of grocer’s shops in my 1950s/1960s childhood in the north west of England but it was always a challenge to try home brewing.

My father once had a try and our home brewing process began with what was called a ‘ginger beer plant’. It wasn’t a plant at all but the surplus sandy looking mixture passed to him from a workmate who was a bit of an expert. During the brewing and fermenting process the yeast and (friendly) bacteria mixture naturally becomes bigger and so there is always an excess created - so this is where our ‘plant’ originated.

This is a start-up recipe from a BBC TV presenter if you fancy doing some brewing!
www.rivercottage.net/recipes/ginger-beer

The recipe mentions to check stored bottles for levels of carbon dioxide. My father’s brew was stored in corked bottles and every so often we would hear popping corks in the pantry!
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to David Slater (Spodde…
That is a fascinating tale, David. Thanks for sharing. I bet the kitchen/ pantry smelled rather like a ginger factory when you guys home-brewed ginger beer! : P
2 years ago.
autofantasia
autofantasia
And thanks to Brexit they should be cheaper for you to buy now! ;)
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to autofantasia
Even though a weak Pound Sterling benefits me, personally I would rather UK stays in the EU but leads the charge to reduce EU's over-regulations.
2 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
I saw this on a What's Hot page and it really stood out!
I'm currently drinking ginger wine...which is alcoholic ;-)
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Polyrus
Oh, ginger wine sounds very interesting also, Neil! How are things?
2 years ago.
Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel Canon
I was once told that my beard was the colour of ginger beer. Piffle.
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Pachelbel Canon
Heh! I hope it was a compliment! Fentimans' bottle is very dark, so I actually don't know what colour the ginger beer is in! When I open these bottles, perhaps I should pour it into a glass to have it the elite way : )
2 years ago.
John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald
Old Tyme ginger beer used to be widely available in Toronto, but the big guys seem to have squeezed it out. If you see a can of Golden Cockerel ginger beer, leave it where it is.
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to John FitzGerald
Hmmm, that is too bad. I wonder if it's really gone gone.
2 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great shot and information.
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you Don!
2 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Fentimans make some brilliant drinks.............the ginger beer is one of the best. Lovely image!
2 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Keith Burton
Fentimans drinks are available here in Toronto too. I plan to try them one by one : )) Thanks for your visit.
2 years ago.