Those who know me, know I like to enjoy a tasty, tasty beverage (or two… or three… nevermind.). They will also attest to the fact that I am a total hop-head. I love big IPA’s – mmmmm hops. A delicious porter or stout is always high on my list. Most of our trips involve a stopover at whatever local craft brewery we can find on the way. We are amassing a rather robust growler collection. Yep, I love my beer.
Which is why this review will probably take a lot of people by surprise. Crabbie’s is probably not something I ever would have tried, if I hadn’t stumbled on it while riding in the Pan Mass Challenge this year. There are a slew of sponsors that help make this event amazing. Among them are some food and beverage companies, and Crabbie’s was one of them.
The scene: Dinner Friday night before the ride. I had finished my last swig of Harpoon IPA (another huge PMC Sponsor… I told you I’m a big beer drinker. And yes, I was drinking beer before the ride. And after. Don’t judge.) We headed back to the Harpoon tent only to find they had shut down for the night. GASP! What was a girl to do??? Surely not have a glass of water.
Enter…. Crabbie’s (original). Someone brought over a glass of this strange new brew. It was over ice! With a lime! But it came out of a bottle. I was confused… intrigued. I normally snub my nose at all things fruity and un-beer like. Assume it is icky sweet fake flavored. Blech. But ginger is one of my spicy-delicious favorite flavors, so I had hope. I took a sip. Aaaaaaand…….
Wow! Delicious!!! I was so pleasantly surprised. It is sweet, don’t get me wrong. But delightfully crisp and spicy. As the bottle says, best served over ice with a wedge of lime. A cup of Crabbie’s became our nightly PMC ritual. And I was so excited to find it locally when we got home. My Vermont 50-eve drink choice? A delicious Crabbie’s with dinner at Bentley’s in Woodstock VT. Many of my outdoor pursuits have become #poweredbycrabbies 🙂 It is a great option when you want something light, refreshing, and very drinkable. Perfect for a light summer meal or snack, yet robust enough to make that cool weather transition. Crabbie’s with a nice roasted root veggie dish or pumpkin pie? Yes, please! It is also a tasty tasty gluten free option for those who have the most unfortunate inability to drink gluten-y beer.
I usually go with the original. There is also a spiced orange flavor that is just as tasty!
So, Cheers! Drink up, and give Crabbie’s a try
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