So you may have noticed that I recently got my hands on something rather unique, from Hop’t. A dark and herbal, stout-inspired sauce which was actually part of a three pack.
So expect to see a little more of their range, in the coming weeks but, for now, I’d like to feature an old favourite that their hop-forward flavour reminded me of: Ginger Beard’s Preserves.
In the past, I thoroughly enjoyed a few of their products but it was their use of Electric Bear Brewing Co.’s pale ale, with its yuzu-like tropical fruit and citra-hop flavour, inparticular, that really won me over. It simply made the most amazing piccalilli.
So, today, I’d like to take a look at another of their beer-based collaborations and see if it holds up just as well. Specifically, this Chipotle Ketchup, infused with The Moor Beer Co.’s Porter:
Hello again, everyone, and welcome back to the last of my Gingerbeard reviews. At least for now, since I’ll probably be picking up something new when I go back for more of their fabulous piccalilli.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves too early, though. That product may have been a real winner but today’s was always the one that I was most looking forward to. And the one that sounded most representative of the company, themselves.
This Gingerbread Satay may be another of their many collaborations but it’s the only one to give their namesake spice and company logo a starring role.
Plus, are those almonds chasing down the gingerbread man? Could this perhaps be a little more indian and a tad less thai than its “satay” name implies?
Well, the label’s light-green, bamboo-patterned background does say asian but I’m intrigued, either way, and, as always, I intend to get my answers in the form of a taste test.
Happy tuesday again, everybody, and welcome back to another Gingerbeard review.
This time, we’re taking a look at their Ale and Chilli Piccalilli – A product type that I’ve never featured before and one that they make in collaboration with Electric Bear Brewing Co.
Both company logos adorn the label of this jar, along with a bunch of chillies dancing to the boom box from Electric Bear’s Werrrd ale, but that’s about all the visual indication we get of what goes into it.
Unlike on their bloody mary salsa, Gingerbeard do a pretty poor job of conveying what today’s product is, without words, despite the busier design. I’m not too impressed with its outside but let’s see what their picalilli is like within, shall we?
Greetings, everyone. Today, we have an item that you probably knew was coming – A salsa from Gingerbeard’s Preserves, flavoured with bristolian vodka and made to resemble a bloody mary.
As its label should give away.
After all, why else would we see a red-skinned, tomato-headed, salsa dancer arm in arm with a limbed alcohol bottle?
The artwork for this week’s product is both rather fun and pretty self-explanatory. Which is good, because its title font is a little too stylised to read with just a quick glance.
The lines through some (but not all) of the Os, Ts and Ds definitely increase the time that it takes to recognise the symbols and the way the midsection of its M crosses makes it appear almost nordic. As letters go, they aren’t exactly the most obviously english.
But that’s not to say that I don’t like this font. It’s stylish. It’s artistic. And that runic look is actually pretty cool. I just don’t know if it belongs on today’s jar.
Even if it doesn’t, though, it’s just one aspect of the packaging and everything else about the label is great. From the two dancers in the artwork to gingerbeard’s own logo and even the simple, to the point, black and white one of their collaborators – Bristol Vodka.
So, with that out of the way, let’s see what awaits us on the inside.