East 9th Brewing – Lick Pier Ginger Beer
Pros:- Dry, sessionability, not too sweet
Cons:- Slightly odd back story, bit expensive
Lick Pier Ginger Beer is another of the local Aussie micro brews, this time by the East 9th Brewing company of Melbourne. These are the same guys that do other gems such as the American inspired Doss Blockos Pale Lager and the Fog City Cider and Sangrias range. All of course have the unique packaging, [...]
Lick Pier Ginger Beer is another of the local Aussie micro brews, this time by the East 9th Brewing company of Melbourne. These are the same guys that do other gems such as the American inspired Doss Blockos Pale Lager and the Fog City Cider and Sangrias range. All of course have the unique packaging, labels and unique story lines that East 9th have established for themselves.
Firstly let’s get over the name and packaging. The Lick Pier is actually a pier in Venice Beach, Los Angeles named after the builder, Charles Lick. Next the logo of a topless cheetah with abs. This apparently is a reference to The Cheetah Club – a club entrenched in Venice Beach folklore as a legendary music venue that in its time has seen The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison belt out the beats. Combined, the logo harks back to the glory days of Venice Beach. Think sun, soul, neon lights and a bit of nostalgia of times gone by…
Story aside, the Lick Pier Ginger Beer is an alcoholic ginger beer that sits at 4.0% alcohol by volume. Now it takes a bit of skill to get a ginger beer right. Not to mention guys like Bundaberg show ginger beer doesn’t have to be alcoholic to be delicious. The pressure is definitely on. So, I’m glad to say that Lick Pier Ginger Beer is fantastic.
In the glass, it’s nice, light and cloudy – the way it should be. There’s a nice soft carbonation that works really well with that ginger kick you’d expect from a good ginger beer. Taste wise, its nice and gingery to state the obvious, but also surprisingly has a subtle citrus and sweet spice that works really well before a dry refreshing finish. It’s not sickly sweet either, which combined with the lower alcohol content make the Lick Pier Ginger Beer amazingly session-able.
Lick Pier Ginger Beer is available in 660 ml or 330 ml bottles and is available from most retailers in Australia. They say ginger beer is the new cider, and on this evidence, can see where they are coming from.
*Thanks to East 9th Brewing Company for providing the Lick Pier Ginger Beer for review