|Jeremy Sulzbacher gave me a bottle |
of his Ginger Tipple while we both
enjoyed a glass of regular beer,
not on Passover.
But, he says, "I've never brewed regular beer." Indeed, he gave me a bottle of his Ginger Tipple, a beer brewed without grain at all.
"We use non-white sugars and grated ginger in the mash," Jeremy explained. "We ferment with wine yeast and dry-hop during fermentation for four weeks. Just before bottling, we add lemon juice and rind, and honey.
"Although it says 7% alcohol on the label, it's really closer to 9% -- a really strong brew."
Jeremy also gave me a second bottle of Ginger Tipple with added organic apple juice.
|"Wait! You can't have beer!"|
"I found rabbinical authorities in Belgium who will certify this for me," Jeremy adds. "This includes the hops, which are not grain at all, but you must prove that they never come into contact with leavened grain.
"My plan is to sell this beer for Passover to the major Jewish communities in America, Israel and Britain. I will be able to brew the quantity I need by using the facilities of large kosher wineries, where the equipment is kosher for Passover all through the year."
So do we finally have a beer we can serve at our Passover table which will be kosher by all accounts? This could be big news. With this in mind, I eagerly popped open my bottle of Ginger Tipple to have a taste.
|They didn't have beer at their seder table.|
Why should we?
But . . . beer, as we know it, it is not. Although "beer" has a wide range of styles, colors, aromas and flavors, there is also a connecting thread which we can identify almost immediately. Even those beers which tend strongly towards sour and salty can still find a place under the tent. But in my humble opinion, Ginger Tipple is not there.
So, hearty kudos to Jeremy Sulzbacher for giving us a wonderful alternative beverage to serve during Passover. I certainly hope to see it on sale in Israel and will buy a few bottles for my own holiday table and as gifts.
But the search for a kosher for Passover beer still continues.