Bundaberg Ginger Beer
375 mL bottle
3.15 g sugar / oz.
Bundaberg started in 1960 as Electra Breweries in the small town of Bundaberg near Brisbane. Neville and Gladys owned a Dairy Queen franchise nearby and joined the company as distributors for its soft drinks. In 1968 the owner wished to retire, and the couple, along with their son Cliff and daughter-in-law Lee, were able to purchase the business.
The new owners revised the recipes of the drinks and came up with a brewing process for the ginger and root beers. Dried ginger is ground to a flour which is heated with water and sugar. Yeast is added to ferment the mixture for several days, not long enough to become alcoholic. Unlike old-fashioned home-made ginger or root beers, however, the yeast is not what produces the carbonation in the bottle. Instead, the concentrated flavor mixture is later added to carbonated water, citric acid, and preservatives as it is bottled.
Bundaberg expanded its product line to ten flavors in the 1980s. Electra Breweries officially changed its name to Bundaberg Brewing in 1995 and the company has expanded into sales in many overseas countries. The growth of the company has helped support the success of ginger and sugar cane farms around Bundaberg providing fresh local ingredients for the company's products.
In 2006 the company opened a museum and visitor center housed in a building in the shape of a giant barrel which tells the story of ginger beer and the Bundaberg brand.
Tastes fresh with peppery ginger. It's a light and sweet ginger beer, not a super-spicy Caribbean-style brew.
Carbonated water, cane sugar, ginger root, natural flavors, acid (citric acid), yeast, preservatives (potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate), antioxidant (ascorbic acid).
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Pty. Ltd.
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