Sewickley's Village Candy store is presenting an "adults-only" tasting Wednesday evening, Dec. 12, featuring an assortment of the non-alcoholic ginger beers and ales that it carries, but adultified by the local Sharp Edge Bistro.
Edge-y bartender Amanda Wright will discuss and demonstrate two hot retro cocktails, the Dark 'n' Stormy and the Moscow Mule. Both are made with ginger beer, and Village Candy claims to have the region's largest selection of brands.
Doug Alpern will offer tastes of several ginger beers and ginger ales, including the half dozen pictured in this post.
He says that Sharp Edge Bistro also will create a unique ginger cocktail especially for this event.
Village Candy is at 344 Beaver St. (412-741-1490); Sharp Edge Bistro is at 510 Beaver (412-749-0305) in the rear, on a little alley that makes going there feel like you're doing something secret.
Mr. Alpern, who will be there, said this afternoon that 27 people already were registered, but there's room for plenty more.
The difference between ginger ale and ginger beer?
He emails that "the main difference, though not always, is that ginger beer is spicier, and is sometimes cloudy with ginger. Ginger ale is usually much milder, a la Canada Dry. Also, in days gone by, ginger beer has been alcoholic, and in Britain they are again making it that way and supposedly exporting it to the states. Wish we could have gotten some ... "