Not all Ginger Beers are the same

Ginger Beer is becoming a popular thirst quenching beverage and there are many new options hitting the market

The average 200ml glass of ginger beer contains a whopping 38.5g of sugar, the equivalent of just over eight teaspoons, according to research.

Ginger is one of Barker’s favourite flavours which is why we’ve launched our new Lite Brewed Ginger Beer fruit syrup. Not only does it contain 8.7g (approx. two teaspoons of sugar) per 200ml, it can be diluted to suit taste and sugar intake.

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How do we make our Brewed Ginger Beer?

It’s the same traditional clean, gingery, dry taste we all enjoy.

Perfecting the ginger beer fermentation has been a ‘learn as we go’ process.  It was important to bring a traditional fermented flavour through into the syrup to conjure up memories of home-brewed ginger beer.  We have searched the archives and gathered knowledge from our long-serving team members about the days when Anthony Barker was fermenting wine on the corner of the family farm.  The key learning from this was happy yeast equals good flavour!  

Brewing ginger beerUsing root ginger crushed on site means we can extract loads of flavour and that spicy punch.  We let it sit in the back shed until the flavour has developed and before it turns alcoholic!  There has been some messy, gingery fun along the way and still more to come.  

Due to the popularity of the Barker’s Lite Brewed Ginger Beer we are still working on up-scaling the fermentation process to meet the demand.

Baker's Lite Brewed Ginger BeerHow do we make Ginger Beer with less sugar?

Barker’s Lite Brewed Ginger Beer was launched in October 2016 because Kiwis told us they wanted a low calorie, low sugar version of this ultimate thirst quencher.

Our Lite Brewed Ginger Beer has 47% less sugar when compared to Barker’s Lemon, Honey & Ginger (the closest comparative fruit syrup within our own range) and contains approximately 40% of total sugar found in the equivalent volume of a popular ginger beer*. Barker’s chooses not to use artificial sweetener, so by adding a touch of natural sweeteners, it means less sugar and fewer calories, something our customers have been requesting for some time.

We were delighted to receive a commendation in the 2016 Healthy Food Guide magazine Awards, in the ‘best low sugar/no sugar’ category.

* Sugar comparison:
  • Bundaberg Ginger Beer (original) 200 ml = 21.6 g sugar
  • Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer 200ml = 2.4g sugar (contains artificial sweeteners 951 aspartame, 950 acesulfame potassium, 955 sucralose)
  • Barkers Lite Ginger Beer 200 ml = 8.7 g sugar (contains natural sweeteners, stevia and erythritol)