THE SEASONAL GINGER SLAP BREW DELIVERS THE UNEXPECTED
by Aaron Lucas
Seasonal beers are great because you never know what will be released from each brewery. Most breweries have staple seasonal beers, but I enjoy when we get the unexpected. Palmetto Brewery has been tinkering around with a new beer and now we have the Ginger Slap. Palmetto spiced up their 5.4% Amber Ale (my personal go-to) with cardamom and ginger. The result: aromas of caramel, light ginger and a rolling earthiness from the cardamom. You taste the cardamom up front while the ginger lingers and tingles with that inherent ginger tartness, and ties in well with the light hoppy finish. The Ginger Slap is a very drinkable beer with moderate carbonation, which can pair well with a range of dishes from Asian plates, a well-braised rabbit or lamb served with potatoes and even venison. The cardamom is a refreshing addition, especially since ginger and candied ginger additions are becoming the norm (Palmetto uses fresh Ginger). Cardamom adds varied nuances – woody, earthy and spicy. This compliments the light caramel flavor from the malt, making this one fine seasonal brew. Cheers to Palmetto!