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What does "ale" mean in the commercial for Ginger Ale?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (16784points) 2 months ago

The commercial said it it not a drink or a soda, but rather an ale. What do they mean by “ale”? I thought that “ale” was an alcohol? If any one can share a link it would be welcome.

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Dutchess_lll's avatar

Well technically an ale is a type of beer. I think.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Ginger beer is brewed and fermented, while ginger ale is carbonated water flavored with ginger.

Ale is a type of beer. I’m not sure why it’s Ginger “ale”. Another link I found said that It’s because it started off as a beer, then became a soft drink as well.

LostInParadise's avatar

The commercial is misleading. Ginger ale is a soda that uses ginger for flavoring.

snowberry's avatar

Hmmm, so is there a similar story behind root beer?

seawulf575's avatar

Originally, ginger ale was actually a fermented beverage and there was alcohol in it. The fermentation by the yeast gave it both alcohol and fizz. The difference between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer started with the fermentation process and the subsequent taste and alcohol content. These days both are manufactured “artificially” and don’t have the base process.

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