Jamaican-style ginger beer, the super-spicy cousin of ginger ale, is sold by brands such as Goya, Old Jamaica, Reed's, Blue Sky, Maine Root, Fever Tree and Gosling's. Some other brands are Barritt's, Bruce Cost, Parker's, Spindrift, Bundaberg, Fentimans, DG Genuine, JCS and Regatta.
Jamaican-style ginger beer is a popular taste of the Caribbean, made with the island's native sweetener, brown sugar. Ginger beer is distinguished from ginger ale because it is brewed with ginger, while ginger ale is only carbonated water flavored with ginger. This means there is actually a small amount of alcohol in ginger beer, but not enough (0.5 percent) to be considered an alcoholic beverage by the FDA.
Ginger beer was invented in England in the 1800s. It is brewed with ginger, sugar, water, lemon juice and a type of bacteria called "ginger beer plant." The primary characteristic of Jamaican-style ginger beer is the strong ginger flavor and spicy taste. The most famous ginger-beer cocktail, the Dark n' Stormy, gets its name from its ingredients' Caribbean origins. It is made of ginger beer mixed with dark rum, another common product of the Caribbean. Reed's naturally brews both ginger beers and ginger ales. According to food blog Love & Olive Oil, the spiciest brand of them all is Goya Jamaican-Style Ginger Beer.