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Ginger beer is a type of carbonated beverage, flavored primarily with ginger, lemon and sugar. It originated in England in the mid 1700s, and it reached its peak of popularity in the early 1900s. In the traditional production process, which is also used for root beer, yeast is added to the other ingredients, and the resulting fermentation produces carbon dioxide, which is responsible for bubbles known as carbonation or effervescence. Ginger beer produced by the traditional process will contain alcohol as a result of the fermentation, although the alcohol content is generally low. In the modern production process, pressurized carbon dioxide is used to produce the carbonation. Ginger beer produced in this manner does not contain alcohol. Ginger beer is similar to ginger ale but is more strongly flavored, and is usually cloudy, while ginger ale is clear.
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