Making It in Central Mass.: From ginger beer to biotech, region's manufacturing delivers – Worcester Telegram

Mark Sullivan Telegram & Gazette Staff @mcnsullivan

WORCESTER – More than 12,000 Dark ‘n’ Stormys were quaffed in the Goslings Island Bar in the America’s Cup Village when the yacht-racing world converged on Bermuda last month for the 2017 America’s Cup competition.

And every can of Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer – official ginger beer of the 35th America’s Cup – that was mixed with Goslings Black Seal Rum, crushed ice and a slice of lime to make what is called Bermuda’s national cocktail bore this label: “Canned Under Authority of Polar Beverages, Worcester MA.”

Under a partnership between Worcester soft-drink bottler Polar and Bermuda’s premier rum maker, Gosling Bros., a key component of the Dark ‘n’ Stormy – a cocktail name trademarked by Gosling Bros. and evocative of Bermudan surf and sail – is made here in this blue-collar New England city nearly 800 miles from the British resort island in the Atlantic.

Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer is a thing. “Goslings is the No. 1-selling ginger beer in the U.S.,” said Goslings spokesman Glenn Kelley. “We’re projecting to hit 2 million cases of the Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer by the end of this year.”

Traditionally made with ginger root, sugar and a fermenting yeast that leaves a distinctive cloudiness, nonalcoholic ginger beer features more of a ginger kick than its soft-drink descendant, ginger ale, and has become increasingly popular in this country both as a mixer and a standalone drink.

The Goslings variety is described as “the hippest” ginger beer by food bloggers Taylor Hackbarth and Lindsay Landis at Love & Olive Oil. “It’s the brand that all of hip local eateries seem to stock.” Reviewer Matt Bergstrom at the Delicious Sparking Temperance Drinks blog writes: “Ooh, this is tasty! It’s got a little pepper to sizzle on the tongue

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