Canada Dry. The difference? Ginger beer is actually brewed and fermented while ginger ale is essentially a carbonated beverage made from water and ginger. Ginger beer often has much more of a "gingery" flavor and because it's fermented, is less carbonated. My favorite brands are the unfiltered ginger beers like Seattle's fantastic Rachel's Ginger Beer - it is slightly cloudy and has an unprecedented ginger flavor. I've started to buy ginger beer at the store now instead of ginger ale because the latter often has so much more sugar and often isn't even made with real ginger.
What's your preference? Are you ginger ale or ginger beer kinda gal/guy?Related: Try This! Easy Homemade Ginger Ale (Image: Emma Christensen)