Orange and chocolate. Chocolate and orange. Any way you approach this classic pairing of fruity sweetness is pure magic.

From the simple candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate to a milk chocolate bonbon filled with luscious orange crème — this classic taste combo is a winner.

And now you can sip a gluten-free, ginger beer that captures this taste sensation, ‘To a T.’

Yes, Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery has created another winner, with the small-batch release of Dark Chocolate and Orange Peel ginger beer. And GR is keeping it local, by sourcing ingredients from RAMP Studios Riverside Drive neighbors.

Ginger’s Dark Chocolate and Orange Peel ginger beer is loaded with goodness, ‘brewed’ with Peruvian and Nicaraguan cacao nibs from French Broad Chocolate and orange peel from Meherwan Irani's, SpiceWalla.

From first sip, this ginger beer puts a smile on your face. The orange and spiced ginger goodness greet your tongue with spiced fruitiness, as the deepest and darkest chocolatey goodness rounds out with sweetness throughout your palate. Without reservation, it is one of the best tasting beverages I have ever tasted.  

The only sad thing about GR’s Dark Chocolate and Orange Peel ginger beer is that it’s a small-batch offering — so, it won’t be on tap for very long.

Run, don’t walk, to Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery, and taste this wonderful creation.

But, if they are out of this brew, try the other tasty small-batch offerings, including Elderberry, Carrot Peppermint or Plum & Green Tea. Of course, the mainstay house ginger beers are wonderful, too. Order a flight and taste the Original Ginger’s Revenge, the Lime Agave (one of our personal faves) and Hibiscus Lavender.

Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery and Tasting Room is at 829 Riverside Dr., Ste. 100, in the north end of Asheville’s River Arts District. The tasting room is open from 4-8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; from 4-9 p.m. Friday; from 2-9 p.m. Saturday; and from 2-8 p.m. Sunday; closed Tuesday. Call 828-505-2462 or visit

Paul Viau is an award-winning creative director, with a 30-year career in advertising and marketing. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he met his wife, Carol, when they worked for rival advertising agencies in Miami, Florida. They became permanent residents of Haywood County in 2008 and reside in Waynesville. 

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