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Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:29 pm

Since I just posted on the Coke vs. Pepsi thread; I thought I'd start one on Ginger Ale. I find Vernors to be very different from most other Ginger Ales. I've actually gotten almost addicted to it :P. Does anyone else here feel the same?
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:12 pm

Canada Dry is the only gingerale for me! I only ever have something different if I have no other option.

When I was living in Australia, there was a small import store across the street from my building. Every couple weeks or so I would go and buy a case of Canada Dry for $25, a markup of about 500%. Definitely worth it in order to avoid that Schweppes crap they sold over there (it doesn't taste the same as the Schweppes in Canada).

Quoting oldman55 (Thread starter):
Vernors Ginger Ale

Can't say I've ever tried it. I live about 15 minutes from the US border so I may have to pick some up soon to try it if it's good enough to start a thread about.  
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:24 pm

Hands down, best ginger ale ever, Thomas Kemper: http://www.tksoda.com/our-sodas/ginger-ale

Jamaican ginger, cane sugar, and a bit of honey. Fabulous.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:50 pm

Quoting oldman55 (Thread starter):
I find Vernors to be very different from most other Ginger Ales

Like the label says "Barrel Aged. Bold Taste." It is very different. I don't really like it, but a lot of people do.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 1):
I live about 15 minutes from the US border so I may have to pick some up soon to try it

According to your profile you live close to a part of the USA where you can buy Vernors fairly easily. Vernors originally came from Detroit, but the plant was closed in 1985, it is owned by Dr. Pepper now, and local Detroit bottling rights are owned by Pepsi. Vernors was only distributed in the Great Lakes region until the late 1980s, but it pops up in other markets. I have seen it in St. Louis, Missouri, but it isn't common.

I have seen it for sale in southwest Ontario, so you might even be able to find it in your area.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:24 pm

Vernors is very fizzy. It'll clear your sinuses (in a good way). Very sharp, almost spicy flavor to it.

Some relatives of mine like to make punch with Vernors for holiday gatherings.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:46 pm

Quoting hOmsAR (Reply 4):
Very sharp, almost spicy flavor to it.

It's got a bit of a bite to it. I've heard people say Vernor's is the way Ginger Ale used to taste years ago.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:51 pm

Vernors isn't a "ginger ale." It's a "ginger beverage." It is made in a completely different manner from other ginger ales. Vernors is a blend of herbs and spices that must be aged for four years (IIRC) in an oak cask.

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
According to your profile you live close to a part of the USA where you can buy Vernors fairly easily. Vernors originally came from Detroit, but the plant was closed in 1985, it is owned by Dr. Pepper now, and local Detroit bottling rights are owned by Pepsi. Vernors was only distributed in the Great Lakes region until the late 1980s, but it pops up in other markets. I have seen it in St. Louis, Missouri, but it isn't common.

It is intermittently available in the SF Bay Area. Our corner store had 2L Diet Vernors for a while. I almost started dancing when I saw it.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:00 am

Quoting hOmsAR (Reply 4):
Some relatives of mine like to make punch with Vernors for holiday gatherings.

I have been to a number of parties where the punch is made from Vernors.

A Boston Cooler is another interesting Vernors concoction; Vernors mixed with vanilla ice cream.



If I was around during prohibition (1920-1933) I would probably be spending a lot of time drinking this fine ginger ale.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:56 am

I first started drinking Vernors when I used to eat Jewish deli food. They always stocked it and it was hard to find outside of the deli type restaurants. A few years ago I started seeing it on supermarket shelves and would buy a case from time to time. The supermarket had cases of 12 cans on sale for $2.99 (in addition to Coke, Sprite, etc) a few weeks ago so I bought two cases. I still have lots of cans left as I don't drink much pop (before I bought the Vernor's I'd drink pop once a week at most). It's very good stuff and I like the strong flavour it has compared to regular Ginger Ales. I read somewhere about making a float using it and I do believe I've tried it with good results.

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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:31 am

Quoting falstaff (Reply 3):
Vernors was only distributed in the Great Lakes region until the late 1980s, but it pops up in other markets. I have seen it in St. Louis, Missouri, but it isn't common.

I remembered as having been a somewhat local thing. So when it started showing up here in LA, of all places, I thought that was pretty great.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:55 am

Quoting oldman55 (Thread starter):
I find Vernors to be very different from most other Ginger Ales.

Was the only ginger ale that my Dad would drink. Was VERY different. Very Dry. Thanks for bringing up a cherished memory about my Dad who passed 10 years ago.

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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:55 am

I like ginger ale but my favourite soft drink is Ginger beer.


Anyone else like it ?
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:43 pm

Vernor's is the best. I used to work around the corner from where it was bottled on Woodward Ave in Detroit.
 
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:37 pm

A tried and true southerner - I finally go a taste of Vernor's in Indiana back about 20 years ago.

It is definitely different.

I don't drink a lot of ginger ale - but a couple times a year, I see a six pack in a local supermarket - and grab it.

I could probably identify Vernor's in a blind taste test - but I couldn't tell any other two brands apart that I've ever tasted.
 
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:51 pm

Being originally from Michigan, Vernor's is ginger ale!
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:37 pm

Vernors Ginger Ale is the greatest. I love that stuff, it's probably my favourite soda. Good luck finding it in Vancouver, though. I've seen it in Ontario, but never here. When I go to the states, it's always one of the first things I go looking for. Usually I'd get my much needed Vernors fix on Horizon Air. I was disgusted when they stopped serving it. What are they serving now? I don't even know. I don't even care because if it's not Vernors, it's terrible. Vernors is where it's at!


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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:22 am

I first tried Vernor's at a fly-in - we had folks from all over the country converge on a rural grass-strip airport in the central south, and everybody brought some regional food item. Amazing, some people had never heard of Moon Pies. Really!

Ennyhoo, I tried the Vernor's and, at first, did not care for it, but it grew on me and now, I rather like the stuff.
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:26 am

Quoting hOmsAR (Reply 4):
Vernors is very fizzy. It'll clear your sinuses (in a good way). Very sharp, almost spicy flavor to it.

Some relatives of mine like to make punch with Vernors for holiday gatherings.

Wow, a blast from the past!

I think that I still have a six-pack of Vernors in the pantry, somewhere, I'll have to check the expiration dates and enjoy one again.

Vernors is readily available here in Houston, TX, in most all of the local grocery stores.

I never thought about making punch out of it, but interesting idea. Thanks.

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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:09 pm

Quoting sccutler (Reply 16):
Amazing, some people had never heard of Moon Pies. Really!

Moon... Pies... Wait are these pies of yours actually made on the moon, or just from imported moon rocks?
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:38 pm

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 18):

Moon... Pies... Wait are these pies of yours actually made on the moon, or just from imported moon rocks?

Neither. They are so-named because, when you try one, you'll be so ecstatic, you'll think you've flown to the moon.  http://www.moonpie.com/about
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RE: Vernors Ginger Ale

Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:10 pm

Vernors is a Ginger Soda, Not Ginger Ale. However in the grand scheme of things. I prefer is over any other ginger beverage.

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