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Old 02-03-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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I am very upset that my local supermarket no longer carries Vernors. It's so good.

I occasionally splurge on Thomas Kemper Ginger Ale, but it's pretty expensive at nearly six bucks for a six pack.

I am thinking about making my own ginger beer.

Is ther anything a ginger ale afficionado should go out of their way to try and where can I find it?
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Murrayville, Georgia
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:16 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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No Bev-Mo where you live?

Ghods I love that place
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Love me some Vernors!
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Goya & Old Tyme are both pretty good.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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I am from Jamaica and we drink Ginger Beer and there is a brand called Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) that is great but now I mostly use it to make a "dark and stormy"...ginger beer with rum....mmhh...is it Friday yet?
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Durham
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It's pretty easy to make a ginger beer with an empty 2 liter bottle, some fresh grated ginger, sugar, lemon juice and a little brewer's yeast. I've made it a few times - not exactly like commercial ginger ale, but delicious and refreshing. Takes a few days to ferment and carbonate.

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser...er_Ale_Ag0.htm

Of the commercial varieties I'm not a huge Vernor's fan, but then again I'm not from Michigan.

(every Vernor's fan I've ever met is from MI)

Best I've had is called Blenheim's. It's serious ginger ale. It's the kind of ginger ale that will beat you up, make you say "uncle" and steal your lunch money. It's like sipping fire. Hot, delicious fire. Superb with a shot of bourbon too.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:01 AM
 
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It's really easy to build a carbonator and carbonate your own beverages. All you need is a CO2 tank, regulator, hose, tire valve, and if you want to get fancy, a locking air chuck. Then you can carbonate anything: soda, wine, vodka, etc.

Some of my favorites are:
Ginger & Honey
Ginger & Cucumber
Cucumber
Black Tea & Honey
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I'll drink any kind of ginger ale--it's all pretty much the same to me. Store brand, usually, but I've picked up Canada Dry, Vernor's and Schweppes before.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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Canada Dry and Schweppes.
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