I have recently become a fan of good Ginger Ale/Beer and would love to find a consistent reliable source for Vernors(for every day drinking) to some of the really good brands; Cock N Bull, Reeds, or the last brand I tried, which I believe was named Santa Cruz,for when you want something really good.
I have tried making it at home and it works well aside from the thus far insoluble issue of fermentation after 5-7 days (even refrigerated). If you can find this with free shipping, fill your storeroom, but aside from that, I don’t know. The few brands Amazon carries with free shipping, I have issues with. Fever Tree; not great and 7 oz.bottles; Hansen’s; too much vanilla taste, really overpowering. If you truly like ginger in different incarnations, the Ginger People make an excellent 5 oz. bottle of ginger juice; a drop of which will invigorate mass produced ginger ale. Their shipping is also outrageous but here is a tip with which I reluctantly part. Vitacost.com carries it by the case 12 bottles @ $4/btl. and has very cheap S/H-free over $75 and they have a broad line of nutritional supplements that you can easily add to cart to get total above $75 and get free shipping.
If anyone knows of a quality ginger ale/beer distributor that offers free shipping, I’d love to know. In the meantime, even Canada Dry has responded and is now actually putting ginger in their ginger ale. I couldn’t believe that it was all artificially flavored until about 9 months ago.
Vernors a 5-star drink
World’s Best Ginger Ale
Made in Michigan since 1866
The recipe has changed a bit over the years mostly in the choice of sweeteners. They use the same high fructose corn syrup that the cost cutting mega soda companies use, rather than the cane sugar they used to use. The down side to that is that the corn syrup syrup drowns out some of the flavors. Many microbrews are using cane sugar again, although it costs more, to get a better taste. Vernor’s is still aged in oak barrels for 3 , no doubt accounting for the smoothness. All in all a great soda for anytime. The soda is also known, like other ginger drinks, for its use as a home remedy for an upset stomach.
Vernor’s is a regional soda, and there are many areas of the country you can’t find it in. That is why it sells here. They may be selling it in glass bottles again soon, at least there is a page that says so the day I am writing this comment. Search at Amazon for ASIN: B001JK2SEG to see what I mean. Vernors has quite a history, and there are two books at Amazon about the soda. The first is Vernor’s Ginger Ale (Images of America: Michigan) ISBN-10: 0738551856. The second book is “The Vernor’s Story: From Gnomes to Now” ISBN-10: 0472066978 a book about the company’s marketing green and gold packaging with the famous gnome, and Vernor’s fans.
Ginger Ale of my youth
Vernors is a Michigan original, having flavors of vanilla, ginger and oak to give the “Original Ginger Soda” a taste that is “Deliciously Different”
Living in Wyoming now, I don’t get to have Vernors that often, only getting enough when I’m home for a visit. I alwasy bring enough back with me that I can have enough for myself and use it at school for special activities. It’s become my little way of keeping part of home with me.