Vernors Ginger Soda

The Original Ginger Soda (Ale), Barrel Aged 3 Years Bold Taste, 6 8-fl. oz. cans

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  • Barrel Aged 3 Years Bold Taste

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Made in Michigan since 1866

I like “Vernor’s”, and drink it all the time. It is old fashioned drink from Michigan, since 1866, and the labeling was known for its lovely green and gold colors and the gnome character. If you look at the can it is actually called ginger soda instead of ale and is different than typical ginger ale in taste. Vernor’s has a strong vanilla presence, is smoother and more moist, and sweeter than a ginger ale. It is closer to a cream soda than ginger ale, very good. A ginger ale is more dry, higher in carbonation, and has a spicier bite to it. Vernor’s has 39 grams sugar in the full size can, versus 33 grams per can for Schweppes Ginger Ale. Neither has caffeine.

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 years, 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. Vernor’s 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.

NoellaNewburg, ND