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vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 08/30/03 2:49 AM
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I live in New Hampshire now after growing up in Michigan. Vernors Ginger Ale doesn't seem to be available in this area. Every summer after visiting in the UP I load the van up with Vernors. Half of it is drank before getting home. Anyway, I was wondering if the syrup is available for purchase? This would be a cheaper way for me to enjoy the ale, instead of paying the high shipping costs. Any help or thoughts on this would be of great help to me and my family,

Thanks

Roger

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 08/30/03 8:16 AM
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I have no idea where to purchase the syrup (or if it can even be done), but here's a website that purports to give you a recipe for making the syrup yourself.

http://hcs.harvard.edu/~dins/history/gingerale.shtml


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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 08/30/03 8:21 AM
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If you really like Ginger Ale you should try some of this product. It is all natural and damn good. Also, with a shot of Appleton Dark or Meyers, it makes a refreshing adult beverage.

http://www.reedsgingerbrew.com/aboutUs.asp


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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 08/30/03 9:03 AM
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Vernor's is available "almost" Nationwide in most major supermarkets. I am sure you could find it in some of the major city markets in N H . Even many of the Walmarts now have it.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 08/31/03 11:48 PM
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Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

If you really like Ginger Ale you should try some of this product. It is all natural and damn good. Also, with a shot of Appleton Dark or Meyers, it makes a refreshing adult beverage.


Reed's rocks; buy the "Premium" - it's GOOD for you, too!

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Mon, 09/1/03 7:02 AM
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I appreciate all your quick responses to my cry in the woods concerning Vernors. I haven't tried the other Ginger ale yet. I haven't tried very many other ginger ales at all, maybe 4 0r 5 at the most,I am just a junior burger, what do I know

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 09/20/03 8:47 AM
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Originally posted by Phil J.

I have no idea where to purchase the syrup (or if it can even be done), but here's a website that purports to give you a recipe for making the syrup yourself.

http://hcs.harvard.edu/~dins/history/gingerale.shtml




Phil J., Much thanks for the Vernor's recipe link; many fond memories of that ginger ale epiphany! - I'll make it today and let you know how it compares to the real thing. But it looks right. Them Harvard boys is sumpin, ain't they?
With appreciation,
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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 09/20/03 10:03 AM
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But, won't you have to wait a couple of years while it ages in an oak cask to give us the review ? We are Vernor's lovers who visit Michigan regularly to stock up on it. If you are near Flint, Michigan, the Vernor's mural (with gnomes demonstrating the process of aging the ginger ale in oak barrels) next to Halo Burgers is a must-see.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 09/21/03 1:04 PM
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rdrutter:

Like you I am a Michigan transplant in New England (central MA).

I have never found Vernors in supermarkets around here.

If you ever get to the Boston/Cambridge area, Mile High Bread Company, a sandwich shop in the Huron/Concord area of Cambridge, sells Vernors in cans. I was SURPRISED when I saw it there, apparenlty the shop owners are from MI and have it shipped in.

There are other good ginger ales, like Reeds as someone mentioned; however they are all PALE DRY ginger ales, while Vernors is unique as a GOLDEN ginger ale, a comletely different taste.

Nothing like Vernors with a scoop of vanilla ice cream....

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Mon, 09/22/03 12:24 AM
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Made the Vernor's recipe today <http://hcs.harvard.edu/~dins/history/gingerale.shtml> It's a fine drink, but has a few flaws when compared with Vernor's. But as I look at the website again, I wonder if this recipe is for Vernor's or Dr Brown's? Having never tasted Dr Brown's, I don't know. I remember Vernor's as an intensly flavored ginger ale, and this one is rather subtle. In fact, it's the lemon flavor which predominates, rather than the ginger and vanilla I remember. In fairness, I may have shorted on the ginger ("a four inch piece" is less than definative!). I'd go heavier next time. Same for the vanilla. I'm also not used to the taste of stevia, and how it might have affected the taste. I think I've only tasted Vernor's in a sugar base, and not to use sugar could result in a significant change.
But, as I said, it's a fine drink in it's own right, and I'm going to try it again.
John

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Thu, 09/25/03 2:51 AM
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Ginger ale - and all soda pop- pretty much runs through me so I don't drink much of it. Though my doctor denies it, I believe that my bladder stopped growing when I was 6 or so and it's now super small. The worst part is at the movies I love popcorn and coke, but the coke goes through me almost right away and I wind up missing half the movie and watch a urinal cake instead.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 11/1/03 11:18 PM
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I too grew up in MI, sampled many another gingerale and have yet to find one to equal Vernor's! I know its available in Buffalo, NY; parts of Publix supermarkets in FL and sometimes Food Lion in PA. And I just found suppliers on-line. I'd love to find a supplier in NJ area though. Good luck to us all in the quest.[:D
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Originally posted by rdrutter

I live in New Hampshire now after growing up in Michigan. Vernors Ginger Ale doesn't seem to be available in this area. Every summer after visiting in the UP I load the van up with Vernors. Half of it is drank before getting home. Anyway, I was wondering if the syrup is available for purchase? This would be a cheaper way for me to enjoy the ale, instead of paying the high shipping costs. Any help or thoughts on this would be of great help to me and my family,

Thanks

Roger

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Tue, 11/4/03 2:19 PM
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A little late in on this topic. While Vernor's is OK, I have found a regional one in the Tidewater area of VA - Northern Neck Ginger Ale . Excellent. Not sure if it will change now that Coca-Cola has taken over.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 11/16/03 2:28 PM
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Two things:

1. Polar Beverages here in Worcester, MA makes a Golden Ginger Ale. I don't think it's quite as good, but at least it's not adry ginger ale.

2. http://www.groceries-express.com may or may not be able to sell you the syrup. I found an order form on tehir website for four 1 gallon containers, but I haven't been able to find it recently. If you calll or e-mail they might be able to help you.

Personally, I'm looking for a Vernors Ice cream recipe, but I think I would need the syrup to make it without it being too icy. And I don't plan to make 4 gallons of syrup with of Ice cream!!!

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 11/16/03 5:08 PM
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Welcome to the group A-Amy. There is nothing like an Iced 1 liter of Vernors to refresh oneself on a hot humid summer day.
AL

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 11/16/03 9:02 PM
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Yes, there is nothing like Vernor's with ice cream. But close second is Faygo Rock and Rye float! Another great Michigan product junk food![|)]

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 11/16/03 10:55 PM
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Well, born and raised in Michigan, moved on down south then replanted back in Michigan... Guess I probably shouldnt mention I'm using Vernors at the moment as a mixer... (And it is tasty!)... I'd suggest getting a 5 gallon syrup bag, but being a former bartender, that crap dont even come close... Best thing to do is find one of your smaller distributing companys and start bugging them to stock it! If not, they may be able to steer you to the closest distributer that carries the product...

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 12/20/03 1:13 AM
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I grew up in Mich., a big Vernor's fan, but one thing I've always wondered: how can the current Vernor's recipe be the classic, original recipe by Mr. Vernor when one of the ingredients listed is "Artificial Flavor"? I'm just curious, not trying to burst anyone's bubble.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 12/20/03 3:10 AM
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Originally posted by dendan

A little late in on this topic. While Vernor's is OK, I have found a regional one in the Tidewater area of VA - Northern Neck Ginger Ale . Excellent. Not sure if it will change now that Coca-Cola has taken over.

Ale 8 1 is a ginger ale bottled by a family company in Winchester, Kentucky that elicits enormous loyalty from it's fans. Stories regularly appear in our paper about people making trips home from far corners to get their "supply". I would have to characterize Ale 8 1 as mild in spiciness, but refreshing. Quite a few Ale 8 1 fans consider themselves Ale 8 1 addicts.

Another regional favorite in the South is Blenheims, a ginger ale particular to South Carolina that comes in two versions, Hot and Not So Hot. Both are pretty spicy tasting. Blenheims is beloved by its fans, much like our Ale 8 1.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Mon, 12/22/03 6:19 PM
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The closest I ever got to heaven at a fountain....
...Was in 2000 at the soda dispenser at a Ford complex employee cafeteria in Dearborn - never in my California days/daze had I seen Vernor's in any other form than can or bottle, and here it was dispensed like every other soda brand. I may have had something decent to eat at that meal, too, but I only remember my 32oz. styrofoam cup of bliss with crushed [NOT cubed] ice - hmmmmmmm, I was ready for the hereafter at that point. Now I keep an eye out for the 2-liter bottles that help me through my times of need....
Buen provecho,
Richard
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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Mon, 12/22/03 7:15 PM
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I like Vernor's cuz it tastes like it's already got the bourbon in it.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sat, 12/27/03 8:11 PM
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Gosh I feel Guilty ....
Drinking one as I read the thread ...

I contend that Vernors was different in my Youth
When we could still buy an old Vernors Barrel, smelling STRONG of ginger
and lined with sugar crystals

Living in Detroit has it's advantages
Vernors
Last Season's Tigers
This Season's Lions

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 03/21/04 10:20 AM
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I grew up in Michigan too. I had a hard time finding Vernors a lot of places. They sell it in a few grocery stores here in Las Vegas, but it's 3.99 for a six pack! I wish it was cheaper..I'd buy it all the time. I do load up when I go back to MI, but it's too hard to bring back when I fly.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Tue, 03/23/04 3:48 PM
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When we lived in TX, we took some Vernors back with us and shared it with some of our friends. It's always fun to see the reaction of a newbie Vernors drinker when they get those bubbles up their noses!

Does anyone know why a Vernors and ice cream float is called a Boston Cooler? I never could figure that out!

My mom used to make us Vernors and Cream. Take a little cream and put it in your glass, maybe an inch or two and then pour in your Vernors. She used to stop on her way home from school with her friends and get that as a treat, and it is sooooo good!

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Tue, 03/23/04 4:24 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by pigface

Gosh I feel Guilty ....
Drinking one as I read the thread ...

I contend that Vernors was different in my Youth
When we could still buy an old Vernors Barrel, smelling STRONG of ginger
and lined with sugar crystals

Living in Detroit has it's advantages
Vernors
Last Season's Tigers

I agree that Vernors was different in Youth.. Used to have more flavor and more of a snap to it...

This Season's Lions

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Tue, 03/23/04 4:27 PM
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Hmmm... Something went awry with responding to the above post...
As I was saying, Vernors was much better back in the Youth days! Had more flavor and more of a snap to it... Oh I see what I did... Dohhh...


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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Tue, 03/23/04 4:57 PM
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Originally posted by rdrutter

I live in New Hampshire now after growing up in Michigan. Vernors Ginger Ale doesn't seem to be available in this area. Every summer after visiting in the UP I load the van up with Vernors. Half of it is drank before getting home. Anyway, I was wondering if the syrup is available for purchase? This would be a cheaper way for me to enjoy the ale, instead of paying the high shipping costs. Any help or thoughts on this would be of great help to me and my family,

Thanks

Roger


Hey Roger, did a little thinking back.. The bar I worked at bought the bags from a place called "Bar Beverage Control Inc., 616-698-8828" located here in Grand Rapids Michigan. I know they will carry the syrup bags, but talking them into shipping one might be another story in itself! Look in the Yellow Pages under Beverage Dispensing Equipment & Supplies. Try some of your local dealers.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 03/24/04 5:26 PM
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ALRIGHTY THEN!!!!!!!
I just placed an order 5 gals of syrup at 5 to 1 which makes 30 gals of vernors ,, hmm now to find the rest of the equipment to have my own Vernors on tap at home. Mmm now to check the net for Dispensor Equipment .

Thanks Uncle Vic

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 03/24/04 8:18 PM
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Well, call one of your local soda distributors (Like Coke, Pepsi, 7-up) and ask if they have any used equipment for sale. Also seen tons of systems on Ebay fairly cheap (Less the expensive shipping)...

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 03/24/04 11:30 PM
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Being a Michigan boy, I fell in love with Vernors as a kid and still ocnsider it my favorite soft drink..... it has not been produced here in Michigan for almost 20 years though, except by a few independent bottlers..... it is currently a product brand of Cadbury/7-UP/RC in Texas.... yet it still does not have national distribution and absolutely zilch in the way of advertising or marketing... the farthest out of Michigan I have seen it is in northern Virginia... yet it is still considered a Michigan treasure.... I will never understand why someone hasn't take it nationwide

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Fri, 03/26/04 9:16 AM
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Originally posted by Bushie

Originally posted by Mayhaw Man

If you really like Ginger Ale you should try some of this product. It is all natural and damn good. Also, with a shot of Appleton Dark or Meyers, it makes a refreshing adult beverage.

Reed's rocks; buy the "Premium" - it's GOOD for you, too!


It is the truth!! Inspired by this thread I bought my first 4-pack of Reed's Premium yesterday (while noting with pleasure that my store - the Common Market Coop in Frederick - stocked all the varieties) and I now have a new favorite beverage! Next time I'm trying the Extra Ginger....

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 06/2/04 5:39 PM
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Vernor's (my wife likes the Diet kind; no accounting for tastes) is often found at the Clemens Market in New Hope, PA. It's only about 15 miles from Trenton, NJ.

You can e-mail Dr. Pepper/7 UP to find dealers near you.


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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Mon, 07/12/04 12:47 PM
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I grew up in Flint, Michigan. After I moved to Milwaukee I would pick up a couple cases of Vernors on every family trip. Luckily we discovered that one of the local Pick'n'Saves shipped ina few cases of Vernors a month, so my family would head over there and buiy them up when they came in. Now I find myself in Germany with the US ARmy, and alas, the commisary doesn't carry Vernor's or Faygo or any of the other good Michigan brands. I was talking on the internet to a friend from Northern Ohio and mentioned that I had a Root Beer Float, but would love a Boston Cooler. Suprise, less then a week later a package arrived with a 6 pack of the 17 oz bottles. Think I've found my distributor. You can also order from Grocieries Express at www.vernors.com, but it's expensive ($43.99 for four 6 pack 24 oz bottles, $36.99 for eight 2 liters, $37.99 for fifteen 1 liters, 14.99 for a single 6 pack, $7.49 for a single 2 liter and $6.99 for a single 1 liter, although they lower the prices some if you buy in bulk) Best bet is to talk to your local grocery to see if they can special order it (chain-stores are better at this). Best of luck.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Tue, 07/13/04 5:32 PM
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I take care of my Vernor's craving by getting it at Kroger. They always have the diet and regular in 6 packs and bottles. That is, unless my friend Cristine or neighbor Larry beat me to it..They both lived in Michigan as children..Laurie

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 01/26/05 9:10 PM
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NOPE! Not available here! I am in "podunk" South Dakota and there is no Vernors here. I have lived all over the country and the ONLY places I have found Vernors is between Indiana and Pennsylvania, not even as far south as Kentucky! Face it! You can only get Vernors in Michigan and Ohio or in the PXs on bases. Whenever we come back "home" in the summer we fill up the back of our van with Vernors and Faygo. I'm down to my last 6 cans and know we won;t be back to Ohio til July for the family reunion so am stressing about this...how do I get more Vernors?? LOL
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Vernor's is available "almost" Nationwide in most major supermarkets. I am sure you could find it in some of the major city markets in N H . Even many of the Walmarts now have it.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 01/26/05 9:12 PM
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There is NO comparison to Vernor's. I have tried a lot of other ginger ales but NONE compare! I am tired of people telling me that some other Ginger Ale is as good...they are NOT!

quote:
Originally posted by Wistah

rdrutter:

Like you I am a Michigan transplant in New England (central MA).

I have never found Vernors in supermarkets around here.

If you ever get to the Boston/Cambridge area, Mile High Bread Company, a sandwich shop in the Huron/Concord area of Cambridge, sells Vernors in cans. I was SURPRISED when I saw it there, apparenlty the shop owners are from MI and have it shipped in.

There are other good ginger ales, like Reeds as someone mentioned; however they are all PALE DRY ginger ales, while Vernors is unique as a GOLDEN ginger ale, a comletely different taste.

Nothing like Vernors with a scoop of vanilla ice cream....

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 01/26/05 10:22 PM
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Alecs,
Almost all the Markets, Kroger and others carry Vernors in the Louisville area..on both sides of the river. You can enjoy 'REAL' or 'd i e t ' as you prefer!

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Wed, 01/26/05 10:31 PM
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When I was growing up in LA (California) not Lower Alabama in the late 40's and early 50's Vernor's was available. I always thought of it as a local product.
Steve from the other Phoenix

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Thu, 01/27/05 1:09 AM
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Seriously? They musta beenout then when we were there about 2 yrs ago. My son graduated from Ft Knox and I was in the Louisville area, went to a Krogers and they didn't have it. I then went to a Meijer and they didn't have it. I had to drive to Dayton to get it before I headed back out here.

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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Alecs,
Almost all the Markets, Kroger and others carry Vernors in the Louisville area..on both sides of the river. You can enjoy 'REAL' or 'd i e t ' as you prefer!

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Thu, 01/27/05 2:18 AM
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I live in San Jose, CA. And I can get Vernors any day at my local super market. As a matter of fact they bottle it right here in Santa Clara. As a kid growing up in Niagara Falls in the 40's 50's Vernors had a big store on Falls St.a block from the brink of the falls.......... It was a treat for both the tourist and the locals alike. I'm so glad I still can have some whenever I like. It's bottled by the 7up people so I wonder why half the country cant get it....Frank C.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Thu, 01/27/05 10:15 AM
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Well, that's cool to know...maybe when I am in CA in March I can find some Vernors! I will look around and see what I can find.


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Originally posted by fpczyz

I live in San Jose, CA. And I can get Vernors any day at my local super market. As a matter of fact they bottle it right here in Santa Clara. As a kid growing up in Niagara Falls in the 40's 50's Vernors had a big store on Falls St.a block from the brink of the falls.......... It was both a treat for the tourist and the locales alike. I'm so glad I still can have some whenever I like. It's bottled by the 7up people so I wonder why half the country cant get it....Frank C.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Fri, 01/28/05 3:05 AM
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I've been drinking it here in SoCal since the early 60's. It is up there with Stewarts Grape Soda as one of my favorites.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Mon, 10/30/06 1:21 AM
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This is to answer a previous question. The reason a BOSTON COOLER is called that, ( A Boston Cooler is vanilla ice cream and Vernors and in some places milk is a substitute) is because the name of the street where I believe Mr. Vernors invented this cooler drink is called Boston and it is in Detroit. I am not sure if there is still a street there by that name though.I am in Michigan and we have all the Vernors we need here...It is good to baste ham with or use instead of water for jello. You can mix it in for cake as well.

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RE: vernors ginger ale syrup - Sun, 10/20/13 3:28 PM
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I'm also a born and bred Michigander who grew up on Vernor's. While I have been able to find it in Florida and Colorado (where I have moved since leaving Michigan), it's not the same. Vernor's was bought out by the Dr. Pepper conglomerate and the formula changed. It is no longer made with real sugar, and the amount of ginger has gone down considerably.