Vernors Ginger Ale

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drummagick
Cheeseburger
2013/05/16 16:40:32
Have they changed their recipe?  The last time I had one was maybe 20 years ago
and I remember it tasting gingery and spicy and having a wallop.  I picked up a
6-pack two days ago and it tastes like.....borderline cream soda.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 18:16:10
I bought a bottle a few weeks ago for my yearly fix and it seemed to taste the same. It still had that wallop that no ginger ale has.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 19:32:39
EdSails

I bought a bottle a few weeks ago for my yearly fix and it seemed to taste the same. It still had that wallop that no ginger ale has.

 
I'm guessing you've never had Blenheim ginger ale.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 19:41:49
mjambro
I'm guessing you've never had Blenheim ginger ale.

 
Nope. I used to get a good Jamaican ginger ale and ginger beer out here but I think they went out of business because I can't find it any more. I've nevver seen Blenheim, it probably isn't out here on the Left Coast.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 19:46:57
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 20:26:14
GuS Extra Dry Ginger Ale is a very nice crisp dry soda. It doesn't pack a big ok' punchy punch but if you add a little grate of fine ginger...it'll make you cry.

GuS is based in NYC...but sold at BevMo & Whole Foods....out that way...

http://www.drinkgus.com/who.html
post edited by CCinNJ - 2013/05/16 20:28:50
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 20:32:25
Thanks, Michael. I might just have to order some of the Blenheim's!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/16 20:33:44
I'm looking at a can of seltzer water I'm drinking now and a big piece of fresh ginger on the counter. Hmmmm, wonder if I should try making my own......
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 00:49:37
I have a 12 pack of Vernor's in my frig right now. It available here in many markets in cans, 1/2 liter and 2 liter bottles.  Red Rock from GA and the already mentioned Blenheim's (hot) have excellent 'burning tastes' But Venors holds it's own in the flavor department.
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 07:19:45
blueberryangel

Never heard that before. Must look and try.
Good stuff! I love Vernors. Agree about the Blenheim, although the "hot" is too hot for me. I just get low test. Here's a link to a great article on the history of Vernors.
 
http://drinks.seriouseats...ernors-ginger-ale.html
 
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 08:02:02
EdSails

Thanks, Michael. I might just have to order some of the Blenheim's!

Be sure to get the red cap as the yellow cap is a milder version.  
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 08:08:57
Blueberry angel
  Vernors is a Michigan based company, I think it is now part of the Schweppes family, but not sure.  we used to get it at Stater Brothers Markets in SoCal, and would see it now and then at VONS, so I know it has been available in that part of CA some years back
 
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 08:57:03
EdSails
Thanks, Michael. I might just have to order some of the Blenheim's!

 
Before you do that, check BevMo, they often have Blenheim in the mixers section.  Until a shop I know in Boston starting stocking it, I'd bring home Blenheim from some of my business trips to LA.
 
 
 
 
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 10:30:36
I used to be able to find Vernor's all over the place, now I can only find it in one store in the area. $5 for a sixer, but it's worth it to me. I mix it with Jim Beam and lemon over ice, magnificent.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 12:40:02
Mayor Al--Yes, Vernors is real easy to find these days, all the supers have it.
 
kazseta--Thanks, I have a BevMo a mile away, I'll check with them. That would be great if they have it.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 14:27:22
Seamus,
  Try the Jim Beam HoneyBourbon with Vernors...or the JD Honey...both add a new 'favor' to the Ginger Ale
SeamusD
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 14:45:35
I enjoy Devil's Cut and Red Stag, so it stands to reason I'll probably like the honey also. I'm stopping by the liquor store on my way home from work, I will be sure to look for that. Thanks for the tip!
drummagick
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 15:24:46
Well, I'll try another one now.  Strange I got cream soda yesterday.
 
And I'll keep my eye out for Blenheim!  One of our local Ace Hardware + stores
has been getting in regional root beers and ginger ales.
 
Thanks!
 
edit:  I just looked at the Blenheim link and the Ace store did have some, I recognize the bottle, but
I didn't try it.  Next time!
post edited by drummagick - 2013/05/17 15:27:02
drummagick
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 15:35:34
btw, the reason I picked up some Vernor's is because my teenage son had some tummy issues and asked for ginger ale.  I was darn tired of that Canada Dry fizzy water they call ginger ale, so I got Vernor's.  I really doubted he'd drink it, leaving most of it for me.  That 6 pack was gone the next day, he didn't even save me one.  I got after him for drinking them all and he says "Five wouldn't have done it,  I would have died if I didn't drink six."  *rolls eyes*
 
I had to go back and get another 6 pack and threaten him with death if he didn't save me two.
post edited by drummagick - 2013/05/17 15:37:24
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/17 16:07:44
BevMo has discontinued Blenheim but Total Wine and More has it in the red cap. Road trip!
drummagick
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/23 19:16:23
I picked up 2 bottles of Blenheim with the gold cap today and they are in the fridge chilling.  I was ascared to get the red capped ones. :)
drummagick
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/23 23:29:26
Well.  Stuff's got a bite.  My first two sips were "Ugh!  Way too sweet!!"
Is it real ginger in this?  I hope so, because my tummy is a bit unsettled.  I'm glad I picked this up today.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/24 10:10:18
Drummagick
  If you have the opportunity try one of the HOT ones. They are almost as 'burning' as the RED ROCK GINGER ALE from Georgia that tops my list for 'burn rffect'.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/24 15:10:09
All this talk about Vernors & Blenheim got me craving a real ginger ale.  Since I've never found any Blenheim in New England (I usually pick up a case when traveling south), I picked up a four pack of Reed's Original Ginger Brew.
 
What a mistake.  I think I'd rather have a Moxie.  Any suggestions as what to do with the other three bottles?  Would disposing of them fall under disposal of toxic waste? 
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/24 16:20:52
Capt'n Eli's out of Maine makes a nice ginger ale, as well as a variety of other sodas. Well worth picking up when the craving hits you.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/24 22:17:03
mjambro

All this talk about Vernors & Blenheim got me craving a real ginger ale.  Since I've never found any Blenheim in New England

If you find yourself in Somerville, MA, The Boston Shaker (69 Holland Street) stocks it, without too ridiculous a markup.
drummagick
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/25 15:37:44
Well, the Blenheims did help my tummy.  But I like Vernors better.  Them Blenheim seemed too sweet and 'thin' at the top.  The ginger afterbite was nice though.
post edited by drummagick - 2013/05/25 15:38:48
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/25 17:54:46
Two great drinks: Jameson Irish Whiskey and Vernors and of course The Boston Cooler. Vernors poured into a glass two thirds full and then top with good quality Vanilla Ice Cream. Make sure you add the ice cream last and do not pour the Vernors on top as it will really foam up. 
 
Side note: Never breath in when drinking a freshly poured glass of Vernors as the gas emitted will cause you to cough. 
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/26 10:04:25
I live in an area with a fairly large Hispanic population, so it's pretty easy to get decent ginger beer; or at least it used to. They've all gone to HFCS :(
 
Bart
Tristan225
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/05/29 23:25:03
Yes, it's way different. It hasn't been the same since they changed from sugar to fructose. Being from the Detroit area I've been drinking it for as long as I can remember. Mom made me drink it for upset stomach too. A Boston Cooler just ain't the same anymore! 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/02 23:36:00
Well, got a taste test getting ready to go. My current favorite which is the Reed's Jamaican Ginger ale vs. Blenheim's Red Hot Ginger Ale. Cooling in the fridge, taste test tomorrow.
 

should be interesting!
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/03 03:06:13
I look forward to your review, Ed. I do like the Blenheim 'Hot'. Haven't tried that flavor of Reed's, but see their Black Cherry nw and then.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/03 06:53:44
Two entirely different flavors.  Kind of like comparing Moxie to Sprecher's root beer or Sprite, for that matter.
 
WARNING - PROCEED CAREFULLY when downing that first swig of red cap (should be a warning on each bottle).
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/03 07:54:09
The challenge to the 'Hot' Ginger Ale is to let it 'free-flow down the throat...feeling the burning sensation build untill you can't stand it anymore. That was the 'game we played as 'young people' !!  Bubble-Up was a good-burner, Canada Dry Xtra Dry, and Cott's extra Dry had little taste but lots of 'Burn'
Blenheims has both. It , and Red Rock are two that I no longer can 'Free-flow' a 12 oz'er nonstop !
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/03 11:05:25
Let the Battale begin!
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/03 17:23:40
Well, first try at the blenheim. Yes, it is hot (red cap) but not overly so. I have a nice tingle in my mouth and a warm feeling in my throat. the taste itself is delicious. I swished one sip around in my mouth and it warmed me up nicely. I have to say, it's REALLY good!
Later on today, I'm going to do my old standby, Reed's jamaican Ginger ale and see what kind of comparison I can come up with. Blenheim's is going to be hard to beat, I have to admit. 
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/03 22:18:07

EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/07 17:05:50
Ok, I did part 2. The Reed's Jamaican Ginger ale was flavorful but didn't have the "hot bite" that the Blenheim's had. Hard to say which one I liked better overall. I loved the red hot Blenheim's but I don't know if I could drink it as often as the Reed's. 
Next step: Trying both of them with Sailor Jerry's Rum in a Dark and Stormy.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/07 18:39:50
drummagick

Well, the Blenheims did help my tummy.  But I like Vernors better.  Them Blenheim seemed too sweet and 'thin' at the top.  The ginger afterbite was nice though.

 
I also find the gold cap to be too sweet.  Oddly, both the red and yellow cap varieties reportedly have the same sugar content, but I don't notice it so much with the red cap.   Perhaps it's due to the much higher ginger content in the red cap where that sugar level seems to be in proper relation to the ginger level.
 
Neither would be an ongoing choice for me, but for me, an occasional red cap is shear delight.   I'll likely pass on any future yellow cap.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Vernors Ginger Ale 2013/06/28 16:24:33
OK, part 3 of the test. Mixed it with Sailor Jerry's Rum for a "dark and stormy". The Blenheim's Red Hot really mellowed out the rum. Made an excellent drink.