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Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Sarsaparilla.

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Jakubo Sep 22, 2006 05:19 PM

Where's the best of each? Beach Chalet brews there own ginger and root beer and they are just OK. The supermarket across the street (are you in the know?) sells some good, strong ginger ale with a penguin on the lable. I'm especially interested in any local brew pub doing their own versions of these oft overlooked beverages. Also, if anyone has tried to brew their own, I'd be interested in stories / tips.

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  1. rworange RE: Jakubo Sep 22, 2006 06:01 PM

    NOT the ginger ale at Elite Cafe. I hear that Canteen has good ginger ale and I've been meaning to go there. Yum on market carries more unusual bottled sodas.

    You will get a slew more information on how to make your own on the Home Cooking board. I started a topic there for you.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      mchan02 RE: Jakubo Sep 22, 2006 06:15 PM

      i just found this:
      http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives...

      it's someone's own take on Canteen's recipe.

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        Maya RE: Jakubo Sep 22, 2006 08:31 PM

        Magnolia also brews its own root beer.

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          chocolatetartguy RE: Jakubo Sep 22, 2006 10:37 PM

          Are you forgetting birch beer?

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            Jakubo RE: chocolatetartguy Sep 22, 2006 11:53 PM

            I'd like to here about all fizzy root drinks. Including Dandelion and Burdock.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelio...

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            Grubbjunkie RE: Jakubo Sep 23, 2006 12:10 AM

            Haven't been in quite a while but King Jamaica on Fulton near Divisadero makes (or used to make) the best ginger beer in the city.

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              Melanie Wong RE: Grubbjunkie Sep 23, 2006 01:13 AM

              King Jamaica closed long ago.

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              mattboy RE: Jakubo Sep 23, 2006 12:56 AM

              If your in downtown oakland try Pacific Coast Brewing Company. In addition to really wonderful beers they brew an excellent root beer (and i think ginger ale). They also have decent pub-ish food.

              1. Cynsa RE: Jakubo Sep 23, 2006 02:59 AM

                Kezar Pub on Stanyan St. has root beer on tap...pricey but worth every drop.

                1. The Chowhound Team RE: Jakubo Sep 23, 2006 03:26 AM

                  PLease keep this board focused on where to find products in the Bay Area. For tips on brewing, we recommend posting on the thread started on the Home Cooking board at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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