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Ginger beer

jgg13 May 11, 2008 09:19 PM

Anyone know where I can find ginger beer (the alcoholic kind, not the plain ole soft drink kind)? If I took a trek to say charles st liquor or downtown spirits, would thye have that sort of thing?

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    LStaff RE: jgg13 May 12, 2008 01:54 PM

    Atlantic Brewing in Bar Harbor makes a beer with ginger - email them to see what retailers carry it. aleman52@adelphia.net

    Or you can make some calls to the usual suspects like charles st, downtown, marty's, bauer, etc to see if they have it in stock before heading out.

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      drbangha RE: LStaff May 12, 2008 03:12 PM

      Please let us know your results. I never knew Ginger Beer to be alcoholic and I have drunk quite a lot of it.

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        PaulB RE: LStaff May 12, 2008 04:59 PM

        That is a good suggestion. There seem to be few alcoholic ginger beers, many of them brewpub on premise offerings, bet Atlantic is one of the few packaging breweries avail in MA with this style. I prefer the non alcohol versions, Goya or home made at a Carribean restaurant.

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          LStaff RE: PaulB May 13, 2008 09:58 AM

          Most microbrewed/brewpub beers with ginger go the subtle route. I inquired about the Ginger beer with the owner of Atlantic a few summers ago and he told me that when they first started making it, it was packed full of ginger like jamaican ginger beer, and even though the people at the brewery loved it, it just didn't sell that well so they had to cut back on the ginger profile.

          Ordered a ginger flavored beer at a PF Changs in Louisville, KY once and the waiter was trying to sway me away from it saying most people return it because the ginger was too intense. I liked it and inquired about who made it for them, but the waiter didn't have a clue and seemed unwilling to find out for me.

          I love the Ginger Ale soda at the People's Pint, would be cool if they made an alcoholic version.

          When I run out of reasonably priced hops, this is something I will try to brew myself.

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            jgg13 RE: LStaff May 13, 2008 10:07 AM

            I emailed the guy @ atlantic but haven't heard back yet.

            I liked the ginger beer @ PF Changs, the gf anymore. Speaking of whom, she's the one who is hot on the trail of said ginger beer (i should make her hunt it down!), at PFC and another place she had alcoholic ginger beer and now won't stop talking about trying to find a store that sells it.

            Apparently my offer to pour ethanol into normal ginger beer wasn't good enough ;)

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              PaulB RE: jgg13 May 13, 2008 04:55 PM

              Just remembered a beer that might be available, Left Hand (CO) Juju Ginger. Ask for it at any decent beer store (Bauer, Wine Gallery, Liquor World, possibly Kappys) as I know the brand is distributed in MA.

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                jgg13 RE: PaulB May 13, 2008 08:00 PM

                Ah! It turns out that this is the brand that set the gf on her quest. Why I wasn't told this at the start, I don't know. Now I put it in her hands :)

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                  drbangha RE: PaulB May 18, 2008 09:15 AM

                  Kappy's, Wine Gallery, Liqour World and Bauer's do not have it. Any other suggestions?

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                    almansa RE: drbangha May 18, 2008 10:26 AM

                    For every 12 ounces of ginger beer, add a shot of vodka.

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          k206 RE: jgg13 May 12, 2008 03:55 PM

          They always have it at Supreme Liquors in Central Square...

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            jgg13 RE: k206 May 12, 2008 04:35 PM

            Really? Where? I've only seen the non-alcoholic kind, in the front.

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              drbangha RE: jgg13 May 18, 2008 09:10 AM

              Just called Supreme and they do not carry it.

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            wags RE: jgg13 May 17, 2008 07:59 AM

            I've seen them serve alcoholic ginger beer on occasion at both Publick House and Matt Murphy's in Brookline

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              bostongal RE: jgg13 May 17, 2008 08:54 PM

              I've seen it at Trader Joe's

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                Biba RE: jgg13 May 18, 2008 04:48 PM

                Traditionally, ginger beer is not alcholic although some jamaicans will spike it with some overproof white rum! But it sounds like you are looking for beer that is made with Ginger.

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                  02138Mike RE: jgg13 May 19, 2008 09:41 PM

                  I had a Dark-and-Stormy at Upstairs on the square last summer with house-made ginger beer. It was out of this world!

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