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Source for Barritt's Ginger Beer. South Bay/Los Gatos

lgphil Aug 19, 2008 01:22 PM

A friend has a hankering for an 'original' dark and stormy. Gosling's rum and Barritt's ginger beer. I have the rum. Does anyone know where to get the ginger beer?

I found a place on line, but it was going to be over $2 a can with shipping, and a 24 can minumum. Hopefully I can do better if I find a local place that has it.

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    P. Punko Aug 19, 2008 06:15 PM

    I'm sorry I can't help, but if you've had the different varieties of Reed's Ginger Brew, how might those compare to Barritt's? Barritt's (according to Bevnet) is supposed to be great, but they also have highly reviewed Reed's (which I like quite a bit).

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    1. re: P. Punko
      lgphil Aug 20, 2008 04:00 PM

      Thanks. I will try the Reed's. I am not really familiar enough with either to say what the flavor difference will be, but it's worth a try. I will have the official Jamaican give us a report when we try it.

      1. re: lgphil
        P. Punko Aug 21, 2008 01:53 AM

        That's great- I look forward to it- BevNet has some tasting reviews- Reed's has three main varieties: "Extra"- supposedly stronger ginger and is labeled "Ginger Beer", Original (labeled "Ginger Ale") has the same flavorings, but less ginger, and Premium (labeled "Ginger Ale" as well), which is sweetened only with honey and pineapple, as opposed to any other sugars found in the other versions. I've had them all, and the differences are slight but noticeable.

        1. re: P. Punko
          Athena Aug 21, 2008 02:02 AM

          Barrit's have hooked up with Gosling's for overseas distribution of their ginger beer - e-mail bruce@barritts.bm with your zip code and state and he'll let you know if it's available in your area.

          1. re: Athena
            jeauxb Jan 26, 2010 07:37 AM

            Golsling's and Barritt's had a falling-out, and now Gosling's has teamed-up with Polar Beverages to make their own Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer. It's widely available in New England (where Polar is based), and is quite good.


      2. re: P. Punko
        bluewire Mar 6, 2009 09:08 PM

        I would avoid the Reed's Ginger Beer. I found it here in SF at Trader Joe's and tried a Dark 'n' Stormy - complete failure. The taste is just wrong. I found this article which explains what I discovered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_%27...). Apparently Reed's is too spicy, and not citrus'y enough.

        1. re: bluewire
          melisky Mar 7, 2009 11:42 AM

          You may wish to try Cock 'N Bull Ginger Beer, which can be found at the Big Apple Discount market on Polk between Sacramento & Clay -- I think it's $1.49 a bottle (online it's $2.25 a bottle). I have seen it at different liquor stores around town. It's a lot less spicy than Reed's (although I like the Extra Spicy, even if it a bit heavy on the sugar) and strong....perfect for mixed drinks. Big Apple also has a wide selection of ginger beers/ales to choose from.

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        sfbing Mar 6, 2009 10:38 PM

        I don't know how well it will work, but local BevMos have Bundaberg Ginger Beer which is pretty tasty.

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          ThorLoki Jul 14, 2010 07:43 PM

          I found Barritts on closeout at my local grocery in San Diego. Apparently, the Goslings folks were not specific that the Ginger Beer was to be sold as part of a promotion. The grocery store had 6-packs for $1.99. I bought it because it was so inexpensive...and imagine my surprise when I did an internet search and found it to cost $2 for 12 ounces.

          DG Jamaican Ginger Beer is better, in my opinion, than Barritts. The folks at Barritts have partnered with a company on the east coast who tried but failed at making Barritts here in the US.

          I get my DG Ginger Beer in Albuquerque, NM. It is at a store called Ta Lin on Central SE and Louisiana. I have not found Barritts or DG again anywhere in California.

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