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Sep 10, 2008 12:31 PM

Where to buy ginger beer?

I'm putting together a "dark and stormy" basket for a gift and I'm having trouble finding ginger beer! I just moved to the area, so I'm not sure where to look. Recommendations?

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  1. Trader Joe's, Whole Wallet, Shoppers Food Warehouse.

    1. whole foods has "reeds" ginger beer which is the best

      1. World Market usually has a few options.

        1. Minger's suggestion of Shopper's Food Warehouse is probably the most likely to be near you.

          But if you don't have a Shopper's, look at West African markets. I know that Julie's International Market in Elkridge carries ginger beer. I think that Accra Foods in Laurel may as well. Those are Howard County, but you may have West African markets near you.

          This is a link to addresses for Julie's and Accra:

          1. Reed's ginger beer is awesome. Along with the classic stuff, it comes in a few flavors, including extra ginger and cherry ginger, which is really can get it at whole foods for sure...maybe trader joes....hit it don't quit it

            (they also make delicious ginger ice cream, although it is kind of hard to come by)

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            1. re: homesmax

              I just had Gosling's Ginger Beer and it knocked Reed's out of the ballpark. Now, other than Bermuda, where can I find Gosling Ginger Beer?

              Ginger beer can also be found at Apple (or Red Apple) Market in Langley, MD near College Park.

              1. re: Puller9

                Gosling is sold by the MoCo liquor store near me (in one of those odd quirks, I think they aren't allowed to sell most mixers, but since Gosling primarily sells rum they are allowed to sell the ginger beer too). The Giant near me also has it.

                Last summer I found Barritts at the small Brookeville Supermarket in Chevy Chase but I don't shop there regularly so I don't know if they always carry it.

                Barritts is a little better than Goslings, but either is much better than Reeds.

                1. re: Doh

                  Ditto for finding Goslings in the Virginia ABC stores.

                  Our friends swear by Goya Ginger Beer which is really cheap and available at Giant stores in the international aisles. Drinking the soda straight, it definitely had a strong ginger bite and made a perfectly acceptable Dark and Stormy.

                  I use Goslings, but I add grated fresh ginger. I buy a piece of ginger root, peel it, and then, grate it on a very fine micro plane. I do this by instinct but I'd say I rub the ginger root back and forth about six time times. When I scoop the grated ginger pulp off the underside of the micro plane, I'm probably adding about 1/2 teaspoon of ginger. My husband and I definitely like the addition of the fresh ginger! This gets close to the version at RIS which I think has no equal!

                  1. re: Indy 67

                    Gosling's is at Premium Liquor on 9th by the Convention Center.

                    1. re: Indy 67

                      You should try a Dark and Stormy with some homemade ginger beer

                      1. re: agarnett100

                        Happy to do so! Do you have a great recipe you'd care to share?

                        1. re: Indy 67

                          I finely chop a good-sized gnob of ginger. Say a cup. Throw it in a pan with an equal amount of sugar if you like it sweet and less if you want it more spicy. Top off with a good deal of water, then simmer it down until it's syrupy. Keep tasting so you can get it to the right stage. Pour some in a glass and top off with club soda.

                  2. re: Puller9

                    They sell Goslings and Barritts at Wegmans in Frederick.