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VERNOR'S.....say it isn't so!

pearlD Mar 22, 2009 11:50 AM

Have been away for the winter and on my return on March 1st I have been told by Shopper's and Metro that the wonderful gingerale of my youth VERNOR'S is no longer available in Ontario......I couldn't find it in Loblaws either...Anyone know if this is true or simply not available 'now' (this did happen a few years back)...Who knows what's up??

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    Dean Tudor RE: pearlD Mar 22, 2009 12:22 PM

    Well, it does not taste as good as I remember it from over 50 years ago...it now tastes too sweet. But then, that's probably just me...

    I have two cans left in my fridge.

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      juno RE: Dean Tudor Mar 22, 2009 12:34 PM

      Like Dean Tudor, I also find Vernor's lacks the gingery up-your-nose zing of when I was young and foolish. Still, it's the most gingery of the commercial ginger ales still available. And, from what I can see, it IS still available. Caplansky's Deli, I noted yesterday, has a ready supply in its cooler. And there were 12-can cartons of it stacked by the checkout at Pusateri's on Avenue Road last time I was there, albeit - as with everything else at that location - at a premium price.

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        Rexton RE: juno Nov 15, 2009 05:05 AM

        Juno, my apologies. I thanked Dean instead of you. I'm enjoying it so much! Thx!!

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        Rexton RE: Dean Tudor Nov 12, 2009 05:16 PM

        Thx Dean. I just picked up a 12 pack of Vernors for $5.99..Pusateri's Avenue Rd just north of Lawrence, east side by Car wash

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        embee RE: pearlD Mar 22, 2009 12:31 PM

        I know that diet Vernor's disappeared last year. I still see regular Vernor's around, but Vernor's hasn't tasted anything like Vernor's used to taste for many years now. It's flatter, sweeter, lacks bite, and has little ginger taste. The same thing was done to Canada Dry some years ago.

        Dean Tudor, it isn't you!

        I now use Aunt May's ginger syrup in seltzer for my fix. I wish Blenheim ginger ale (from South Carolina) was sold here.

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          grandgourmand RE: embee Mar 22, 2009 12:46 PM

          How does the 'old fashioned' stuff compare to ginger beers from the Caribbean? They have a good taste of ginger.

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            embee RE: grandgourmand Mar 22, 2009 12:53 PM

            Vernor's used to be the most gingery ginger ale available here. The Caribbean ginger beers (at least most of them) always have been stronger and remain so. Oddly, though, some Caribbean brands use artificial flavour.

            Old Tyme was very nice, though I haven't had it in a few years. The last bottle I recall was bottled in New Jersey...

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              Atahualpa RE: embee Mar 23, 2009 10:01 AM

              Old Tyme is still very nice. It is my personal "on the drive home" treat after doing my shopping at Loblaws (Q. Quay).

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          paulcol RE: pearlD Mar 22, 2009 12:59 PM

          I saw cases of Vernor's at Sobey's in Pickering yesterday.

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            pearlD RE: paulcol Mar 22, 2009 01:21 PM

            Hey thanks everyone...I don't remember Vernor's as being 'that' gingery either way back when or for that matter now..but that's actually why I like it...I've just come back from the winter in JA and they do have a 'local' gingerale made by D&G (yah, the same people Desmond & Geddoes who make(?)just about everything on the Island like Rum and many flavours of pop(soda) If you like a strong ginger taste you could try some of the D&G stuff ,probably will find it in most Jamaican stores around town..I find it too strong a taste for me.
            Yes, Vernors is on the 'sweet' side but I am really a BIG fan and it's what I crave when drinking Gingerale plus it's what I grew up with...my relatives lived in Detroit when I was growing up and my Parents never came back to Toronto without the car being loaded down with Vernor's...the US relatives visited Toronto and always took back Crown Royal by the case! Fair enough eh!!!

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              jayt90 RE: pearlD Jun 19, 2009 03:55 PM

              In my formative years in S.W. Ont., Vernor's was bottled in Chatham and shipped to stores and diners from London to Windsor.
              When my family visited Detroit, the treat to bring back was Peter Paul's Mounds, or Almond Joy.

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                Dean Tudor RE: jayt90 Jun 19, 2009 06:28 PM

                I remember drinking a lot of it in SW Ont during the nineteen fifties, in Drayton, Harriston, Arthur, at gas stations, on the way to Detroit to see family. I had no idea that there was a local bottling plant. And that made sense.

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            MarkhamDee RE: pearlD Mar 23, 2009 08:14 PM

            I don't know if it is, but the Vernor's brand is apparently owned by Dr Pepper (see http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/b...) - you could try checking with their consumer relations department.

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              jack_sprat_ca RE: pearlD Mar 24, 2009 10:13 PM

              have bought Verners here last summer..........they have a real variety of sodas. Out of the way for public transit users, but they had loads.


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                paulcol RE: jack_sprat_ca Jun 19, 2009 02:12 PM

                thanks for the heads up on this place. I just came from there, bought some Grape Nehi, and some different Root Beers.

                Prices are less than I thought, about 2 bucks a bottle.

              2. sylvrgirl RE: pearlD Mar 26, 2009 02:00 PM

                Just saw a decent supply at the Church & King Metro earlier today.

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                  juno RE: sylvrgirl Mar 27, 2009 07:16 AM

                  Saw cartons of Vernor's yesterday at John Vince's on Steeprock Road.

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                    Dflip RE: juno Jun 19, 2009 07:24 PM

                    WalMart in Pickering and Independent Grocer (Dixie and Finch - Pickering)

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                      pearlD RE: Dflip Nov 13, 2009 08:08 AM

                      Regular VERNOR'S now seems to be available lots of places from Shopper's to Loblaws to Metro.....BUT I think they have stopped making "DIET" Vernor's..Anyone laid eyes on the 'diet' Vernor's lately.............????

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                        caitlink RE: pearlD Nov 14, 2009 01:30 PM

                        I can usually find them at Metro - the one i go to is Kennedy and 401.

                        Still think ginger beer is stronger and tastes better though.

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                          domesticgodess RE: caitlink Nov 16, 2009 03:09 PM

                          Saw it today at Sherwood Market on Mt Pleasant north of eglinton.

                          Sherwood Market
                          1054 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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                  jumikja1 RE: pearlD May 1, 2014 08:51 PM

                  I saw both regular and diet on Walmart.com

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                    youdonut RE: jumikja1 May 2, 2014 05:26 AM

                    walmart.com is for the US kinda useless in Canada

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                      msprnt RE: jumikja1 May 2, 2014 10:55 AM

                      interestingly enough, i have a can at my desk right now. it came with the work lunch (of sandwiches). i haven't tried it yet, but grabbed it because i've never seen it ever before

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