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May 8, 2009 09:33 AM

Bundaberg Ginger Beer in MSP?

With the closing of Cost Plus World Market in the Twin Cities, my only known source of Bundaberg's Ginger Beer has disappeared.

Does anyone know of another source? Or a Ginger Beer that's equivalent to Bundaberg's that does't cost an arm and a leg like Old Tyme?

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  1. First Grand Ave Liquors down on grand and milton stocks Barritt's Bermudian ginger beer, which is my preferred mixer w/ Goslings for a Dark and Stormy. Not sure of the price or its suitability.

    And for a more widely available option, have you considered Reeds? Its jamaican and comes in a couple of strengths (the extra ginger brew is great, but i know some who find it too strong)

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    1. re: tex.s.toast

      Grand Ave Liquors is in my neighborhood, so I'll check into that one. Thanks for the tip.

      I've not been impressed with any of Reed's ginger sodas. Even the extra ginger brew pales in comparison to the spicy, burn the back of the throat, fizz up the nose quality of the Australian Bundaberg.

      1. re: mmm789

        Right now, the best easily available and reasonably priced ginger beer in the Twin Cities is ... Archer Farms. At SuperTarget. Yes, I'm serious. It's about $4 for a 4-pack and has a respectable kick. It's not as impressive as Old Tyme or Cock & Bull, but those aren't available around here any more. I would say it's comparable to Stewart's (which you also can't find in MN these days). Definitely superior to Reed's.

        1. re: Jordan

          I tried the Archer Farrns (from a regular Target, near the "Energy" drinks), and though it is gingery it doesn't cut it. No warming of the throat and a little too sweet. It'd probably be great mixed with a tart limeade but on its own I find it lacking.

          My next try will be Izzy's since i can try a single bottle from Whole Foods. I like Izzy's grapefruit soda; a very strong grapefruit flavor. I'm hoping Izzy's doesn't shy away from that delightful burn one gets from a true ginger beer.

          Though Stewarts Ginger Beer is way too sweet, at least it has the kick of a good ginger beer. Sadly, though other Stewart's flavors are on the shelf I don't see any of their ginger beer.

          1. re: MplsM ary

            Well, yes. My point was that Archer Farms is probably the best available IN THE TWIN CITIES. I prefer Stewart's and, even better, Cock & Bull. I had the pleasure of grabbing a bottle of C&B when I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. But I can't buy those here.

            On to another product -- Chicago's Goose Island Brewery is now selling what they call "Spicy Ginger Soda." I found a four-pack of this on sale for $3.69 at Kowalski's. I've tried one bottle and I'm undecided about it. It's not a traditional ginger beer, but there's an interesting mix of flavors there.

            1. re: MplsM ary

              I bought a 4 pack of Izze Ginger soda and it's good but it's no substitute for real ginger beer. It is more akin to ginger ale. The flavor is good; bright and gingery. And it's very bubbly which I like. Still, the search for ginger beer in the Twin Cities continues.

              1. re: MplsM ary

                I also tried the Izze soda. It's interesting. I'm not sure if I like it. It is indeed highly carbonated, and the flavor is quite light. It's not very sweet, and while there's a ginger taste, there are other herbal notes as well, although no real kick or sense of strong spice. My overall impression is that it's a bit medicine-y. Definitely not ginger beer, not exactly ginger ale, either.

      2. Hmmm... Archer Farms... I'll try that one. I also read somewhere that Goya (Mexican Soda) makes a decent ginger beer, and it's available at many Cub and Rainbow stores.

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        1. re: mmm789

          I know it is technically called ginger ale, but Sprecher makes a spicy brew that I use to garnish my occasional bourbon rocks. Good sweet/spicy play.. I get mine at Kowalski's. I assume it would be at any Lund's and I have seen it at Byerly's too...

          1. re: mitch cumstein

            They sell Sprechers at Menards on University Ave in St. Paul.


        2. Has anyone considered 'asking' a nicer/more interesting liquor store such as Surdyks or France 44 (I know this really isn't beer) to carry it?

          Maybe its just a distributor thing?

          1. Trader Joe's sells Ginger Beer but I can't recall the brand name of it.

            1. Success!! Goya Ginger Beer! I found it at the Rainbow Foods on University Ave in Saint Paul. It was with the other sodas in the ethnic food section. Cheap too-- less than $2 for a 2 liter bottle. Other Rainbow foods might carry it too.

              The first sip I took made me sneeze! That's the fizzy spiciness I wanted--exactly what I'm looking for. It does contain HFCS, but really nowadays, what doesn't?