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Ginger Beer in Maine- Stewarts, Goslings or Barritts

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Ok, following a great trip to Bermuda for my 40th a couple of years ago, I have become addicted to Dark -n- Stormy's. I have been able to get Stewarts Ginger Beer (IMHO the most spicy) at the Hannafords, but now I find out that Dr. Pepper (the current owners) have discontinued it! The Bastages!

Anyway I like Maine Root, but I can't seem to find anything that rivals the spiciness of Stewarts. I have heard that Goslings is marketing their own thru Polar, but have yet to see any available.

Ok Chowhounds, any recomendations or locations?

Please don't suggest Reeds as I think it tastes like a weird syrup.

The SaltPig

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  1. I also love a good dark and stormy. The only bar in Harvard Square that makes them uses Barritt's. I've found it in liquor stores here in MA. So maybe it can be found in Maine as well..I googled Barritts and here is the contact info:For information on your closest source please contact:
    Paul Imbesi at North American Beverages
    (609) 399 – 1486 or barrittsgingerbeer@gmail.com. Hope this helps..

    1. In the Hispanic food section is a ginger beer by Goya that is extremely spicy. And significantly less expensive than many of the other alternatives. I personally would love to have Barritts available, though.

      1. Should you see Bundaberg, from NE Australia, wonderful one, short squat bottle with brown yellow label.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Bundaberg is a good choice - and more well known than my favourite Australian GB which is Saxby's. Either of these would make a great choice.

        2. Cap'n Eli's ginger beer is available at Hannaford. I think it makes a good D&S. Their website lists store locations, http://www.captneli.com/rootbeer.php

          1. I tried some Goslings GB the other day and was not impressed at all. It is very weak tasting and perhaps one of the worst ginger beers I've had. Of course, when mixed up as a D&S - it might function just fine.

            YMMV

            PS: I don't know what Reed's is bottling but I'm not convinced its GB... = )

            1. If you are ever down in CT - pick up some Hosmer Mountain Ginger Beer. That is probably the spiciest GB that I know of. It is a great hot-weather slow-sipping delight. Once again though - not sure how it does in a D&S. Might be a little too heavy for that.

              1. We have done extensive tasting of ginger beers (and ales) for cocktails, and after tasting everything available in the US, our favorites are: Fentiman's, Maine Root, and Reed's Extra Ginger (ONLY that variety, not the premium or the regular). These three are different, so it depends on the cocktail you're making in terms of what you'd want to use. Fentiman's (English) may not be so easy to find, but get some if you see it--very complex, spicy and delicious. Maine Root is sweeter and less complex. We know you said you hate Reed's, but you may want to try the Extra Ginger variety if you haven't already--it is very spicy and very effective in cocktails. We too dislike the other varieties. Good luck!

                1. Stop and Shop's in Massachusetts carry Goslings, Regatta, and Goya Ginger Beers. Goya is actually pretty good and definitely the most spicy of the 3. They had it available in 2 liter size and individual bottles this week. Might want to call the store you plan on visiting first, as not all of them stock the same items.

                  Some Shaws or Hannaford's might also carry Goya.