Where to find ginger beer?
OK, I don't know how I've lived this long without discovering ginger beer, but now that I have, I'm in love! Anyone have recommendations on where to find good, spicy ginger beer? I'm open to both bars/restaurants as well as grocery stores, so I can enjoy it out and at home. Anyone have brands that you recommend that have nice heat from the ginger? I've only tried Fever Tree so far (which I ordered off the Internet), and now I'm on a quest to discover my favorite. Thanks!
Whole Foods typically has a decent selection.
I like Fentimen's and Bruce Cost. Here's where to find Bruce Cost:
Also the high end cocktail lounges like Pegu Club, Milk & Honey, etc. make their own ginger beer (non-carbonated).
77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Milk and Honey
134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
Tried the Bruce Cost ginger beer last month at Jack's Stir Brew near the seaport. (I'm a fan of Cost's cookbooks and enjoyed a meal or two at a long-closed restaurant of his in San Francisco.)
Nice quaff! Robust hit of ginger, with lots of rooty sediment in the bottle. A tad sweet for my taste, but I always say that. (It may have even forestalled a cold. But I succumbed anyway a few days later.)
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
222 Front St, New York, NY 10038
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Yes, I found the Bruce Cost at Gourmet Garage and gave it a try last night. It's come the closest so far to the heat and spiciness of Fever Tree. Also found Regatta there, but only in the diet version, so I passed. As info, the Gourmet Garage folks told me they no longer carry the regular Regatta, only diet.
I'll keep on the quest to find and sample all your suggestions!
Not sure where you live, but two surefire bets for finding ginger beer are 1) groceries that cater to Caribbean/West Indian clienteles and 2) liquor stores that sell Gosling's Rum, which along with ginger beer is the basis for "Dark and Stormy's." As for brands, some like Reed's, though I find it too weak and sugary. Reed's does market an Extra Ginger version, which is sufficiently gingery but still inferior, in my opinion, to the products of Caribbean-based distillers. One such is Desnoes and Geddes "Old Jamaica." For the purpose of mixing Dark and Stormy's, some purists insist that a Bermudan rum should be paired with a Bermudan ginger beer. Barritt's has been the standard but is now hard to find. Goslings now markets its own brand of ginger beer, purportedly identical to Barritt's, but not all agree. Any of the above, with the possible exception of Reed's, should give satisfaction.
Luscombe's Hot Ginger Beer available at Dean & Deluca is by far the best I've ever had.
Dean & DeLuca
1 Rockefeller Plz, New York, NY 10020
In Brooklyn Caribbean restaurants / food stores often sell their home made versions. Probably the same in Manhattan. On Governors Island a few years ago there was a Caribbean food cart that sold homemade beverages.