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Mar 26, 2011 11:39 AM

barritt's ginger beer

Where can I buy Barritt's Ginger Beer in the Boston Area

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  1. Marty's in Newton regularly has Barritt's, and a ton of other brands of ginger beer. I think Martignetti's usually has it too. Saw Barritt's in bottles at the liquor store in the same block as Firefly's in Framingham a few months ago.

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      1. re: nsenada

        Stopped buying Barritt's when they moved to HFCS. I currently favor Reed's Extra Ginger (though I don't like their Original Ginger), Maine Root, and A.J. Stephan's.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I could be wrong, but I think the Barritt's in glass bottles is sweetened with cane sugar, not HFCS (the cans are HFCS). I saw the bottles at Kappy's (Wellington) a few months ago; don't know if they still have it.

      2. Here's a thread that might be helpful and hopefully isn't too out-of-date.

        1. I know your looking for Barritt's but, being a fan of ginger beer myself (Dark&Stormy, Moscow Mule), I've taken a liking to Capt'n Eli's Ginger Beer. It's made by the folk's at Shipyard Brewing in Maine. Cane sugar sweetened not HFCS. Available at Market Basket.

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          1. re: T.Clark

            I like Captain Eli's, too. Didn't like Maine Root, it was a little too "busy" with flavor for me. Just had my absolute favorite from my dwindling stockpile of discontinued Stewart's. I am going to cry when I down the last bottle.

            1. re: nsenada

              My local hangout serves a Moscow Mule using Tito's and Fentiman's from small (7oz.?) bottles. (sometimes I'm a flavorless vodka whore, sue me) The Fentiman's is really good, a bit floral, not very sweet at all. But I can't find it retail anywhere. My absolute favorite was Cock n' Bull that I bought online for stupid money. I don't like A.J at all.
              Oh they serve the mule in proper copper mugs too, can't wait for summer.

              1. re: T.Clark

                Now ya got me craving one...I did see Fentimans at Marty's last night.

          2. I actually started the other thread and ended up ordering a case(24 bottles) of the diet type. No one stocked the diet.

            1. The Boston Shaker has a variety of more unique ginger beers. I really enjoy Regatta. They use cane sugar as opposed to HFCS. Marty's would be another good option for it too.

              The Boston Shaker
              69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

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              1. re: ecwashere7

                Saw Regatta at Marty's as well - is it spicy?

                1. re: ecwashere7

                  Different strokes I guess. In my exhaustive ginger beer taste test last summer Regatta came in close to the bottom. I thought it tasted fake.

                  1. re: T.Clark

                    It's pretty mild. I like it more than Fentiman's (might be Fentiman's lack of carbonation). Have you tried Fever Tree? The best option is still making your own. I wrote a blog post about making my own ages ago. I've learned a lot since then (misinformation on Moscow Mules etc.) The recipe is still quite solid.


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                    1. re: ecwashere7

                      Geeez James where were you last summer? The siphon is a nice idea, just a bit impractical for my needs (apres boating/golf). I like the Fentiman's for it's lack of overt carbonation. I find in a mule you can taste more with less carbonation, or at least the "fine" bubbles of Fentiman's doesn't compete with it's bone dry ginger "bite". On the other hand I really liked the Cock n' Bull better for it's serious ginger/CO2 punch when used in a Dark n' Stormy (sorry Malcolm). Bummer it's not sold around here. I think the rum/lime stands out in that drink and you can get by with a more forward flavor. That said, I do stand bye my dislike of Regatta but more for you.

                      BTW, if you look on a Fentiman's bottle it says "shake before pouring", maybe that releases more CO2 and their botanicals.

                      1. re: T.Clark

                        I agree about the lack of practicality. Some people use a ginger syrup and combine it with soda water each time they need some. Not as good as going with the soda siphon, but still tasty.

                        I just picked up some Fever Tree this weekend. Haven't tried it yet, but I'll report back.