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Ginger Beer in Calgary?

johnjohnson78 Mar 12, 2012 03:35 PM

I'm wondering if anybody knows a good place to buy good ginger beer in town?

I'm throwing a party with a signature cocktail and I'm going to need a fair bit of it. Currently the only place I remember seeing it is in the tiny bottles in the international isle at Superstore.

Anybody know where I might find 2 litre bottles or at least a case of it at a reasonable price?

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    Leibowitz RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 12, 2012 06:46 PM

    The Grizzly Paw in Canmore makes their own. Sunterra carries some brand. I'm also sure I saw some the other day at Co-op Midtown.

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      nonlinear RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 12, 2012 09:39 PM

      spruce beer can refer to actual beer with alcohol, or soda pop - which are you looking for?

      If you're looking for the soda, they sell it in cans at Alberta King of Subs. Can't help with actual beer though, sorry!

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        nonlinear RE: nonlinear Mar 13, 2012 07:40 AM

        LOL, i'm sorry, how did I get "spruce beer" from "ginger beer." anyhow, i'm an idiot, sorry about that!

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        talon8 RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 13, 2012 07:01 AM

        Superstore has a store-brand version of Ginger Beer. I picked up a bottle at the Deerfoot Meadows one, mixed in with half a dozen other kinds of soda on a pallet by the Milk. They may have found a more permanent location for it... Certainly not my favourite ginger beer, but it may be sufficient for mixed drinks.

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          marcopolo RE: talon8 Mar 13, 2012 10:23 AM

          I was going to mention the PC ginger beer too! pretty much the only one i've seen in the 2L size.

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            talon8 RE: marcopolo Mar 13, 2012 01:29 PM

            Oh yeah, thanks for adding that. I forgot to mention that it was in fact a 2L bottle. I think it was listed as "Jamaican Style", if I remember correctly.

        2. DeeDub RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 13, 2012 08:19 AM

          Joycee's Caribbean Foods in Bridgeland carries the Grace brand of Ginger beer. I have also seen ginger beer at Co-op in the 'Ethnic" aisle (West Springs).

          1. Office Broccoli RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 13, 2012 10:25 AM

            Cookbook Co. Cooks has a few varieties. I am partial to Grizzly Paw though.

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              johnjohnson78 RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 14, 2012 12:22 AM

              Thanks for all the suggestions everybody....I had no idea there were so many options!

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                taiphun RE: johnjohnson78 Mar 14, 2012 11:14 AM

                Superstore and Sobeys primarily.. I do like Grizzly Paw but I prefer Crabbies' Ginger Beer brought in from the UK. Not sure who carries it in Calgary (maybe try Zyn?) but I get mine in Edmonton from Sherbrooke.

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                  KcM RE: taiphun Mar 18, 2012 04:14 PM

                  I'm not sure if they've increased their distribution, or if I'm just noticing it now after drinking it in Manchester, but I've started to see Crabbies (alcoholic ginger beer) at a lot of standard liquor stores in the city recently. (A Liquor Depot down in my neck of the woods, Deer Run, and the Crowfoot Liquor in Douglass Glen).

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                    Lingcullen RE: taiphun Mar 18, 2012 08:57 PM

                    I have found it at the liquor store beside fabutan in bridgeland..... Also they server it at the fiddlers courtyard on edmonton trail. So very yummy

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