HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Vernor's Ginger Ale

h
Herne Sep 29, 2012 06:28 PM

Is there any place in the GTA I where I can buy Vernor's Ginger Ale. I believe No Frills used to sell it but not in my neighbourhood today.

If not is there any place under 100 miles from Toronto that sells it?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. y
    youdonut RE: Herne Sep 29, 2012 08:40 PM

    try the big boy stores like loblaws, fortinos, sobey's and the like, i have seen it there many a time before
    if you are really in need i know the tops market (us side) in niagara falls sells it and it falls in at about 85 miles distance from toronto :)

    1 Reply
    1. re: youdonut
      c
      caitlink RE: youdonut Sep 29, 2012 08:54 PM

      Saw it last week at highland farm kennedy and ellesmere. Sometimes at metro kennedy amc commons.

    2. e
      Etobs_Finest RE: Herne Sep 29, 2012 11:41 PM

      Soda Pop Central in Whitby.

      1. s
        Squiggles RE: Herne Sep 30, 2012 03:50 AM

        I know you're looking for bulk, but as an aside, I noticed the other day that the Caplansky food truck offered Vernor's.

        1. TorontoJo RE: Herne Sep 30, 2012 05:57 AM

          Mr. Case sells it for $6.49/12 cans. There is a delivery fee, so it's only worthwhile if you're buying a bunch of stuff.

          6 Replies
          1. re: TorontoJo
            h
            Herne RE: TorontoJo Sep 30, 2012 06:07 AM

            Thanks for the direction. I really want about 2 - 2 litre bottles to satisfy my memories of the pop from 50 years ago. I am a bit down heartened to read an old threat on Chowhound where it is suggested that it no long tastes the same. But I'll buy it if I can find it.

            As an aside I visited Holland Marsh wineries yesterday. Never heard of them but they have a nice semi sweet white wine suitable for Thanksgiving especially for non connoisseurs .

            1. re: Herne
              j
              juno RE: Herne Sep 30, 2012 08:38 AM

              The powerful gingery zing that Vernor's had decades ago - a taste I distinctly remember - has been muted quite a bit in recent years, but it's still the most gingery of the commercial ginger ales widely available. I have little trouble picking it up in 12-can packs (I don't know about the two-litre bottles that you're seeking because I never look for them in that format). Usually, though not always, easy to find at Loblaws, Metro, Longo's, Pusateri's and other largish outlets. I recall seeing the cans at the Loblaws in Bayview Village (Bayview and Sheppard) a few days ago. Also usually available by the single can in deli restaurants like Steeles Deli (Yonge and Steeles) and Moe Pancer's (Bathurst north of Wilson).

              1. re: juno
                h
                Herne RE: juno Sep 30, 2012 08:56 AM

                Well if I come across it in cans I'll buy a few--the 2 litre bottles are one hope beyond actually finding some. I plan to go to Highland Farms south of the 401 on Highway 10 this afternoon and will check them out.

                1. re: juno
                  T Long RE: juno Sep 30, 2012 11:59 AM

                  I remember Vernor's as a sweeter, more fragrant version of ginger ale. These days, I like Jamaican style ginger beer (eg Grace's) for that ginger zing in a beverage!

                  1. re: juno
                    h
                    happybaker RE: juno Sep 30, 2012 12:07 PM

                    I had the Diet Vernor's recently, and it's still pretty zingy!

                    I first had Vernor's as a kid, my Great Aunt drank it and I was appalled. I did not like the taste at all!

                    Now that I am all grown up? Vernor's rocks : )

                    1. re: happybaker
                      r
                      rubens RE: happybaker Oct 31, 2012 10:44 AM

                      Where were you able to get Vernor's Diet ginger ale in Toronto area? I was able to buy it in the States(Niagara Falls USA) .

              2. d
                Doctormhl1 RE: Herne Sep 30, 2012 01:24 PM

                I've seen Vernor's Ginger Ale for sale at Johnvince on Steeprock in North York.

                1 Reply
                1. re: Doctormhl1
                  h
                  Herne RE: Doctormhl1 Sep 30, 2012 03:01 PM

                  Got the Vernor's at the Highland Farms at Ellesmere and Kennedy. The 401 was a real mess west to the 409.

                  I still say that HF is the worst supermarket I have gone to period and today reinforced my opinion. But I got the Ginger Ale.

                2. scbeachnuts RE: Herne Sep 30, 2012 03:49 PM

                  If you are looking for that old time taste try Blenheims from South Carolina. I love Vernor's, but this is on the same level, just not barrel aged.

                  http://www.blenheimgingerale.com/abou...

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: scbeachnuts
                    h
                    Herne RE: scbeachnuts Sep 30, 2012 04:44 PM

                    I'll give it try. Where can I buy it in the GTA?

                  2. p
                    pakmode RE: Herne Oct 1, 2012 07:59 AM

                    I bought a 12-pack at the Metro in Eglinton Town Square, at Vic Park and Eglinton, this past summer. Not sure if they have, worth calling around to some of the stores people have suggested to see if they have it.

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: pakmode
                      h
                      Herne RE: pakmode Oct 1, 2012 12:05 PM

                      Hi pakmode. Are you talking about Vernor's or Blenheims??

                      1. re: Herne
                        p
                        pakmode RE: Herne Oct 1, 2012 12:24 PM

                        Vernor's. When I replied to your original post it placed my post at the bottom.

                        1. re: pakmode
                          h
                          Herne RE: pakmode Oct 1, 2012 12:42 PM

                          OK thanks. I got some Vernor's at the Highland Farms on Ellesmere on Sunday.

                    2. c
                      cadylee RE: Herne Oct 2, 2012 01:59 AM

                      The Zellers at Birchmount and Eglinton had cases of it on sale last week.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: cadylee
                        d
                        Dean Tudor RE: cadylee Nov 1, 2012 04:56 PM

                        Vernors=== not as dry as yesteryear --- was bought at Metro, St Lawrence Mkt area.

                      2. j
                        Jar RE: Herne Dec 1, 2012 01:10 PM

                        If you want zing, many Bulk Barns carry bottles of Reed's Extra Ginger Brew in their frig, about $1.60 a bottle and it is great!!!

                        1. TorontoTips RE: Herne Dec 3, 2012 09:39 PM

                          Long's (York Mills & Bayview) always has 2L bottles and 12-pack cans of Vernors, and yes I agree, its been tamed down a lot, but I still love it. :-)
                          ALSO, Burger Shack (Eglinton & Avenue Rd.) also always has cold single cans to purchase with your late-night homeburger & fresh-cut fries :-)

                          1. f
                            FrankD RE: Herne Dec 3, 2012 09:56 PM

                            A golf course in Windsor, where Vernor's is easily available makes a drink that is half Vernor's, and half commercial chocolate milk. You have to pour it very slowly, as it fizzes up a great deal, but if they're both quite cold, it is a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day at the turn.

                            1. k
                              kbdid RE: Herne Feb 2, 2013 12:13 PM

                              Has anyone seen this in the west end of the city?

                              From Windsor....Vernor's was the go to pop in our household.

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: kbdid
                                p
                                pakmode RE: kbdid Feb 4, 2013 12:18 PM

                                Yea, I saw it this weekend at Superstore at Weston/401. It's on sale for $2.88 a case

                              2. b
                                bbbradk RE: Herne Feb 3, 2013 08:22 AM

                                I saw 12 packs at Sobey's on Morningside (Vernors)

                                1 Reply
                                1. re: bbbradk
                                  y
                                  youdonut RE: bbbradk Feb 3, 2013 09:27 AM

                                  thats the EAST end

                                2. g
                                  GGTO2 RE: Herne Dec 27, 2013 04:16 PM

                                  Sadly, Loblaws @ St.Clair/Bathurst and Dupont are discontinuing Vernor's Ginger Ale

                                  Show Hidden Posts