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Jan 31, 2013 03:47 PM

Locally produced Ginger Ale in San Diego?

Any place making their own Ginger Ale? And not just serving stuff out of a bottle or (gasp!) a can?

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  1. Top Chef plugs getting to you? ;-)

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    1. re: keena

      No, a coworker.

      (And, ironically, I haven't been really watching TC this season.)

      1. re: keena

        I'll get railed for this, but PF Changs makes their own ginger ale and it's quite delicious. And it is made to order.

        1. re: Dagney

          That's interesting to know. Thanks.

      2. I hope you get lots of replies. As a child I have very fond memories of visiting relatives in Michigan and having freshly made, "real" ginger ale at the Vernor's plant...That was a long time ago.

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        1. re: wrldtrvl

          I grew up within walking distance of the bottling plant. School trips to the assembly lines there (and many other Detroit/Michigan area assembly lines) were normal. Vernor's is the only ginger ale. It was a treat then and because it's more expensive than other beverages, is a treat now.

        2. I haven't had it, but I *think* Local Habit makes their own? I know their kombucha is made in-house.

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          1. When I was in Rotterdam they had very fresh locally made ginger ale both non-alcoholic (like in the US) as well as real ginger beer. It was a nice change of pace and several of the restaurants used both kinds in several mixed drinks which were quite good.

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            1. re: oerdin

              First it was Berlin, then it was Montebello, now it looks like we'll have to put another stamp in the passport in search of good food <sigh> ;-)

            2. I grew up in north northern Indiana (like right on the Michigan border), and what I'm about to say will be sacrilegious. Vernor's is overrated. Is it decent? Sure. Is it exceptional? No. It isn't all that much better than Canada Dry, IMHO.

              So there.

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              1. re: RB Hound

                I may just be quite a bit older than you. I agree that the current Vernor's is a shadow of its former self. I personally still think it has more flavor than Canada Dry. However, in the really old days the bottled Vernors, back before it was distributed across the nation and was definitely diluted, was very good indeed. Imay be wrong, but I think it is bottled by Coca-Cola now days. I miss the original version.

                1. re: wrldtrvl

                  Yes, RBHound, you are being sacreligious. But you probably did not grow up with it being the only pop (other than Red Pop, Orange or Rock n Rye, all made by Faygo) in your home.

                  Vernors was a strong flavored multi-tasker. Mom would heat it and add honey and we would sip it when we had colds, or when it was just cold out. It was poured over vanilla ice cream to make a "Boston Cooler" in the summer. Drinking it chilled was a special treat when we'd go for Coney Islands, on Michigan Avenue just down the street from Briggs/Tiger Stadium. The flavor now is similar, but a watered down version of what I remember.

                  It's owned and bottled by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group now.

                  1. re: Cathy

                    How about some good Birch Beer.