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Ginger Beer

getgot211 May 3, 2013 04:55 PM

I know there has been some threads in the past but search wasn't helping me much. Where can I readily find some good ginger beer?

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  1. Jordan RE: getgot211 May 3, 2013 06:27 PM

    I think that's pretty difficult right now. The good brands are either out of business or no longer sell in the Twin Cities. (I'm thinking of Old Tyme Jamaican Style, Cock & Bull, and Stewart's.) Even Target has stopped making their Archer Farms ginger beer, which was pretty passable. Cost Plus World Market used to occasionally carry Bundaberg ginger beer from Australia. You could check with them.

    There may be some locally-brewed options just sold at restaurants. Off the top of my head, Big Bowl makes their own, and it's not bad. I think there may be a few other places that do craft cocktails and make their own ginger beer, but I can't tell you which ones offhand.

    Good luck and report back!

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      baa RE: Jordan Jun 29, 2013 09:19 PM

      I saw today that they carry Cock & Bull at Clancey's in Linden Hills.

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      thefunkytrout RE: getgot211 May 3, 2013 10:04 PM

      I think the "ginger runner" that Tilia makes is awesome. A server described how they prep the mix to me once - lots of ginger and lime involved, plus some tamarind and other stuff. My personal favorite.

      As for stuff in a bottle, Goose Island makes a decent one (I've seen it at Byerly's). Also, if you can find it, Glewwe Castle makes some great ginger beer as well as ginger ale. Definitely satisfying if you're craving really intense ginger flavor. They're friendly folks, and you can either set up a visit of their operation in Prior Lake or look for them at some farmer's markets: http://www.glewwe-castle.com/sales/in...

      Good luck!

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        Enso RE: thefunkytrout Jul 1, 2013 04:30 AM

        TFT, the tamarind sounds like a really tasty addition to a ginger drink. Do you remember what any of the "other stuff" is?

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          thefunkytrout RE: Enso Jul 1, 2013 07:15 AM

          Unfortunately no, but I'll be sure to ask next time I go (hopefully soon - hehe). I believe cane sugar, tamarind, ginger, and lime are at least the primary players though.

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        eastlakovore RE: getgot211 May 6, 2013 09:04 AM

        I believe you should find Ginger Beer at Byerly's - Feintemen's has a ginger beer, I believe I've seen Gosling's and Reed's at various Lunds/Byerly's also.
        I believe I've had a ginger beer mocktail at Cafe Maude, and ordered a Gosling's at Bar La Grassa.
        Happy Hunting.

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          BigE RE: eastlakovore Jul 8, 2013 06:44 AM

          Gosling's would be my first choice as well. That would be for making cocktails, specifically.

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          epmaddy RE: getgot211 May 6, 2013 09:17 AM

          I believe the Dark and Spicy at Parlour is made with a house-made ginger beer. It's heavy on the spices, but that may have been from the rum.

          1. mtullius RE: getgot211 May 6, 2013 09:49 AM

            Pour Decisions Brewing Co. makes an amazing ginger beer which is available at their taproom....

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              baronworm RE: getgot211 May 6, 2013 11:45 AM

              I recently noticed that Costco (St Louis Park location) is selling Bundaberg ginger beer, from Australia.

              I haven't tried it yet, but I intend to.

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                epmaddy RE: baronworm May 6, 2013 11:48 AM

                It's sweeter than Reed's, with less of a kick. Still stronger than a ginger ale though.

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                latte4me RE: getgot211 May 12, 2013 06:55 PM

                Maine Root brand - available at Whole Foods. Yum.

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                  Enso RE: getgot211 Jul 1, 2013 04:33 AM

                  It's great to hear about these options when out and about.

                  We usually make big batches of homemade ginger drink. Very refreshing in the summer and warming in the winter--great all-year-round drink!

                  Besides the convenience of having it always available, we can control the sugar content and jazz it up with various spices/herbs.

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                    Rowdy RE: Enso Jul 1, 2013 11:48 AM

                    Could you let us in on how you do this? I love ginger, but wouldn't know where to start!

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                    getgot211 RE: getgot211 Jul 4, 2013 06:08 PM

                    So my interest was mainly in bottled stuff as I just want to make some good Dark n Stormy's. Haven't tried any of the places mentioned that serve drinks.

                    Fentimans and Reeds are available pretty much everywhere. Oddly, Fentimans is even carried at Local D'Lish?

                    Didn't find Maine Root at either Edina or Calhoun WF.

                    Haven't made it to Costco yet for Bundaberg, but did check Roseville World Market which supposedly carries but nothing.

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                      DrRock79 RE: getgot211 24 minutes ago

                      Barritt's Ginger Beer from Bermuda is great. Lyons Pub in downtown Mpls makes drinks with it. And you can buy it at Surdyks.

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