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Ginger Beer

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. 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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    1. re: Jordan

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

    2. 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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      1. re: thefunkytrout

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

        1. re: Enso

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: eastlakovore

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

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

            1. 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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              1. re: baronworm

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

              2. Maine Root brand - available at Whole Foods. Yum.

                1. 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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                  1. re: Enso

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

                  2. 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.

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

                      1. Parka makes their own delicious, not too sweet ginger beer.

                        1. My two cents - I'm a huge fan of the Dark and Stormy (Gosling's Dark Seal rum, Ginger Beer, lime squeeze). I've tried these with many kinds of ginger beer. Thus far my favorites are Ward 6's house brew and Gosling's brand.

                          Luckily, I've found Goslings ginger beer is stocked in my 'hood at First Grand Liquors...

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                          1. re: s4zando

                            s4zando, am I right that

                            Gosling's ginger beer= High Fructose Corn Syrup ?

                            1. re: baronworm

                              I don't know. I don't have a can handy to check... Next time I'm by the liquor store, I'll take a peek.

                          2. Cost Plus has a great selection. I also just got some Maine Root from Home Goods.

                            1. I just bought a pack of four Crabbies alcoholic ginger beer. I haven't tasted it yet, but I have high hopes. I bought it at La Dolce Vita in Chaska. It's a lovely little wine shop with a lot of specialty beers and other spirits. I also bought a sour cherry hard apple cider. I'm eager to try that also.

                              The best ginger beer I've ever had was at an expat party where some Australians brought their homemade stuff made in soda pop plastic bottles. They looked like they were going to explode. But the result was a wonderful, fizzy, slightly alcoholic refreshing drink.

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                              1. re: shoo bee doo

                                The Crabbies is just OK. I find it a little sweet and not fizzy enough. It's not like the homemade ginger beer I remember.

                                1. re: shoo bee doo

                                  If you have some still to be used Crabbies, I have a suggestion for solving the sweetness problem. Buy a piece of fresh ginger, peel it, and grate it against your finest microplane. Scoop the resulting pulp off the micro plane and add it to each glass of soda. This isn't very accurate, but I generally find five or six swipes across the microplane produce the right amount of pulp for improving too-sweet versions.

                                  I even do this with Goslings since I like my Ginger Beer and Dark and Stormy drinks very sharp and gingery.