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Chinatownlady Jul 3, 2013 02:15 PM

Anyone know where to find Vernor's Ginger Ale in LA? Thank you!!

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    malibumike Jul 3, 2013 02:19 PM

    Yes; they carry it at Fart & Sminal, er Smart & Final.

    1. wienermobile Jul 3, 2013 02:25 PM

      Have seen it at Bristol Farms and of course Galco's Soda Pop Stop (diet too).
      5702 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042

      1. liu Jul 3, 2013 02:31 PM

        Gelson's has it in the cans.

        1. SIMIHOUND Jul 3, 2013 02:41 PM

          Vons in my area has it in 2 litre bottles. Look for the most hidden area of the shelf.

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            Dirtywextraolives Jul 3, 2013 02:49 PM

            My Von's & Ralph's both sell six packs of cans. Look in the mixers section where the liquor is.

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              Technor Jul 3, 2013 02:50 PM

              The soda pop shop has it. http://www.sodapopstop.com/home.cfm

              1. TonyC Jul 3, 2013 03:34 PM

                the answer to pop/soda questions is always realsoda.com, always.

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                  Mr Taster Jul 3, 2013 04:45 PM

                  Nobody picked up the phone, but the recording says the office hours are from 8am - 5pm PST Mon-Fri except holidays. No word as to whether their outlet store/showroom has extended hours (or whether they're open on the 5th, which is about the only time I'd be able to get there).

                  Mr Taster

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                    TonyC Jul 3, 2013 09:06 PM

                    They're primarily a distributor, which is why it's usually almost always cheaper than Galco's. No extended hours but they'll be most likely be open on Friday. Their distro warehouse is... massive, but the "showroom" is the size of a front office. Still, Real Soda is a Southbay (LA) gem that stocks a huge number of pizza parlors with "artisanal" soda pop. If you want to do a dark n stormy (tm)/moscow mule taste test, this is the place to get all your ginger beer.

                    They have vernor's and diet vernor's, in 3 sizes: http://realsoda.com/2010realsodalist.pdf

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                      ns1 Jul 3, 2013 09:38 PM

                      Moscow mule taste test coming right up. Thanks for the heads up.

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                        linus Jul 3, 2013 09:53 PM

                        vernors doesnt work very well in a moscow mule; then again, its been a long time, so maybe a reevaluation is called for. then again, im an aging fucker, and the present vernors isnt what it was when i was a youth.
                        then again, i prefer gin mules now.
                        then again, i digress.

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                          TonyC Jul 3, 2013 09:55 PM

                          you're right, that's why I wrote : " this is the place to get all your ginger beer."

                          Vernor's is NOT a ginger "beer", it's barely a ginger "ale"

                          -- someone who lived in Michigan for too many years.
                          --- glad to see all the all the dark n stormy/moscow mule drinkers online right this minute.

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                            linus Jul 3, 2013 10:02 PM

                            for the life of me, ive never been able to understand the dark und stormy.
                            believe it or not, vernors used to be quite something. all you had to do was put your face over the glass and youd cough.
                            sigh.

                            yes, i own copper mugs.

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                              TonyC Jul 3, 2013 10:27 PM

                              So I've been told. OTOH, I still really love jalapenos Krunchers since they maintained the recipe after going bankrupt.

                              Sometimes, it's really about getting properly f'd up, instead of stylistics. e.g., it's ok to pour 2 tbsp of fiber into 18YO single-malt when no one's looking because you forgot to take it in the morning.

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                                Gypsy Jan Jul 4, 2013 05:11 PM

                                It's absolutely true that Vernor's is not what it was - it used to be that when I inhaled that first sip I would get a minutes-long coughing fit in a good way. But now, I don't like the bitter aftertaste.

                                And, yes, I also own copper mugs.

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                                barryc Jul 4, 2013 10:52 PM

                                so you must know how to play euchre.

                                i've never thought of vernor's as ginger ale. it was always just vernor's.

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                            PeterCC Jul 3, 2013 09:50 PM

                            Slight tangent, found an excellent ginger ale called Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale (http://www.freshgingerale.com) that is probably the gingeriest ale I've had, more gingery than most ginger beers or "brews". Almost as spicy as Maine Root's (my fave). Got it at Bob's Market in SM.

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                              TonyC Jul 3, 2013 09:59 PM

                              Fresh Ginger & Maine's Root are both nice because they're made with cane sugar, but the Aussie (Buderim Aussie Style) shit is way spicier. Also, Fresh Ginger has sendiment which actually doesn't work too well for a "clean" moscow mule.

                              FWIW, Real Soda has ~30 ginger ale/beer products, which, IIRC, makes them it largest offering in LA.

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                                PeterCC Jul 3, 2013 10:05 PM

                                Thx for the tip. Always looking for the most spicy. I think I've seen the Buderim but got it mixed up with the other Aussie brand Bundaberg, which I've had before and found it to be not as spicy as Maine Root.

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                                  JThur01 Jul 3, 2013 11:54 PM

                                  Blenheim?

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                                    linus Jul 4, 2013 08:15 AM

                                    i still love the blenheim extra hot. although, i have read the cognoscenti believe it's gone downhill since blenheim was bought by somebody or another.

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                                      JThur01 Jul 4, 2013 09:00 AM

                                      Yep, Blenheim Red Cap. I've even see Blenheim at BevMo.

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                                  linus Jul 3, 2013 10:08 PM

                                  i'll look for all these. have always found bundaberg straight outta meh-ville.
                                  thanks for the tips.

                        2. Wayno Jul 3, 2013 03:51 PM

                          And, of course, they had it for on-premise sale at Coney Dogs on Sunset, but SADLY that place is no longer there and a Gaby's Express is there in its stead. That's where my SO would go for her Detroit food fixes.

                          1. mrgreenbeenz Jul 3, 2013 04:10 PM

                            Galco's on York in Highland Park is the place for all thing soda, though as posted below Vernor's can be found pretty consistently in grocery stores.

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                              kvalla Jul 3, 2013 05:22 PM

                              Albertsons also carries it in the six packs (near the specialty sodas) or 2L bottles.

                              1. ipsedixit Jul 3, 2013 08:08 PM

                                Bristol Farms

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                                  Chinatownlady Jul 3, 2013 09:51 PM

                                  Thanks so much for all the answers everyone!!

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                                    silverlakebodhisattva Jul 5, 2013 11:05 AM

                                    Just saw some at Von's; when did Vernor's start adding artificial flavor?!?

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