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Ginger ale lovers, please help me out?

ckaseman Dec 14, 2013 04:47 PM

I'm from the USA. A few years ago I bought a bottle of ginger ale in British aisle of an imported foods store, and it was the best ginger ale I'd ever had. I recently had occasion to go back to that store for the first time in a long while, and found that they don't carry it any longer.

I can't, for the life of me, remember what it was called.

All I know is that it was from England, came in a large clear glass bottle (about the size of a typical liquor bottle), with maybe, possibly a yellow label, and was so ridiculously strong that even my friends who LOVE strong ginger ale couldn't handle drinking it straight. It had a bite almost like some kind of liquor, but it wasn't alcoholic.

I know this is a lot to ask, but if anyone could possibly point me in the right direction, I would really, really appreciate it.


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    Jemon RE: ckaseman Dec 14, 2013 05:22 PM

    Try looking here? http://www.gingeraleauthority.com/ran...

    1. frogprince RE: ckaseman Dec 14, 2013 05:32 PM

      Fentimans or Fever Tree most likely...but you should contact the store who can check their SKUs.

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        t_g RE: ckaseman Dec 15, 2013 12:54 AM

        http://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/sh... ?

        1. Kavey RE: ckaseman Dec 15, 2013 02:03 AM

          Was it definitely ginger ale, could you have picked up ginger beer?

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            ckaseman RE: ckaseman Dec 15, 2013 02:10 AM

            t_g, you are my hero. Thank you!

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              Kavey RE: ckaseman Dec 15, 2013 02:38 AM

              Aahaah, it WAS indeed ginger beer rather than ginger ale. :-)

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                Chatsworth RE: Kavey Dec 15, 2013 07:40 AM

                As long as it was lashings of ginger beer, all is well.

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                  PhilD RE: Chatsworth Dec 15, 2013 02:28 PM

                  It's a bit of a naming nightmare isn't it. "GingerAle" was generally the mixer you put in a "Whisky and Ginger". Whilst a traditional "Ginger Beer" is a longer drink and was traditionally alcoholic (and brewed at home complete with exploding bottles). Lots of new brands on the market as it's popularity has increased which is great. I highly recommend a ginger beer and cider shandy for a refreshingly different drink - just be careful not to use scrumpy or else it will be lethal!

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                    mr_gimlet RE: PhilD Dec 15, 2013 04:24 PM

                    Wow, that brings back memories. I reckon I last had one of those 25 years ago

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                      Kavey RE: PhilD Dec 15, 2013 11:48 PM

                      I was reading Wiki, which suggested there were once two variants of "ginger ale", one a sweet strong drink, basically ginger beer, and the other one the dry mixer drink. These days, in UK, it's used for the dry mixer only and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic strong sweet ones are ginger beer...

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                Luna2372 RE: ckaseman Dec 15, 2013 03:13 AM

                I know that most of the "strong" ginger ales are called ginger beer in the UK eve tho they are non alcoholic. Try kim.be.au, old Jamaica, and Royalty. They all have yellow labels. Kim comes in liter glass bottles with a cork and is considered #1 in the UK..so might be a popular export.

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                  cathodetube RE: ckaseman Jan 16, 2014 09:17 AM

                  In summer I like to drink ginger beer iced with a fresh lime squeezed into it.

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