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Jul 13, 2014 04:21 AM

searching for great ginger ale

I recently returned from a trip to the Pacific Northwest, where I drank a ginger ale from a small company called Thomas Kemper. It was as perfect a ginger ale as I've ever had: plenty of ginger, not sour or acidic, flavored with cane sugar (not high fructose corn syrup).

After some research, I've found I can't get Thomas Kemper here in the Boston area. I have sampled several non-HFCS ginger ale options (Whole Foods house brand, Reed's Ginger Ale and Reed's Ginger Beer) but have yet to find one that is as good.

Does anyone have any suggestions of good ginger ale? I live in Cambridge and can't travel to the burbs (no transportation).

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  1. I particularly like Fever Tree ginger ale, a dry not-too-sweet product made in the United Kingdom. It is made with cane sugar. Their ginger beer is quite good also. Some Whole Foods carry them.

    1. Fever Tree makes a good one.

      1. Blenheim is the best (imho), but you can't get it locally, we order from the website.

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        1. re: grumpyspatient

          I'll second Blenheim, it isn't cheap to get it shipped, but I had it with my gf in Charleston, SC and we were hooked. The spicy one is really spicy, I prefer the Gold Cap, 'Not as Hot' over the Red Cap. Makes great cocktails too!

          1. re: grumpyspatient

            I think you can buy Blenheim at the Boston Shaker.

            1. re: johncb

              what/where is the Boston Shaker?

          2. Fever Tree was disappointing. Too sweet for our tastes.

            Our favorite is Blenheim Red Cap. You can have a case shipped to you from them directly. we are lucky to have family couriers who bring a case each time we see them.

            1. I have certainly had Thomas Kemper ginger ale before, but I can't remember from where I got it, but I suspect it was local. I suspect you can order on-line too for a reasonable price. But I do know where I get Saranac Ginger Beer (less spicy than most sodas labeled as ginger beers, I'd classify this one as a deep ginger ale, like Vernor's): Wegman's. I think I've seen it at a couple other places. I really like it. I also like Natural Brew's "Outrageous" Ginger Ale, which I have gotten at Foodie's among other places. Vernor's Ginger Ale is also very good.

              Also, why the HFCS hate? I do not think that cane sugar is inherently better than corn syrup as a sweetener. They just have a different mouth feel, and sometimes one is more appropriate to a certain flavor profile than another. I don't think Saranac uses HFCS, but Vernor's does; both are excellent and well suited to their flavors.

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              1. re: lipoff

                I don't like the taste of HFCS (yes I can tell the difference), hence my preference to steer away from it.