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« on: Sep 01, 2013, 07:37PM »

Be still, my beating heart...I was at our local Giant (regional grocery chain) picking up stuff for our Labor Day festivities and realized I still needed soda. I walk down the aisle and stop dead in my tracks when I spot a familiar shade of green out of the corner of my eye.
Could it be?

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VERNORS!!! On the shelf!!! For Sale!!! In Pennsylvania!!!

Don't bother with diet Vernors. Trust me. Only the real thing will do (and I wish they didn't use high fructose corn syrup). My Michigan friends/classmates/colleagues will understand, and you will too, when you taste it. Or maybe not, I don't know. You cannot BELIEVE how happy this made me. Off to the kitchen to wipe the foam off of my mouth.
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 01, 2013, 08:07PM »

I understand Good!

We have it readily available here.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 01, 2013, 08:32PM »

It is weird when it became availabe in WA state a number of years ago.  My uncle who lives in Michigan made me sample some around 1985 when I was visiting the east coast (he drove out with some in his car)

Djdekok have you ever tried Reeds extra strong Ginger ale?  Its got more bight than Vernors.  Also way more expensive in bottles only.

I like Vernors good stuff, the diet version does suck

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 02, 2013, 05:45AM »

Don't remember it in MI (ca 60s), but we had it in upstate NY, same timeframe, I think.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 02, 2013, 08:07AM »

Oddly, while it originates from Detroit, it is currently bottled by the Seven Up, Dr. Pepper folks and none is made in Michigan anymore.

For extra points, I suggest making a Michigan Mule; lime juice, mint, and vodka in a Collins glass filled with Vernor's.

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 02, 2013, 08:50AM »

WHat is VERNORS?
Never heard of it...
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 02, 2013, 09:12AM »

It was a regional ginger ale that was much more potent then commercial ginger ales at the time.  It was a special regional thing like Moxie soda, Green River, Polar products in Mass...

I love trying new sodas, even though I try to limit my consumption.  I am happy DJDEKOK found something he likes!  That makes sense about why it made it to WA state so long ago, being that it was bought up by a major company.

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« Reply #7 on: Sep 02, 2013, 12:21PM »

We have a local ginger ale called Chelmsford. When I can find it I like to stock up.

Also, Moxie was invented in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Now it's bottled by Coca-Cola.
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 02, 2013, 12:51PM »

Ugh.  Moxie.  I lived in Lowell when I first came to Massachusetts, and figured I'd better try the hometown drink.  Gotta figure it's an acquired taste.  :)

Good root beer, on the other hand--lots to choose from here: Polar, Maine Root, Tower, Captain Eli's, and even though it's made in NJ, Boylan's.  Anyone know of others in New England?

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« Reply #9 on: Sep 02, 2013, 03:27PM »

Don't remember it in MI (ca 60s), but we had it in upstate NY, same timeframe, I think.

My mistook, in MI, not NY, lived near Mt Clemens for 3+ years, both kids were born there. 
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 02, 2013, 04:23PM »

Ugh.  Moxie.  I lived in Lowell when I first came to Massachusetts, and figured I'd better try the hometown drink.  Gotta figure it's an acquired taste.  :)

Good root beer, on the other hand--lots to choose from here: Polar, Maine Root, Tower, Captain Eli's, and even though it's made in NJ, Boylan's.  Anyone know of others in New England?

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I think Saranac (Matts Brewing Co.) makes a root beer.
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 02, 2013, 04:37PM »

I had some kind of root beer that came in brown glass bottles.  I think it was IPA?  IGA?  It was very good.

But more than root beer, I like birch beer.  It used to be pretty common up here in New England, but I hardly see it any more.

I second the motion on Moxie.  As a devotee of MAD Magazine I had to test it when I found it.  Ugh!

Then I was at Colonial Williamsburg and got some "colonial era" candy.  It had a very familiar taste -- just like Moxie!  The candy was called "horehound drops".
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 02, 2013, 04:46PM »

I had some kind of root beer that came in brown glass bottles.  I think it was IPA?  IGA?  It was very good.

But more than root beer, I like birch beer.  It used to be pretty common up here in New England, but I hardly see it any more.

I second the motion on Moxie.  As a devotee of MAD Magazine I had to test it when I found it.  Ugh!

Then I was at Colonial Williamsburg and got some "colonial era" candy.  It had a very familiar taste -- just like Moxie!  The candy was called "horehound drops".


IBC Root Beer. Also easily attainable here. One of my faves Good!
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 02, 2013, 04:51PM »

IBC Root Beer. Also easily attainable here. One of my faves Good!

Mine, too!  More bite than most.

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« Reply #14 on: Sep 03, 2013, 06:42AM »

OMG!!!
VERNORS!!! On the shelf!!! For Sale!!! In Pennsylvania!!!

Years and years ago, my father-in-law was a big fan of Vernor's.  It was easily available in Western Pennsylvania.  He would make us try it.  It was very oaky.

Now it's distributed by Dr. Pepper, so it shouldn't be too hard to find.
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« Reply #15 on: Sep 03, 2013, 06:44AM »

I think Saranac (Matts Brewing Co.) makes a root beer.

Yes, along with a Ginger Beer and some Cream sodas.  I should probably try them.
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« Reply #16 on: Sep 03, 2013, 01:09PM »

Here is a classic regional soda:

http://www.greenriversoda.com/chicago/
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« Reply #17 on: Sep 03, 2013, 03:19PM »

I was quite surprised to find Vernors in Iowa and Nebraska.  Vernors was one of those Ohio/Michigan things I really missed when I moved west. 
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« Reply #18 on: Sep 03, 2013, 03:33PM »

Occasionally got Vernor's in Western PA growing up.  Word to the wise, don't cough and snort it up your nose!  That was extreme pain.

Dominion Brewing Co. makes a very good root beer and ginger ale here in Delaware.
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 04, 2013, 05:20AM »

Occasionally got Vernor's in Western PA growing up.  Word to the wise, don't cough and snort it up your nose!  That was extreme pain.

Dominion Brewing Co. makes a very good root beer and ginger ale here in Delaware.

That would usually happen when the first swallow was too big--but people are right, it used to have a more intense flavor. Still...
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 04, 2013, 05:23AM »

I had some kind of root beer that came in brown glass bottles.  I think it was IPA?  IGA?  It was very good.

But more than root beer, I like birch beer.  It used to be pretty common up here in New England, but I hardly see it any more.

I second the motion on Moxie.  As a devotee of MAD Magazine I had to test it when I found it.  Ugh!

Then I was at Colonial Williamsburg and got some "colonial era" candy.  It had a very familiar taste -- just like Moxie!  The candy was called "horehound drops".


IPA--India Pale Ale
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 04, 2013, 05:27AM »

Not to change the subject--now that we have Vernors, I'm going to work on getting Cheerwine up here from the South.  Had it in South Carolina last summer on my way north from WDW.  Good maraschino cherry flavor. Good!
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 04, 2013, 06:21AM »

Not to change the subject--now that we have Vernors, I'm going to work on getting Cheerwine up here from the South.  Had it in South Carolina last summer on my way north from WDW.  Good maraschino cherry flavor. Good!
Another solid choice. I'd settle for RC cola being available, myself. It's here, but you have to look for it.   As long as we're making a wish list, can I get Antarctica guarana cola from South America?

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« Reply #23 on: Sep 04, 2013, 06:30AM »

Geesh guys,

If you really want this stuff it is all available online. Turns out I have a nostalgia bottler near me.  I had a "frostie" brand cherry limeade and a huckleberry soda that is out of sight.

We have local micro brewer of energy soda "Erics Famous". Their vanilla cream soda with Guarana is decadent.  Real vanilla bean.  Nom

Speaking of Guarana I Really want Josta to be reintroduced.

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« Reply #24 on: Sep 04, 2013, 08:11AM »

How about Dad's Root Beer?
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« Reply #25 on: Sep 04, 2013, 08:29AM »

I have Dads available around here, is it hard to come by?
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 14, 2013, 07:12PM »

Just saw this roll by:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/25336/drink-stories-behind-11-regional-soft-drinks

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