View Poll Results: Ginger Beer: Nectar of the gods, or vile brew from the outer darkness?
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:10 PM
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Poll: Ginger Beer: Nectar of the gods, or vile brew from the outer darkness?


While at the supermarket yesterday I saw a display of sodas from the "Appalachian Brewing Company". What caught my eye were the root beer and the birch beer, both of which I am a fan of. Plus, the "real cane sugar" statement caught my eye. I'm not one to impulse shop but this display did catch my interest.

So I stood there trying to decide between root beer or birch beer when a third offering caught my eye. Ginger beer.

Okay, I'd heard of it, and I love ginger ale, and it boasted pure cane sugar AND honey! Who could resist? So I decided that maybe I'd try something different and added a 4 pack of ginger beer to my cart. When I got home I placed of bottle of my new found treasure in the fridge to cool down for an evening refresher in from of the television.

Later that evening I remembered what was awaiting me in the fridge and anxiously proceeded to the kitchen to retrieve my treat.

After struggling with my sweaty palms trying to open the cap, I finally succeeded and took a big swig.

AAAaaaaaaaaaaaacckkkkk... What had I purchased? The stuff tasted like someone took a bottle of ginger ale and added 3 or 4 tablespoons of ground ginger to it. The stuff is vile! I thought my throat was going to close up.

Does anyone actually by and drink this stuff... on purpose?
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:16 PM
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Answer: Answer: It's vile and gross.
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Nectar of the gods is a little strong, but I like it. I find it bracing. Oddly I don't like ginger in most foods..
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:28 PM
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Awesome stuff. Yeah, if you're expecting ginger ale, you're in for a shock, but if you're expecting what it actually tastes like, it's wonderful.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:33 PM
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Unbelievably awesome stuff. Especially the ones where they don't skimp on the ginger, like AJ Stephans.

Good ginger beer separates the men from the lesser life forms.
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AAAaaaaaaaaaaaacckkkkk... What had I purchased? The stuff tasted like someone took a bottle of ginger ale and added 3 or 4 tablespoons of ground ginger to it. The stuff is vile! I thought my throat was going to close up.

Does anyone actually by and drink this stuff... on purpose?
I believe you answered your own question.
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I like it. Most often straight, but sometimes I'll mix it half-and-half with beer, in a glass with ice. That's a nice drink on a hot summer day.
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Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:46 PM
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Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:56 PM
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Faygo used to make a ginger beer called Faygobrau. The stuff was awesome! This country really needs a good ginger beer at Faygo or Shasta prices again.
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The consensus seems to be against me, except for Munch, who apparently didn't actually answer the poll (or maybe he's a Mary Ann man).

Maybe I got a bad batch or this particular brand is crap.

I'm intrigued by Spoons suggestion about mixing it with beer. It would dilute the ginger with beer but, on the other hand, it would dilute the beer with ginger. Would it be a way to salvage the last three bottles, or a waste of good beer?
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Where does one buy this ... AJ Stephans?
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I recently started a poll on ginger ale, and heard many good things about ginger beer. I haven't tried it solo yet, but did have it as part of an alcoholic drink recently. It has quickly become a favorite of mine, so I suspect ginger beer will be closer to a "nectar of the gods" than a "vile brew.." for me. BTW, the drink was ginger beer, Jameson's and fresh lime juice. It was incredibly refreshing on a hot day.
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It is a nectar few gods are worthy of.
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I recently started a poll on ginger ale, and heard many good things about ginger beer. I haven't tried it solo yet, but did have it as part of an alcoholic drink recently. It has quickly become a favorite of mine, so I suspect ginger beer will be closer to a "nectar of the gods" than a "vile brew.." for me. BTW, the drink was ginger beer, Jameson's and fresh lime juice. It was incredibly refreshing on a hot day.
I think it could work as a mixer but straight might be an acquired taste.
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I voted "vile", but that's a little stronger than I would phrase it. None for me, thanks.

Similarly, it's never occurred to me that Coca-Cola would be improved by a couple heaping tablespoons of black pepper.
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It depends. The cheap stuff is nasty tasting sugary crap, but the good stuff is divine.
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I'm intrigued by Spoons suggestion about mixing it with beer. It would dilute the ginger with beer but, on the other hand, it would dilute the beer with ginger. Would it be a way to salvage the last three bottles, or a waste of good beer?
Well, you don't use a good beer, necessarily--something like Bud or Miller or any other mass-produced brand works just fine. The beer dilutes the ginger, but the ginger adds a bit of flavour to what is otherwise a bland beer.
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Where does one buy this ... AJ Stephans?
I get mine at Bevmo. It's an iffy item - the company tends to sell out of it so fast that distribution gets spotty. But it is wonderful stuff.

davidm - try making a Moscow Mule or a Dark and Stormy. Much better than the Shandygaff Spoons seems to like.
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I love love love ginger in general. I have ginger candy in my cupboard, and Reed's Extra Ginger Brew in my fridge.
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AJ Stephans is tough to get; I've still a couple of bottles stashed from my last successful run to pick some up in California, a few years ago.

Blenheim's and Bundaberg are good too, and easier to obtain via mail. Reeds extra ginger is my go-to brand which I can obtain locally.
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:35 PM
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Have been drinking Pimms Cup #1 with gin and ginger beer lately. Mmmm.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:56 PM
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I like it if I'm in the mood. If I'm not in the mood, ack.

Ginger's been growing on me -- it used to be something I liked a dash of. Lately, I'm the guy eating the whole pink clump of ginger at the sushi place, popping crystalized ginger from the spice cupboard as a snack, and drinking ginger beer. I expect a swing back the other way at some point...but I've been liking it lately.
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Mr. Sali and I have been ordering oddball sodas online, and we've had quite a few ginger beers. There are a couple that are good, one from Australia, I'd have to go find the list. I myself find them rather trying to drink. Too bitey. We had a Reeds raspberry ginger brew last night that was so vile, from the first sniff, that it went down the drain after one sip. They must be popular because I see an awful lot of them around,
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If you think Ginger beer is too strong, stay away from ginger wine.

Heady, gingery, spicy, yum.

My dad brews the stuff. I love my dad.
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A tad strong on its own, but delicious when mixed with some Goslings dark rum for a Dark 'n' Stormy.
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Mr. Sali and I have been ordering oddball sodas online, and we've had quite a few ginger beers. There are a couple that are good, one from Australia, I'd have to go find the list.
Oh, that sounds like fun. Do you have a site you like to order from?
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If it's too strong, make Moscow Mules with it: vodka, ginger beer and mint. The "rape your throat" effect is totally absent then.

Nothing better than ginger for motion sickness/upset stomach (seasickness remedy from an old sailor friend).
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I have an amazing gingerbread recipe that requires powdered ginger, candied ginger, raw ginger, and ginger beer.
The beer used to be harder to come by. I wouldn't drink it on its own, but it works really well in that recipe.
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A tad strong on its own, but delicious when mixed with some Goslings dark rum for a Dark 'n' Stormy.
This is what ginger beer is for.
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The mentions of hot days should be taken to heart. IME, a strong ginger beer is subject to one of the widest variances in perception based on weather and body temperature.
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Ginger Beer is awesome, but I have to second that the cheap stuff really is nasty. Even if you love ginger and are drinking good stuff, it will still probably catch most people off guard with just how strong it is. I remember trying it when I was young being told that it was just really strong ginger ale and hating it at first, only because of how strong it was and that it burned my mouth and throat, but I tried it a few more times and I loved it. It was sort of like how I used to hate spicy food as a kid for much the same reason but now that sort of burny feeling is part of what makes it so awesome.

Anyway, I'm not familiar with the brand the OP tried, but if it's the bad stuff, no wonder you didn't like it. Otherwise, if you love ginger, just give it a couple more tries.
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Dark'n'Stormy is wonderful. I like ginger beer. I'm half-Japanese, and was raised eating candied and chocolate-covered ginger. Yum.
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No. It's vile foul smelling swill that assaults the senses with corruption.
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A tad strong on its own, but delicious when mixed with some Goslings dark rum for a Dark 'n' Stormy.
I love Gosling's ginger beer. Unfortunately, my daughter discovered how good it is, so now I have to guard it from her....

And root beer was always my favourite soda when I was a kid - I've never cared for cola drinks, but visits to the A&W drive-in were a big treat.

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I find the ginger beer in the Mexican aisle (for US grocery stores) is much better than the rest.
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Sergeant at Arms John Keel, in Pratchett's Night Watch, found an alternative use for Ginger Beer.
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I find the ginger beer in the Mexican aisle (for US grocery stores) is much better than the rest.
I agree, I like Goya brand ginger beer, very spicy.
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I'm no fan. I drink ginger-ale when I want something bland. I don't see any purpose in ginger beer.
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"Nectar of the gods" may be a bit excessive, unless you meant "the nectar of the god of ginger".
Not a very powerful god mind you. Named Zingiberis by the Greeks and Gingiber by the Romans.
Apparently, the Japanese had a similar god of ginger named Gary.

Anyway, my vote has been cast!
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I'm a lifelong teatotaler, and this is my equivalent of strong drink. As a teen I was a "victim of advertisting" of Faygo's version, Faygobrau. (I don't think they make it any more.) The ads featured parodies of contemporary beer commercials, and I wanted to try it. I disliked it very much, but was determined to acquire a taste for it. I did. I still like it.
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The stuff tasted like someone took a bottle of ginger ale and added 3 or 4 tablespoons of ground ginger to it.
You say this like it's a bad thing...
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Sounds delicious to me!
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I love Ginger Ale, the spicier the better. My current favorite is Blenheim's, which is so hot it makes me cough with every sip.
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I'm glad I put a pack of Blenheim in the fridge yesterday. In about an hour and a half, I'll be drinking one.
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I like Ginger Beer, it's a strong ginger ale, I wouldn't call it nectar of the Gods, but it's better than regular Ginger Ale.
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Reed's is as good as it gets. It's a little out of my price range right now though.
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I can never find these specialty root beers. I'm fairly sure it was IBC that used to offer ginger and birch beer around these parts. Great stuff.
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My Beloved found a brand that actually has chunks of ginger in it. I couldn't drink it because lumpy drinks remind me of Orbitz *shudder*.
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Reed's is as good as it gets. It's a little out of my price range right now though.
Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? They sell four-packs for $3.99.
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