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Old 10-18-2018, 03:59 PM
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I found real old style Ginger Beer


Bundaberg Ginger Beer, $16 for a 10 pack but I decided to try it. No weird spices and no grapefruit like the Jamaican style Ginger Beer. No trendy twist from the too cool for school PBR crowd.

I've had better Ginger Beer, but this is the best I've had in a long time.

How do you describe Ginger Beer, it is similar to Ginger Ale but different, generally a more gingery taste and tastes like it has been brewed if that makes any sense. It also tastes like days gone by. Ginger Ale is just flavored soda in the end. Ginger Beer is what Ginger Ale is based on to the best of my knowledge.

Oh cool, the company's site addresses the question.
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I am a huge fan of Reed's Jamaican-style Ginger beer. It's the only kind I've ever tried. I don't think it has grapefruit in it, more likely pineapple juice.

I saw some Ginger Beer at World Market the other day, but I passed on it because of the price. I don't recall the brand name.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:31 PM
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I am a huge fan of Reed's Jamaican-style Ginger beer. It's the only kind I've ever tried. I don't think it has grapefruit in it, more likely pineapple juice.

I saw some Ginger Beer at World Market the other day, but I passed on it because of the price. I don't recall the brand name.
That is exactly the store I bought the Bundaberg at and for the price I will not by it often.
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A previous thread, with reviews.

TL;DR - AJ Stephans Ginger Beer beats all comers.
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That is exactly the store I bought the Bundaberg at and for the price I will not by it often.
Interesting, that was probably it then.

Maybe I'll spring for it next time if it's that good
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A previous thread, with reviews.

TL;DR - AJ Stephans Ginger Beer beats all comers.
You know, I was thinking of you when I posted this thread, it seemed like Ginger Beer was right up your alley. I probably read that thread back then and it stuck as a vague memory.

I had homemade Ginger Beer and it was awesome. I had some in Ireland a few years ago it was really good. I had the Trader Joe's Jamaican style Ginger Beer and I couldn't stand it.

Reed's sounds like it is not the style I like though.
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are we talking w/ c2h5oh or soda pop?
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yeah, Bundaberg is all right in my book. Not as good as the previously mentioned AJ Stephans, but better than average, maybe even up in my top 10 ginger beers (I've tried a LOT of them.)

I've developed a fondness for Blenheim's hot ginger ale lately. I wish it were easier to get. Nice ginger flavor, great burn.

Reed's extra ginger version is nice, also.

A few of the exotic/generic versions I've found in asian grocery stores across the country have been surprisingly top notch too.

I still miss Old Tyme Ginger Beer, but I haven't seen it around in ages, and the last time was about 8 years ago in Canada.
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yeah, Bundaberg is all right in my book. Not as good as the previously mentioned AJ Stephans, but better than average, maybe even up in my top 10 ginger beers (I've tried a LOT of them.)

I've developed a fondness for Blenheim's hot ginger ale lately. I wish it were easier to get. Nice ginger flavor, great burn.

Reed's extra ginger version is nice, also.

A few of the exotic/generic versions I've found in asian grocery stores across the country have been surprisingly top notch too.

I still miss Old Tyme Ginger Beer, but I haven't seen it around in ages, and the last time was about 8 years ago in Canada.
I guess that answered my question....Soda pop it is.
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yeah, Bundaberg is all right in my book. Not as good as the previously mentioned AJ Stephans, but better than average, maybe even up in my top 10 ginger beers (I've tried a LOT of them.)

I've developed a fondness for Blenheim's hot ginger ale lately. I wish it were easier to get. Nice ginger flavor, great burn.

Reed's extra ginger version is nice, also.

A few of the exotic/generic versions I've found in asian grocery stores across the country have been surprisingly top notch too.

I still miss Old Tyme Ginger Beer, but I haven't seen it around in ages, and the last time was about 8 years ago in Canada.
How would you describe AJ Stephans?

I don't love the burn. I do love the robust ginger flavor.
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I love ginger beer. I tried some Bedford's ginger beer recently and it was pleasant and pure ginger. It's on the mild side but still has bite.
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I'm not a fan of ginger beer, but I am a big fan of Bundaberg's other flavours (apple cider and passonfruit are my faves for summer). And because I live in the country of origin, it's cheap as. About $1.30 per bottle for me.
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I'll have to try the Bundaberg, if I can find it locally.

My go-to ginger beer currently is Fever-Tree, which kicks the butt of any mass-produced ginger ale on the market. Beyond being great ice-cold, it's a treat when partially frozen into ginger beer slush.
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Trader Joe's made a ginger beer a few years ago that was both really good, and pretty cheap relative to other ginger beers I've had. It also came in those flip-top rubber stoppered glass bottles like Grolsch beer. I wish I'd stocked up on it when it was available.

Goslings makes a ginger beer, as well, which isn't Jamaican style, but it's mostly hum-drum: a kicked up version of ginger ale. They would do be to stick to the black rum side of the Dark and Stormy.
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I'll have to try the Bundaberg, if I can find it locally.

My go-to ginger beer currently is Fever-Tree, which kicks the butt of any mass-produced ginger ale on the market. Beyond being great ice-cold, it's a treat when partially frozen into ginger beer slush.
I'll have to try that with one. Sounds like it could be good.
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Trader Joe's made a ginger beer a few years ago that was both really good, and pretty cheap relative to other ginger beers I've had. It also came in those flip-top rubber stoppered glass bottles like Grolsch beer. I wish I'd stocked up on it when it was available.

Goslings makes a ginger beer, as well, which isn't Jamaican style, but it's mostly hum-drum: a kicked up version of ginger ale. They would do be to stick to the black rum side of the Dark and Stormy.
I wish I'd tried the old Trader Joe's ginger beer. Their current version is very bitter.
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My go-to ginger beer currently is Fever-Tree, which kicks the butt of any mass-produced ginger ale on the market. Beyond being great ice-cold, it's a treat when partially frozen into ginger beer slush.
Concur. I also like their smaller bottles. I don't need such a big gulp to sate my cravings.

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I like the burn so itís Blenheimís Old #3 for me.
If I canít find that I like Cock ní Bull.
If find the Bundaberg too blah and flat.
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If you have a World Market store near you they always carry Bundaberg.
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For Americans: it's pronounced BUN-da-berg. Named after the Qld town where it's produced, an area where both ginger and sugarcane grow well. My Yank husband has contorted it into all kinds of faux-German BOON-der-BURGHHHH nonsense on more than one occasion.
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Concur. I also like their smaller bottles. I don't need such a big gulp to sate my cravings.
I'm the opposite. I like a ginger beer to "love me long time." Fever Tree is really good, but I want it in bigger bottles. Starting with 1 liter, ideally.
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Trader Joe's made a ginger beer a few years ago that was both really good, and pretty cheap relative to other ginger beers I've had. It also came in those flip-top rubber stoppered glass bottles like Grolsch beer. I wish I'd stocked up on it when it was available.

Goslings makes a ginger beer, as well, which isn't Jamaican style, but it's mostly hum-drum: a kicked up version of ginger ale. They would do be to stick to the black rum side of the Dark and Stormy.
Was it their Triple Ginger Brew? I just bought and consumed a bottle from one of their Southern California stores last week. It is a pretty strong ginger beer.
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I'll have to try the Bundaberg, if I can find it locally.

My go-to ginger beer currently is Fever-Tree, which kicks the butt of any mass-produced ginger ale on the market. Beyond being great ice-cold, it's a treat when partially frozen into ginger beer slush.
I can report the Bundaberg Ginger Slush is awesome. I let it freeze for about 45 minutes, I am really enjoying it currently.
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I don't know ginger beer in general, but Bundeberg is certainly good. You can get it at Costco, too.
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Bundaberg, rum and lime juice is a pretty tasty highball. Not quite a Dark and Stormy, but really close.
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Ginger related - Gingeroo, made by the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, is pretty tasty stuff. I've not seen anything else like it. Its sweet but it sure beats Canada Dry.
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For the extreme ginger aficionado, Powell and Mahoney used to make their Powell & Mahoney Old Ballycastle Ginger Vintage, a super strong non-alcoholic ginger syrup for mixing with, well, whatever you wanted. I still have a full bottle from a buying binge I went on years ago.

Sadly it seems the product is no longer available. But here's a nice picture.

I don't know how Powell and Mahoney's ginger beer product ranks amongst the others I've tried; I've never seen it in stores.
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Was it their Triple Ginger Brew? I just bought and consumed a bottle from one of their Southern California stores last week. It is a pretty strong ginger beer.
It was! They still make it; they just won't sell it to me? Jerks.
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It was! They still make it; they just won't sell it to me? Jerks.
Next time you are at TJs take a look around. For some reason they treat it as a seasonal beverage and only sell it during the last quarter of the year.
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I like Bundaberg well enough, but if you should try Stoney if you can get it.
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What no Crabbies? If you're gonna have ginger beer, might as well have it fermented.
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I've been impressed by the Crabbie's flavors I've tried. But around here it's rather pricey.
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Bundaberg, rum and lime juice is a pretty tasty highball. Not quite a Dark and Stormy, but really close.
That would be Bundaberg Rum of course.
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I guess that answered my question....Soda pop it is.

I had the same question. Thanks for asking it. On a note related to the OP, but non-alcohol related, the grocery store down the road from my apartment in Beijing now stocks Hey Song sarsaparilla from Taiwan. I like it, but I sure do miss the birch beer I got introduced to in my short stint in Pennsylvania.
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My husband's homemade. Just ginger, lemon, sugar, and a good long sit in the shed



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For Americans: it's pronounced BUN-da-berg. Named after the Qld town where it's produced, an area where both ginger and sugarcane grow well. My Yank husband has contorted it into all kinds of faux-German BOON-der-BURGHHHH nonsense on more than one occasion.
Your husband must be weird, as I can't conceive of a way to pronounce it besides the way you say.
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I don't know ginger beer in general, but Bundeberg is certainly good. You can get it at Costco, too.
My Costco has Fever Tree. I've had those two, Cock & Bull, plus a few others that escape me. I don't notice any big differences, no grapefruit taste and all are good.
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What's the best ginger beer ever?
The best I've had was home-brewed by a couple that was older than dirt 25 years ago. I haven't seen them since the 90s and only had their ginger beer twice, but it was absolutely excellent.
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has anyone tried fever tree ginger beer?
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What's the best ginger beer ever?

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My favorite ginger beers of the ones still being produced are Blenheim's (especially the "hot" pink-capped bottles), Buffalo Rock, Jamaica, and Gosling's.

I have not tried Fever Tree, or not that I recall. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Most ginger ale isn't strong enough to be a decent substitute for ginger beer. There are exceptions: the above-mentioned Buffalo Rock actually bills itself as ginger ale but it's as gingery and strong as any of the others in that list (well maybe not as strong as the Blenheim pink-cap).
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What do you have against zombie threads?
From the username clearly he finds ginger beer very important.
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Most ginger ale isn't strong enough to be a decent substitute for ginger beer. There are exceptions: the above-mentioned Buffalo Rock actually bills itself as ginger ale but it's as gingery and strong as any of the others in that list (well maybe not as strong as the Blenheim pink-cap).
I like Blenheim's xtra hot. I have a dozen bottles chilled right now. But is it anything more than their regular ginger ale with extra capsaicin added?
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