Vernors Ginger Soda

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Hello - I know that the word “soda” actually appears on the can. However, having been a Detroit resident for the first 22 years of my life, it should be noted that Vernors as well as any other soft drink was ALWAYS referred to as “pop” in Michigan. Cheers to Vernors pop!

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The Pop vs. Soda debates is one of my favorites. You should check out this linguistic heat map:

http://popvssoda.com/

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Vernor’s is amazing, I’ve even gotten my wife (who’s from Texas) to search it out whenever she feels sick. Its high ginger content makes it a potent stomach settler. Before it started to be more readily available outside the State of Michigan, my dad used to have a couple cases shipped to him when they lived out in Massachusetts for a couple years.

Also, if you’re in the Detroit Area, they actually have Vernor’s Ice Cream. It’s amazingly delicious.

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I had the pleasure of having Vernors Ginger Soda while staying at the Dearborn Inn last summer. After talking with the hostess in the hospitality room I realized why I never had encountered it before, being from East Texas. She told me that it is only available in the Michigan area which surprised me because it is far superior to other National and store brands. My surprise the soda in manufactured in the Dallas area (Plano, TX). Now I need to figure out how to get into a factory tour and slip a few cases out the door.

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I know that it sounds cliche but Vernors just does not taste the same as it did before the company was sold in the 1960s. Originally it included stevia as part of its flavorings formulation that was removed at the time that it was sold as was the barrel aging that gave it a stronger, and to me much better taste.
It is still the best ginger beer out there but it is nowhere near as good as it was.

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As a born-and-raised Michigander, Vernor’s is still my go-to whenever I have an upset stomach. Because I grew up drinking it, it doesn’t seem that strong to me, but when I’ve had non-Michiganders taste it I’ve gotten some interesting reactions.

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I live in Columbus, OH now, and we can find it in a few stores down here. But yes, its distribution is definitely limited.

I can find Vernors at my local grocery store chain here in Oklahoma. They must be fans?!

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On a funnier note, I recall being a kid (growing up in Michigan) and my best friend and I would put Vernor’s in his dog’s bowl. He’d go over to drink it (the dog, not my friend) and the bubbles would burst up into his nose, and he’d scrunch it all up and sneeze.

It was hilarious when you were eight. Now it’s just mean, of course… but… :slight_smile:

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The Vernor’s sneeze is essential to the pop experience.

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I would LOVE to try Vernors Ice Cream. I was born in Cleveland and lived there several years, but always visited my grandparents whenever possible from Illinois where we couldn’t get it at that time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vernor’s on good vanilla ice cream on a hot day.
I tell people I am tall because I was raised on Vernors.
Sometimes I baste it on a ham in my slow cooker.
I get Vernor’s now in Portland, Oregon.

As a life long Detroiter, it’s Vernors Ginger Ale (what is this “soda” of which you speak?). It used to be for stomach aches when I was a child, and now it’s for mixing with the Irish Whisky of your choice.

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I grew up in Hammond, IN and Vernors was readily available at grocery stores. I love the spicy flavor. Now, I live in Boise, ID and can get it at some of the stores that stock “retro” sodas. Cost Plus/World Market for one. We also have a local retro candy store, Cravins, that stocks several older brands of soda.

I’m with you on pop. I always thought soda came in a box as a white powder.

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I grew up drinking Vernor’s in southern Ohio, and I love it. I moved to Utah in 1975, and I was surprised to find it at a local grocery chain here. But nowadays I buy it almost anywhere. I’ve seen it in LA, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, San Jose, Portland, and many other locations. I’ve even found it on tap in soda machines. I’m not sure why you’re claiming it’s so hard to come by. Dr Pepper didn’t buy the brand just so they could limit distribution to certain parts of the country.

I have never tried Vernor’s in my 72 years, but I have tried Birmingham Alabama’s Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale. With a similar history, it has lasted over 100 years. It’s an acquired taste, but many folks swear by it.

https://buffalorockgingerale.com/

No one who drinks Vernors in its home city calls it soda. It was always called Vernors Ginger Ale by those who drink it, and besides, this is pop territory. You might as well call New Orleans’ beignets “powdered donuts.”

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Grew up in northern NJ - my dad liked Vernor’s and bought it from time to time so it would be in the house. I never tried it…as a kid I thought all ginger ale was gross, which is funny since I drink it all the time now LOL - go figure. Also, it was always “soda” for us…never even heard someone refer to it as “pop” until I moved to FL in the early 90s and someone asked me if I wanted a “pop” - to which I gave a confused look, because a pop to me was a punch, usually in the face. LOL

As a child in in Detroit in the 50’s, I went on school trips to the Vernors’ bottling plant. At the end of the tour we each got to drink a Boston Cooler made of Vernors and cream (not ice cream) out of a funny, slightly cone shaped green cardboard container.
I also was given hot Vernors for a sore throat or cold. Yum.
The local lore had it that Vernors was only available in Detroit and surrounding areas because of the water there. Which is really interesting, because Detroit’s tap water was treated and recycled back then.