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No Vernor's ginger ale in Poland?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
23 Jul 2010 #1
One of the thigns I miss most when in Poland is Vernor's ginger ale, a speciality of the Detroit area. They do have an alcoholic ginger beer in Poland called Ginger's, but Vernor's is non-alcoholic. I wonder why no-one has ever thought of marketing it in Poland. It would be a good alternative to the cola and sprite-type sodas.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
23 Jul 2010 #2
I think it's because of it's distinct taste.Not too many people like it even here in North America.I can't see myself even using it as a mixer but I do enjoy the flavour once in a while.
motylek 2 | 15
23 Jul 2010 #3
You can buy Canada Dry ginger ale at Świat Kuchnia.
MareGaea 29 | 2,752
23 Jul 2010 #4
I wonder why no-one has ever thought of marketing it in Poland.

You give the answer yourself:

a speciality of the Detroit area

I've been in the US many times and I drink Ginger Ale quite often. In Mnpls, for example, I never came across Vernor's Ginger Ale. If they don't or hardly market it outside the Detroit area, why on Earth would they market it in Poland? It's too specific, I guess. Some things don't get marketed outside the immediate surroundings of the producer. And that is normal. I never wondered why they don't sell "Herb's Barbecue Sauce" (a Bloomington MN producers) outside of Minnesota. At least, I never came across it anywhere else in the US, let alone Europe. Too bad, it's a great BBQ sauce in many varieties.

>^..^<

M-G (yay!)
polkamaniac 1 | 482
23 Jul 2010 #5
Vernor's may not be that popular,but here in Ontario it is readly available.



MareGaea 29 | 2,752
23 Jul 2010 #6
Ontario

Yeah, well, they only have to jump across the Detroit River to be in Ontario, eh? :)

>^..^<

M-G (yay!)
polkamaniac 1 | 482
24 Jul 2010 #7
Not really----we have moved on-we have a bridge and a tunnel to get across
ShawnH 8 | 1,501
24 Jul 2010 #8
bridge and a tunnel to get across

To be honest, they both suck. I prefer crossing at Port Huron if I can swing it!

You can buy Canada Dry ginger ale at Świat Kuchnia.

A fine beverage!
lowfunk99 10 | 397
24 Jul 2010 #9
To be honest its a regional thing. Its not even as good as it used to be. Old Vernors used to make you sneeze it was so strong. Ahhhh! Those were the days!
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
24 Jul 2010 #10
Another taste Poles don't seem to fancy is root beer -- whether Hires, A&W or whatever, many say it tastes like Crest toothpaste. Licorice is also none too popular amongst Poles.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
24 Jul 2010 #11
Not really---This Polak enjoys his Allsorts which are a mixture of candy and licorice.There are in the mixture solid licorice pieces---and guess which ones I like the best---the all licorice pieces.



lowfunk99 10 | 397
24 Jul 2010 #12
Rootbeer used to be made with sassafras. They found it had a chemical that could cause cancer. They came up with a formula that has wintergreen. That's why it can taste like toothpaste.
MareGaea 29 | 2,752
24 Jul 2010 #13
root beer

Root beer is gross! So it's not only Poles that don't like it. I think only few Europeans like it. And besides this, it's only popular in the US and Canada, it seems.

Not really

Oh really? :)

Allsorts which are a mixture of candy and licorice

It's actually a mixture of licorice and sweets made of coconut. We have it in NL too and we call it "Engelse Drop" (English Licorice). Personally I think it's ok, but in NL there are so many licorice varieties from sweet via salty to very very salty. My favourite is Kokindjes (untranslatable - would be sth like Co-children, which doesn't make sense), a soft and sweet licorice type. But I think there must be about 100+ licorice varieties in NL.

>^..^<

M-G (yay!)
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
24 Jul 2010 #14
Canada, it seems.

not anymore, but I usually drink water anyways.

but in NL there are so many licorice varieties from sweet via salty to very very salty.

I have tried some of that nasty stuff when my cousin was married to a Dutch guy (notice past tense;)

Aphro likes Dutch people a lot.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,905
24 Jul 2010 #15
But I think there must be about 100+ licorice varieties in NL.

You don't have that dreadful alcoholic liquorice, do you?
polkamaniac 1 | 482
24 Jul 2010 #16
Yes I do--and I splash a little in my cofee to give it that extra flavour.It's also good as an after dinner drink in a shot glass.



Seanus 15 | 19,706
30 Sep 2010 #17
Canada Dry is good but I'm drinking the real deal. Young's Special London Ale. I didn't realise til I saw the bill, 13PLN for 0.5PLN, ouch. Still, it's a class act!
pawian 168 | 11,113
30 Sep 2010 #18
but Vernor's is non-alcoholic. I wonder why no-one has ever thought of marketing it in Poland.

Because it is poison which deprives you of your manly powers.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
30 Sep 2010 #19
LOL :) Have you tried British ales, pawian? I adore many. I'm not just saying that because I'm British but many are well worth paying extra money for.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
30 Sep 2010 #20
One of the thigns I miss most when in Poland is Vernor's ginger ale,

Who would want to drink something called "Vernor" it sounds like a disease!

We have this :) So refreshing :D


  • A pure delight!
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
30 Sep 2010 #21
since I moved I would not mind having some Ginger drink here in Poland - it is a nice alternative to Coca Cola.....
Cardno85 31 | 976
1 Oct 2010 #22
I like a ginger ale on a flight (as long as there's some black label mixed in there!!). But if it's just the drink I prefer ginger beer. The best of that bunch I have ever had is Bundaberg Ginger Beer from Australia. But I make a mean one at home: crush ginger, lime and sugar syrup together and add sparkling water...you will need to strain it to avoid bits of ginger...but i prefer leaving them in.
AussieSheila 5 | 75
1 Oct 2010 #23
scotch and ginger ale mixed is my favourite drink, but no pubs in Poland serve whiskey which was disappointing (a friend told me they are expensive so they don't have them) . I ended up drinking Tyskie mixed with red bull most of the time. Drinking outdoors sucks too cause there's heaps of mozzies which is also strange as Poland is in temperate zone, not tropical areas.
Raj_ryder 10 | 106
1 Oct 2010 #24
but no pubs in Poland serve whiskey which was disappointing

Are you sure you went to a decent pub? I mean, as far as I have seen, almost every bar in Poland will serve you Jameson or JD. And its not very expensive either. I think JAmeson is like 11-13 zl for 40ml.
jonni 16 | 2,485
1 Oct 2010 #25
almost every bar in Poland will serve you Jameson or JD

Yes. And usually Johnnie Walker too. AusieSheila is a kind of troll, who by her own admission has only spent a holiday here. In my experience, pretty well every bar in PL stocks whisky.
pawian 168 | 11,113
1 Oct 2010 #26
Have you tried British ales, pawian?

Once or twice but stopped because they were too Bitter and too Pale.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
1 Oct 2010 #27
Pale, that's the point! In all my experience of beer tasting in different countries, I think ales are a notch or two up. They are a taste experience!
Des Essientes 7 | 1,291
13 Jun 2011 #28
Vernor's ginger ale, a speciality of the Detroit area.

My parents are from there and my mother likes that stuff. I find it absolutely disgusting, and I will drink almost anything, but that stuff is repellent, and its not that I dislike ginger, far from it, I love ginger in food especially of the Thai variety.
jon357 63 | 14,604
25 Sep 2014 #29
Marks & Spencer sell their own brand which is quite good - also Ginger Beer.


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