Ginger Ale & Ginger Beer Tasting Results

By Posted in - Soda Tasting & Vintage Bottled Soda on January 15th, 2014 4 Comments


This past Monday January 13th and Tuesday January 14th we held another of our monthly Soda Tasting Event featuring 10 different Ginger Ales and Ginger Beers from across the Nation as well as from across the pond. For the first time we included 2 of our International Soda’s. We sold tickets via our website for the event, which gave customers the opportunity to try 10 of our most popular Ginger Ales & Ginger Beers we have to offer here at Antiqology.

The attendee’s had the opportunity to learn about the history of Ginger Ale & Ginger Beer in general, as well as a brief history on each of the 10 different sodas that we tried that night. We also talked about the differences between a “Golden Ginger” and a “Dry Ginger”, as well as what makes the difference between a Ginger Ale and a Ginger Beer. The feedback from the event has been nothing but positive.

We sampled 10 of our most popular ginger-flavored sodas that we have available in the shop, and asked our attendee’s to rate them on a scale of 1 to 5. With 10 people each night, for a total of 20 people rating them, each soda had a potential of 100 points. Here are the results;

  1. Blenheim #5 Not-So-Hot Ginger Ale (Hamer, SC) – 83 points
  2. Bundaberg Ginger Beer (Bundaberg, Australia) – 79 points
  3. Vernor’s Ginger Ale (Plano, TX) – 71 points
  4. Boylan Ginger Ale (Teterboro, NJ) – 62 points
  5. Ale-8-One Ginger Ale (Winchester, KY) – 58 points
  6. Sioux City Ginger Beer (Whitestone, NY) – 57 points
  7. Sprecher Ginger Ale (Glendale, WI) – 45 points
  8. Fentiman’s Ginger Beer (Northumberland, UK) – 45 points
  9. Reed’s Ginger Beer (Los Angeles, CA) – 40 points
  10. Excel Golden Ginger (Breeze, IL) – 37 points

No surprise on the winner with Blenheim. We did try the “Not-So-Hot” #5 version at the tasting event as we didn’t want to turn the heat up to much on our customers. They do offer a #3 “Spicy Extra-Hot” that packs quite a punch. For more information on Blenheim check out The Blenheim Ginger Ale Story. We should note that we did have a tie for the #7 place between Sprecher Ginger Ale & Fentiman’s Ginger Beer.

We currently have many more Ginger-Flavored sodas available in the shop, we just took a selection of some of our 10 best selling ones. We took a selection of for this event to show the attendee’s that “Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer is not created equal” and gave them the opportunity to taste 10 very different and unique flavors that Ginger is known for; from a very “Dry” ginger ale, to a “Golden” ginger ale, to a “Fiery Burn” that is often associated to ginger beer, and many in-between. Like with all our soda-tasting events our customer’s really enjoyed it. If you have never attended one we’d really recommend giving it a try!

We will be holding a COLA tasting in February featuring 10 different unique flavors as well.  Tickets are already SOLD OUT!


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  • Sharon - Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    The top three were definitely my three favorites from the evening. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed Vernor’s! Thank you for hosting such a great evening.

    • Antiqology - Reply

      January 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

      It’s amazing what CANE SUGAR does for a soda (especially Vernor’s). -Adam

  • Christina Gaskill - Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I had fun and didn’t realize how different the taste was between all of them some of them more unique then others but the top two I agree with and think everyone should give it a whirl 🙂

  • Lucas Esch - Reply

    January 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    This was an excellent event, showcasing the history and differences between the sodas, while providing a very diverse group of flavors. I enjoyed many of the comments people had about the different tastes. (Tree bark?) An enjoyable evening experience and a chance to try something new!

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