Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Retro Wednesday.....





I just couldn't leave that last lame entry as a real post...Sorry!

In 1862, a Detroit pharmacist named John Vernor went off to war. When he returned home, he had left some oaken barrels filled with vanilla, ginger, and some 'spices' sitting in his basement. When he tasted the 'aged' brew he exclaimed..."Deliciously Different". Thus America's FIRST true soft drink was born. Now some folks may claim that Hires Root Beer was the first. But variations of sasparilla had been around for several years, and there is not that much difference.
Vernors Ginger Ale is a very robust and highly carbonated drink. When you get it near your mouth, it's not uncommon to start sneezing. It tastes NOTHING like Schweppes or Canada Dry Ginger Ale. Maybe thats why after 1987, it no longer was referred to as a Ginger Ale, but a Ginger Soda. Thats when Schweppes bought them out!
But native Detroiters and Michiganders will always refer to it as Vernor's Ginger Ale. It used to be only distributed within 100 miles or so of Michigan, but now you can find it in many places. If you ever get a chance to try some, you'll be hooked.

Anyway....That leads me to this weeks Retro Wednesday offering. A vintage 1950's glass with the original logo on it. I keep it in the fancy china closet!!!!
Of course I do....Peace...!!!

12 comments:

Shadow said...

now this is a lot less eeeeuuuuuu, thank you.

lime said...

if i ever get back to the detroit area i hope you'll treat me to one of those.

Cazzie!!! said...

I want a root beer now :)

snowelf said...

Good morning G-man!

You know, I've never even tasted ginger ale.

--snow

dons_mind said...

ginger ale and coke - my favorite bar drink......

JihadGene said...

Loved the 50's glass! I'll stick with Hires root beer.

buffalodick said...

I didn't know there was other ginger ales while growing up.. Vernor's was and still is- the best! Not bad with whiskey, either!

Lulda Casadaga said...

Somehow this pepsi I'm drinking just isn't doing the trick...I need to find me a "Vernors".
I hope I can find one soon! :)

citizen of the world said...

Now Vernors, I know. My ex used to pick some up when he was in Michigan. That's one strong gingerale, but I like it.

S said...

My goodness, but you have a lot of stuff at your house.
When I was a kid, we used to inhale the Vernors bubbles (yes we have it in California) to make ourselves cough. It sorta takes your breath away....
:)

Serena said...

Well, of course you do.:) I like ginger ale, but I've never heard of that brand. Maybe they don't ship this far east. Maybe I'll get a sip one of these days...

G-Man said...

Shadow Dancing...First Again?

Limey....Thats automatic!!

Cazz...Hires to you!!

SnowElf!!!!!!...Hi Cutie!

Don...Maybe some day I can buy you one!

Clean Gene....Wassup??

Buff...Old, er, GREAT minds think alike!!

Lulda...You want me to send you some?

Hi Citizen of the World!!
I didn't scare you off eh?

Susie...I once bought Vernors in Arizona!!

Awww Sherry...You are Gingerly Deprived?
I'll see what I can do...:-)