Dry County and Vernors Ginger Ale

Vernors Ginger AleWithout the Civil War, There Would Be No Vernors. Before the conflict began, James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, had concocted a new drink. When Vernor was called off to war in 1862, he stored the secret mixture in an oak cask in his pharmacy. After returning from battle four years later, he opened his secret keg and found the drink inside had been transformed. -http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/brands/vernors/

Growing up in Michigan, we knew Vernors ginger ale was an awesome soft drink. It was a very spicy ginger ale and used to be only bottled and sold in Michigan. Mothers all over Detroit would heat it and give it to their kids when they were sick. Later you could get it in the surrounding states. Finally a major soda company picked it up and you can usually find it just about anywhere…

Except Barren County Kentucky!!!

Since Art has quit caffeine he searched for a soft drink that does not contain sugar or caffeine. He has settled on Diet Vernors. We looked in the stores in Cave City, Kentucky and there is no Vernors to be had. What could be the problem? The only thing I can think of is that Vernors is so strong and powerful that folks around here fear the drink. Since Barren county is a “dry” county we are assuming that Vernors was placed on the forbidden list. People here drink Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and Mt. Dew…..but Vernors is not allowed.

I hope this prohibition is overturned soon!!!

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