Hyper-effervescent and strong, Vernors was the brainchild of James Vernor, who was looking to make a better recipe for ginger ale before he was drafted to fight in the Civil War. Vernor allegedly stored the ale in oak barrels during his four years of service and returned to find it stronger and better than it was when he left.
Today, it's still a popular Midwestern pop. Vernors even has its own specialized ice cream shake version, which, though served in Detroit, is called a "Boston Cooler." The Vernor family sold the brand to independent investors in the 1960s. Today, Dr Pepper Snapple Group owns Vernors.
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