Last year, I went to Seattle for a conference. While there, I became obsessed with Rachel's Ginger Beer, to the tune of 3-4 bottles a day. Since then, I've been on a quest to find a ginger beer or ginger ale on the east coast that comes close to Rachel's. I haven't found it yet. However, when I went to the grocery store the other day, I realized that I had tried most of the ones they had there, but I don't remember which I liked and which I didn't because I haven't been keeping track. So, I feel like it's important to document my quest by posting reviews here on my blog which has been defunct for seven years.
I want to specify that I am only interested in ginger beers and ales as soft drinks. I don't give a shit what makes the best Moscow Mules or Dark and Stormies. Most internet lists only treat ginger beers as mixers and not as independent beverages in their own right. And some that get recommended on those lists taste like alcohol is missing from them. I don't have time for that mess.
Here are the rules: I'm going to use a 10-point scale, 10 being Rachel's.
Also, I would be glad to hear recommendations. However, don't recommend Vernors; I've tried it, it's crap, and I will not take you seriously. If Rachel's is 10, Vernors is 0. That's the spectrum.