Blenheim Ginger Ale is America’s favorite old-timey spicy ginger ale. Our family run business based at America’s favorite roadside attraction, South of the Border in Hamer, SC, has been making the most flavorful ginger ale on the market for over 100 years. Every once in a while we like to spotlight one of the fine stores that carry the best hot ginger ale on the planet.
This month we visit the Sweet Briar Country Market in Lexington, NC. In addition to carrying Good Old Blenheim Ginger Ale, they carry Amish foods, bulk foods, fresh baked goods, all-natural meats and much more. Located in the downtown section of North Carolina’s barbeque capitol, this store brings a great variety of classic country market goods to shoppers. Here’s the front so you won’t cruise by it’s location at 28 West 2nd Street.
Look for the We Sell Old Fashion Blenheim Ginger Ale sign as you walk down the street.
How about a bag of delicious sweets? They sell all sorts of candy from classics like Squirrel Nut Zippers and liquorice to different kinds of gummy candy that the kids just love. An with Valentine’s Day right around the corner all the chocolate flavors and fudge would be perfect.
If one nice, cold Blenheim Ginger Ale just isn’t enough for you, grab a whole case while you are here.
Sweet Briar Country Market has just about any spice or seasoning mix that you might want. We brought home some whole nutmeg and a little gadget that had a place to store a piece of nutmeg inside and a fine grater. Now our Bechamel sauce really has real zing to it.
Amish foods are a specialty at Sweet Briar in Lexington, NC. You can find jams, jellies, honey, salsas and a wide variety of pickled vegetables. The pickled eggs are a must try and they go really well with our Old #3 spicy ginger ale.
So the next you around Lexington, NC and get the craving for the best ginger ale on the planet, stop by Sweet Briar Country Market and pick up a case or three of Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale. If you can’t find our ginger ale near you, we can ship it to you by the case directly from the Blenheim Shop. Our Interactive Blenheim Store Locator will help you find the retailer nearest to you.
Blenheim Ginger Ale is one of America’s oldest independent soft drink companies. We have been using natural ingredients to craft the finest fiery ginger ale on the market. Located on the grounds of the South of the Border tourist complex, we produce small batches with care and love. Although this makes Blenheim Ginger Ale a little more difficult to obtain, the best things in life come with a bit of work.
Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale is an incredible cocktail mixer. Our kicked up blast of ginger flavor takes any drink to the next level. Our feature drink this time is the El Diablo, which was invented by Victor Jules Bergeron Jr. who founded Trader Vic’s. Trader Vic’s is a Polynesian-themed restaurant chain that began in the 1930’s in Oakland, California. They are also the originator of the Mai Tai cocktail. The recipe for the El Diablo can be found in their cook book “Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drinks” published in 1946 by Doubleday Publishing.
To make the El Diablo you will need:
Squeeze the half lime into a highball glass and then drop the spent half into the glass.
Pack with cracked ice and then add the tequila and crème de cassis. Stir gently.
Top with our spicy ginger ale and enjoy responsibly.
Fans on the Blenheim Ginger Ale Facebook Page were the first to get this great offer. During the holiday season of 2013 we will include a free t-shirt when you order a case of our spicy ginger ale. Join us on Facebook so you can get the latest offers, news and updates about Good Ole Blenheim.
Do you have a favorite drink, food or cocktail recipe that make with one of our spicy ginger ale products? Leave a comment below and we might feature it in an upcoming blog post.
Blenheim Ginger Ale has a new Interactive Store Locator Map so you that you can find out where to buy America’s oldest independent soft drink and the spiciest ginger ale on the planet. Our fans on the Blenheim Facebook Page often ask us what store in their area has our products. Now everyone can find out by clicking on their state for a list of smart retailers with exceptionally good taste in sodas near them.
We will also be featuring a Blenheim retailer on our blog every once in while, like the Mast General Store. They have several locations throughout the Carolinas where you can purchase Good Ole Blenheim. In an upcoming article, we shine the spotlight an Amish-style general store in Lexington, NC that stocks all of the Blenheim Ginger Ale products, along with candy, meats, cheese and homemade baked goods. I have personally tested out the pie and bread for you guys already and they are magnificent. So check back for that article coming up soon.
If you know a place in your neck of the woods that has Good Ole Blenheim and isn’t listed on our map, you can send us a Tweet to @GoodOleBlenheim and we will add them to our list of fine vendors that carry Blenheim Ginger Ale.
If you don’t have a retailer near you, you can always order from the our Blenheim Ginger Ale Online Store and we will ship some Good Old Blenheim Ginger Ale directly to your home.
Here at Blenheim Ginger Ale we are always interested in what people think of our products. Our ginger ale dates back 110 years to 1903 when Dr. R.C. Mays began adding Jamaican ginger to the mineral spring waters found in Blenheim, SC to improve the strong taste. To this day, Blenheim Ginger Ale remains a small, family-run boutique soda company with a product that delights and enthralls some, but can be a sensory overload to other folks delicate little taste buds.
We recently found this review of Blenheim Old #3 Red Cap on the Soda Tasting Youtube Channel. It’s a pretty good representation of how people feel about our powerful ginger ale. Some love the spicy smackdown on their tongue, while it’s a bit too much for others. Of course, we also offer a slightly tamer version with a little less heat, but that same full-flavor ginger kick. Our #5 Gold Cap Blenheim Ginger Ale is pretty smooth, but with a giant ginger flavor that outshines that dull ginger ale in dull plastic bottles from the grocery store.
The Hot Diggity Philly guys also gave us quick little shout out. They carry a great selection of small, independent sodas from all over the country, and we are glad they have included Blenheim Ginger Ale in their shop.
But our favorite video is from Act Three’s channel. His friends have apparently challenged him to chug a bottle of our spicy Old #3 Red cap, and being a brave soul he accepts the challenge. The look on his face and his expression when he finishes the bottle is priceless. And he ends it with what should be our new slogan~”Now that’s a ginger ale”.
Our new Store Locator Interactive Map will help you find a vendor near you that carries Blenheim Ginger Ale, or you can order from our Webstore and we will ship you a case of Blenheim Ginger Ale directly to your doorstep.
Blenheim Ginger Ale is getting ready for the cool, wonderful fall weather that’s set to invade the Carolina’s very soon. It’s been a long hot summer here at South of the Border in Hamer, SC, almost as hot as our Old #3 Ginger Ale in the S.O.B cocktail. This month we start a new blog series called the “Vendor Spotlight”. Every so often we will highlight one of the fine retailers that has the good taste to carry the great taste of Good Ole Blenheim.
One of the great Southern Fall traditions for many families is a yearly trek to the Appalachian Mountains. Nearly every October we head up toward the Blue Ridge Parkway to buy farm fresh apples and check out the changing color of the Fall leaves. We really love when the leaves match our bottle cap colors of Gold and Red.
While you are exploring the splendid sights in the mountains of North Carolina, you are never far from an icy cold bottle of Good Ole Blenheim. One of our biggest vendors is the Mast General Store family of traditional mercantile goods shops. We don’t often find too many businesses old than us, but their original location in Valle Crucis, NC has been in business since 1883 and that’s 20 years more than Blenheim. We don’t often find too many businesses older than us, and we salute the spirit of this fine company.
Mast General Store is on the National Register of Historic Sites as one of the best examples of an old-timey country story. Their motto of “Cradle to Caskets” meant they tried to carry anything the families of the valley might need for daily life. Soon people begin to have a saying “If you can’t buy it here, you don’t need it.” You could buy everything from cloth to make diapers to plows for the field. At various times you could also find a doctor’s office, post office and trading post inside the store. It was truly the community hub of Valle Crucis.
Now Mast General Store has expanded to 8 locations throughout Appalachia and the Carolinas. Their stores stretch from Knoxville, TN to Greenville, SC and include cities like Boone, Asheville and Hendersonville in the N. Carolina mountain country. So anywhere along your Fall leaf watching and apple picking sojourn, a spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale won’t be far away to kill that Autumn chill.
If you don’t live near the Blenheim Ginger Ale headquarters at South of the Border Tourist Attraction, you can use the Blenheim Store Locator to find a vendor near you. We also offer direct Factory-to-Door shipping from the Blenheim Ginger Ale Online Shop.
This is the only store directly owned, operated and run by Blenheim Ginger Ale, and the only place you can get the new Mixed Case which allows you to choose any of the Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale flavors you prefer.
Blenheim Ginger Ale has an exciting new announcement to make this summer. We all know old saying “Variety is the Spice of Life” right? Now you can have a variety of the spicy, delicious flavors of Blenheim Ginger Ale with our new product the “Mixed Case”.
Dad might like the fiery kick of our Old #3 recipe for his Dark and Stormy, but the kids can only handle the spicy but smooth #5 when they drink Good Ole Blenheim. In addition, Aunt Gertrude is watching her figure and wants a #9 Diet to drink after Zumba is over.
Now you can make the whole family happy by selecting a Mixed Case of Blenheim Ginger Ale and choosing 4 6-packs of any of our Blenheim Ginger Ale flavors to fill out a case. Each drop-down box can select any Blenheim Ginger Ale flavor, leaving you with dozens of great combinations. This can save you quite a bit in shipping 6 packs individually, or having to order multiple cases of each flavor.
Check out Blenheim Ginger Ale’s web-store for this amazing new offer to get a great deal, and to get an even greater home-style ginger ale with over 100 years of South Carolina tradition behind it, Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale.
Just like almost everyone else this time of year, our thoughts here at Blenheim Ginger Ale turn to one thing. The BIG GAME. The Big Game is right around the corner, and you have the Buffalo wings, pizza, chips and dip ready to go. You also have a 6 pack of your favorite beverage getting icy cold in the fridge. Yep, 6 tall frosty bottles of Blenheim Ginger Ale just waiting to be poured out and turned into a cocktail, or served straight up over ice.
No ordinary glass is fit for your icy cold and fiery hot Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale. So what do you put your Old #3 into? We can’t think of too many things better than a customized Blenheim Ginger Ale glass. Since you’re already surfing the web reading this, we suggest you point your browser toward Etsy. Etsy is an online store that specializes in handmade crafts. There you will find the Bottlehood store that carries a line of uniquely handcrafted tumblers and vases. They have turned empty Blenheim Ginger Ale bottles into tumblers to hold your cocktail creations. These incredible artists from San Diego upcycle non-returnable glass bottles to help save the environment, and create beautiful art at the same time.
Ok, now that the adults have their beverages in hand, how about the kids? Need something a little milder for the young ones? Once you have your new Blenheim Ginger Ale glass, fill it up about half way with your kid’s favorite Blenheim flavor and add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Then top your glass off with little more ginger ale for the tastiest ice cream float on the planet. It’s creamy, cool and spicy all at the same time. Kids will love a Blenheim Ginger Ale float to go with their pizza rolls.
This great idea came from one of our fans on our official Blenheim Facebook page. We also can be found on Twitter. Everyone at Blenheim Ginger Ale and the entire Schafer family wish you much joy and prosperity in the New Year.
Wow, Blenheim Ginger Ale Fans! That’s all we can say about the tremendous response we have been getting to last months online store opening. Thank you so much for all the messages and orders. We made the store available around 3:00am Eastern Time and by 6:00am we had our first order. A night owl from California grabbed up the first factory direct shipment of spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale bottles.
From then on, the orders for Old #3 Hot, #5 Not as Hot and #9 Diet have been coming in steady and strong. A test email newsletter went out to 10% of our email subscribers. About 60% of you opened and read our letter, over 3 times the national average. To read more about the online store, be sure to check out last month’s blog for the full story. And please realize we are a small boutique family run ginger ale company. We don’t crank out thousands of bottles every day, but rest assured you get the best quality ginger ale on the market. Besides, if you want it quick but bland you wouldn’t be looking for Blenheim Ginger Ale anyway right?
We always love to hear feedback from our fans and customers. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a quick hello, a new recipe idea or long love letter about your passion for Blenheim. We welcome them all. One of our biggest requests has been for more products featuring the Blenheim Ginger Ale name and logo. We have a few things in the works and hope to announce them very soon. Make sure you stay turned to the blog through our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook page for all the latest developments on Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale.
Blenheim Bottlers is happy to announce our online store is ready and waiting to begin shipping Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale. The Old Fashioned Ginger Ale that started in the 20th Century now moves into the 21st Century. Back in 1903 when Blenheim Ginger began being bottled, no one could have imagined a time when it would be available to every home in America.
Well, it only took us 100 years to be able to do it, but we are ready to roll. Now you can enjoy spicy hot Blenheim Ginger Ale in your home anywhere you live. No more searching far and wide for the rare bottles of Blenheim Ginger Ale you crave, because now we can deliver it right to your doorstep. Whether it’s the ginger smashed Old #3 Hot, the powerful #5 Regular or our dynamite Diet #9, you can now have your fridge stocked full all the time.
Now you can have Oldtimey Blenheim Ginger Ale delivered in a completely New School way by placing your order with our online store. We are ready to begin taking orders immediately and start shipping them by the case right to your home. The price for each case of 4 6-packs of 12oz. glass bottles is only $24, and shipping varies by location. So that’s only $1 per bottle for the sweet, hot, fireball flavor of a bottle of Blenheim Ginger Ale. No more paying high prices from other websites or resellers. You can now get Blenheim direct and fresh from the factory to your fridge. The milkman used to deliver to your door, now Blenheim Ginger Ale has taken over that job!
It’s the dog days of summer here in Hamer, SC, the home of Good Ole’ Blenheim Ginger Ale, and it’s hotter than blue blazes around here. We even saw Pedro from South of the Border sweating! We know from our last post what a cool refreshing treat Blenheim Ginger Ale can be in the summer time. This time, we head in the opposite direction to show you how to beat the heat with the heat.
On hot days, we often think of cool and refreshing foods like ice cream, cold sodas and watermelon. But in many of the world’s hottest regions, the food itself is fiery like Good Ole’ Blenheim #3. Consider Indian curry, spicy Thai soup, or Jamaican jerk sauce. These places are where hot chile peppers grow, so they know about heat. They eat super spicy foods all summer long, as well as in the winter. Ever wonder why? Well now you know.
The reason for this comes from a thing called “gustatory facial sweating”. Those are some pretty big words, but we have an expert to explain it to us. Luke LaBorde, a professor of food science at Penn State University explains that this happens when we eat a spicy food, or drink a fiery Blenheim Ginger Ale. The spicy heat of the food causes a person’s face to sweat. The sweat is then evaporated from the skin, which has a cooling effect.
There are other more involved explanations involving digestion, blood flow and such which are way above our pay grade. But take our word for it, some very smart doctors and food scientists have it all worked out. We like to concentrate on the flavor part of the equation. That’s why we take the time to brew Blenheim Ginger Ale in small batches from our secret recipe that has been perfected over the course of our 100+ years.
Until next time, take it easy out there, keep plenty of ice cold Blenheim Ginger Ale around, and drink the heat to beat the heat. As always you can check the Blenheim Store Locator to find it near you. You can always find it in stock at the shops on the South of the Border Tourist Complex grounds, and be sure to check out their new Reptile Lagoon attraction.