Blenheim Ginger Ale Just Might Be Hotter Than Charleston Real Estate

Dated: 02/12/2019

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Many years ago, a friend and I ventured from our Army duty station at Ft. Bragg, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC for some beach fun.  On the way back, we happened upon a little produce shack off a single lane country road in South Carolina, Hwy 38. It really was a shack—dilapidated wood paneling with peeling paint, dirt floor, a tin roof that had given way to let the sun stream in and crates of local produce. On one wooden shelf was a six-pack of Blenheim Ginger Ale. I had never seen the brand before so I decided to pick one up.

I’m glad I did.

My view of carbonated beverages changed from that point on. I had never been very keen on sodas. They always came across as uninspired, empty calories.  I’d tip a Vernors or Sprite every now and again, but never sought it out. This was different. The spice of the ginger (and whatever else they threw in there) was exhilarating! You cannot drink it without some sort of reaction. Some talk about sneezing fits, instantaneous sinus evacuations, tears, or coughing—in the best way possible. 

Blenheim #3 HOT: Intense Flavor

I like when my food and drink commands a (positive) reaction.  Here, you can decide how intense you want that reaction to be. There are 3 different varieties of Blenheim that you can choose from: their diet #9 with a white cap.  It’s diet, so… you know, if that’s your thing. Then, there’s the regular #5 gold cap, which is good for those who don’t have the internal fortitude for the real thing. Then, there’s the main event, the #3 Hot. For me, it’s the only reason to show up. It’s the kind of flavor and sensation that you feel instantly and remember forever. You’ll tell your friends about it.  And they’ll tell their friends about it.

I came to find out that Blenheim Ginger Ale was a micro local brand. Until fairly recently, it could not be found outside of South Carolina. It has seen more exposure of late and has popped up more and more places around the world. In a time where craft, micro and artisanal are buzzwords Blenheim just stays true to what they have always done. They’re family owned and operated and use the same recipe that has been used since before there were any other sodas. That’s right, they are the first soda makers in the USA. In fact, legend has it that the mineral springs that went into the first batch were discovered in 1781 when a young patriot was trying to elude Tory soldiers. Long story short, his shoe got stuck in a spring hole and when he went back to retrieve it, he sampled the water only to discover the incredible flavor to be had.

There’s history in every bottle.

Since I first discovered Blenheim Ginger Ale, I left the Carolinas and saw much of the world, yet the spicy golden elixir has maintained a place in my heart. It’s kinda hard to forget. I’ve tried ginger beers, ales and many in between. There is still nothing that comes close. That little produce shack on the side of the road has long since been removed to make way for a larger highway, but it’s good to know that some things don’t change. Now that I’m back in the Carolinas, I’m glad to be able to find it whenever I have the craving for some delicious—albeit intense—flavor.

Blenheim Ginger Ale is truly a taste of South Carolina.

Blenheim Ginger Ale in the Lowcountry

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Abasi Chapman

I am a husband, father and real estate agent with the top Charleston Agents Team with Berkshire Hathaway in the Charleston, South Carolina area specializing in state to state moves and welcoming famil....

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  • Posted by Larry Murray
    04/02/2019
    Bleinhams is absolutely the best and there is nothing like it. I found a place in West Palm Beach, FL that keeps it cold and in stock!!

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