If A.J. Stephans is more like the original Cock 'n Bull I may see if I can find both brands and try the Mule with each.
--Mike-- I walked into an antique store the other day and found myself in a conversation with the owner on how we used to use the items that he had for sale. True story. In other words: You know you're getting old when you walk into an antique store and find yourself saying "I remember those."
I brew my own using real ginger beer plant.
I have to say, I miss Old Jamaica ginger beer from my UK days (the best I can find here is Bundaberg which I find rather enjoyable and refreshing and Cock and Bull (not quite as good as Bundaberg). I'm not sure if the Old Jamaica is a brewed product or not (It has been a year since I was able to gulp one down).
I remember being bored enough to make my own ginger beer (I've made it a few times over the years) when I first returned home from life in the UK (ginger beer being unavailable where I was in Idaho). I was inspired by an episode of Alton Brown's where he made a simple ginger ale with a ginger syrup, some active yeast, and let it work for 48 hours. I think all I did was up the sugar (using brown sugar) and used about 8x his amount of ginger (and I used older ginger at that). Fiery and nice. This thread has made me want to brew up a batch now.
If you are looking for a SPICY ginger beer.....I recommend Goya brand ginger beer.....it can be found in most ethnic foods sections in grocery stores.......it'll damn near knock the wind out of ya! Great stuff....IMO.
Is it okay to link to a blogpost of mine? I reviewed a bunch of different ginger ales/beers that I've tried. You guys might find it worth reading. Or maybe not. You decide. :)