DETROIT - If you could bottle Detroit, it would likely taste like Vernors.
The iconic pop (no, not soda. We're in Michigan, people) is celebrating its 150th birthday this year after first being created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor.
"it was made stronger, it was made sweeter. It was made different than other ginger ales, and it remains very unique today," said Keith Wunderlich, a Vernors super fan who has been collecting memorabilia of the ginger ale drink for more than 35 years.
Vernors almost never happened
According to Wunderlich, Vernor was working at a drug store, tinkering with the ginger ale formula, when he decided to enlist in the military when the Civil War broke out.
Four years later, he returned to an unexpected discovery.
"So, he took out that cask of ginger ale extract and all of a sudden it was perfect. That four years of aging had mellowed the taste and made it much more drinkable then it had been without that mellowing," Wunderlich said.
Historical marker for Vernors
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