Humdinger Craft Soda is a local hand crafted soda company that makes their drinks using filtered water, cane sugar and all natural ingredients. The Church Hill-based company is just now getting their soda to market, look for the ginger ale at the Black Hand Coffee Company in the Museum District and closer to home at The Roosevelt on 25th Street and Shockoe’s Urban Farmhouse.
The ginger ale is ultra natural. No added coloring, flavours, and no preservatives. I literally chop the ginger and steep it to extract the flavour add a little cane sugar with a hint of lime and makes for a perfect bourbon mixer or straight from the bottle. I have done over a hundred different recipes to get it to where it is now so pretty happy with where it is at. Often times ginger ales will claim to be all natural but use natural flavoring such as capsicum to give it the bite, but mine comes straight from the ginger.
The label/logo was designed by a local artist, Jamie Douglas. We wanted to give ginger ale which has generally been a drink for old people a little youth and playfullness. Even the glass bottles are made in Toano, VA.
I’ve been mentored through the process by Arthur Carver who is a third generation ginger ale maker in the northern neck and whose family started Northern Neck Ginger Ale which they sold to coke a couple of years ago. To my knowledge I am the only person in Virginia selling all natural glass bottled ginger ale.