Efforts are bubbling up again for the return of a Northern Neck favorite


by Jackie Nunnery

Will the familiar red and green packaging return to store shelves? Photo by Chip Jones, Northern Neck Foundation

The Northern Neck Foundation (NNF) has been created with a goal of bringing back Northern Neck Ginger Ale, a beloved product of Westmoreland County for nearly a century.

The group, whose board of directors includes four natives of the region, seeks other die-hard fans to form an advisory council to “assist in guiding the board of directors in making decisions and provide a resource pool to further the mission.” According to its website, the volunteers will be selected based on “experience, skills, resources and community leadership.”

In 1926, Arthur Carver first bottled the distinctive and bubbly Carver’s Special Ginger Ale in Montross before being reformulated and renamed Northern Neck Ginger Ale in 1930. Following its purchase by the Coca-Cola Company in 2001, production moved out of the Northern Neck to a plant in Sandston before the soda giant announced its discontinuation among….

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