I'm a big fan of all things ginger. Ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger cookies, and pretty much anything that uses ginger as an ingredient. I will try just about anything that features ginger, and usually love it. When it comes to a ginger ale I want it to have a crisp flavor of ginger, without too much sweetness. I can't say I'm an expert on the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer, I think maybe ginger beer is allowed to ferment just a little longer resulting in a slight alcohol content, but even then I think it's so slight that a minor can purchase it (similar to root beer or a sasparilla). Either way, I tend to prefer ginger ale over ginger beer because the flavor tends to blend better. This is just a personal opinion and preference, and shouldn't sway your own purchases by any means.
Though I may experiment and stray a little, I always come back to my first love- seagram's ginger ale.
The flavor has remained consistent throughout the years. Always fresh, crisp, and refreshing. Great in recipes (food and cocktail alike), I prefer mine straight from the can, over ice. I have found, however, that Seagram's ginger ale blends very well with lemon vodka (a fun twist on the Moscow Mule), and it's fantastic in spicy barbeque recipes. Simmering chicken in ginger ale, along with some other spices, for instance, is a fantastic way to integrate the flavor of ginger into sauces without too much trouble or effort. Your friends will want to know your secret, trust me!