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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/01 16:27:40 (permalink)
Definitely a Vernor's fan here too - grew up in Michigan so had the "real deal" first hand. And the diet's not -too- bad either. [:P] Yesterday my daughter and I were at a local A&W/KFC outlet and she had the A&W rootbeer from the tap, but it tasted strange. Dunno if it was a bad batch or maybe the tap wasn't mixing stuff right - it definitely tasted different from what A&W root beer should taste like. When I can't get Vernor's (some stores here carry it, others don't), my ginger ale of choice is Canada Dry. Which used to make my very favorite soda: Cherry Ginger Ale! I don't know why they stopped making it; the raspberry and cranberry versions just don't make it, but that Cherry Ginger Ale was the best stuff.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/01 16:44:20 (permalink)
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lennonlover2005 Posted - 01/01/2006 : 15:45:39
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To roossy90 and fpczyz and anyone else here that loves Vernor's and CANNOT find it in their locale...I would be more than willing to send you a bottle or can no charge( I AM SEROUS!)...j


yes indeed a very nice thing to do.................... and you said it comes in a bottle?? now that's what I would love to have. I'd drink the Vernor's and fill up the empty bottle with tea ,recap it and have it sitting on my desk as a reminder of what was the best Pop ever made.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/01 16:47:13 (permalink)
Hello, all... after many years of reading, this seemed like a fine first topic on which to post.

While I always make a point to enjoy a Vernor's or six when I travel through the Midwest, my favorite regional ginger ale is actually Blenheim, from South Carolina. When last I had it, it was still available only in glass bottles, and in varying degrees of hotness. The bite of Blenheim, and its strong true-to-ginger flavor, makes it a favorite.

But my real addiction is to a New England regional soda, Polar Orange Dry, which is available in both regular and diet versions. The soda, made with 10 percent orange juice, is reminiscent of Orangina, but I prefer the flavor of the Polar version. Whenever I drive through New England, I fill my car with many, many cases. Polar makes a wide range of other unusual sodas-- I picked up a bottle of Pomegranate Dry on my last trip through-- as well as two types of ginger ale, the pale dry version that most brands offer, as well as the sweeter, darker "golden" variety.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/02 18:51:52 (permalink)
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Originally posted by El Guapo

Hello, all... after many years of reading, this seemed like a fine first topic on which to post.

While I always make a point to enjoy a Vernor's or six when I travel through the Midwest, my favorite regional ginger ale is actually Blenheim, from South Carolina. When last I had it, it was still available only in glass bottles, and in varying degrees of hotness. The bite of Blenheim, and its strong true-to-ginger flavor, makes it a favorite.

But my real addiction is to a New England regional soda, Polar Orange Dry, which is available in both regular and diet versions. The soda, made with 10 percent orange juice, is reminiscent of Orangina, but I prefer the flavor of the Polar version. Whenever I drive through New England, I fill my car with many, many cases. Polar makes a wide range of other unusual sodas-- I picked up a bottle of Pomegranate Dry on my last trip through-- as well as two types of ginger ale, the pale dry version that most brands offer, as well as the sweeter, darker "golden" variety.


See Polar all the time here, wish it was vernors! HA HA...
Soon, soon, I will be south again..and be able to sneeze at my favorite sodsa!
Thanks for the offer, Lennonlover!

Tara
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/02 19:10:44 (permalink)


I love Hire's Rootbeer, but it is hard to find in my part of Michigan!!
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/03 19:15:23 (permalink)
oops, I didnt mean to call you a lemmonlover.. lol.. i just changed my faux pax... sorry..
LOL at myself here....
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/04 19:02:06 (permalink)
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Originally posted by MilwFoodlovers
Another good Wisconsin drink is Gray's Gourmet Root Beer. They've been around forever.

Happy New Year

CSD

Gray's has been around since 1856. I used to be their brewmaster. If you like your soft drinks made with cane sugar instead of HFCS, they still do.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/10 16:37:33 (permalink)
My favorite drink is Grapico, but would only have one as a treat because of the sugar and calories. Now there is a Diet Grapico and it is wonderful. Wal-mart and a few other stores here carry it. I buy a 12 pack every week.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/10 17:03:15 (permalink)
There was time when that HoJO housed a Jimmies of Savin Rock restaurant. And yes, there was a time that a JB special or a pie from Sorrento's could stand up strong and proud to the boyz on Wooster st.
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Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

Foxon Park Birch Beer and Stewart's Root Beer.

A Faxon Park and a JB Special from the now closed BiMonte's Pizza was a great combo -- delivered to my hotel room down the block at the now closed Howard Johnson's made the trip worthwhile.

(That HoJo is one of the only decent ones I've encountered in recent years ... it is now being renovated into a Clarion, by the same operators. The new place will be a valid place to stay, but probably a lot more pricey.)
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2006/01/10 18:15:15 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Pigiron

I stay away from sugar, so my favorites are:

Diet Dr. Pepper
Dr. Brown's Diet Cream
Stewarts Diet Root Beer
and I just re-discovered FRESCA. It's good!


The new Fresca is great. FRESCA Black Cherry is quite a thirst quencher!
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 18:00:33 (permalink)
I was wondering if it was possible for someone to explain what cheerwine is. I'm aware that it is a soft drink but was wondering if someone could describe what it is and what the market area for this drink is. Thanks, Tom
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 18:07:10 (permalink)
Has Tahitian Treat been mentioned?
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 18:20:36 (permalink)
Tom - Cheerwine is made in North Carolina and is marketed in the Southeast. We have it here in northeast Tennessee. It's like super-cherry-ish Dr. Pepper. I liked it okay, but it was a little too sweet for my tastes, and I was drinking the diet one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheerwine

My "local" favorite soda has to be Dr. Enuf - bottled right here in Johnson City, Tennessee! It's similar to ginger ale, or maybe Ale 8 One (a Kentucky area soda), but really has a clean taste and is very refreshing. Comes in original and herbal (which is cherry-flavored), diet and regular. I like the diet original best (I don't drink regular sodas.)
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 19:14:47 (permalink)
Tahitian Treat and Wink are/were two of my all-time favorites.

I can regularly find TT; adult Hawaiian Punch. When I'm craving pseudo grapefruit fizz I can occasionally get Squirt at my local Publix (or more reliably when I go back to NE Ohio to visit my Mom). Growing up there was another grapefruit soda called 50-50; I think it was made by Cotton Club (I think from Cleveland; most likely defunct). Also really liked the Lemon Sour soda that was made by Golden Age another NE Ohio area soft drink bottler that I'm sure is defunct.

I agree with angeltearsmc's assessment of Cheerwine. It was distributed here in NW Florida for a bit years ago and I took a liking to it. I'm in North Carolina two or three times a year and always try to remember to bring a few bottles back with me.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 19:29:57 (permalink)
Hello old topic ...

Vernor's ... I t has been a while, has it been adulterated by a corporation?

Foxon ... Still awesome.

What ever happened to Canfield's?

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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 19:37:37 (permalink)
Thank you Angletearsmc for your speedy reply. I have enjoyed Dr. Pepper since first tasting it in Wyoming in 1961 but at the time lived in Massachusetts and didn't even see it again for about 15 years. I still drink it on a semi-regular basis. I will have to try Cherrywine when the opportunity comes up. Thanks again, Tom
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 20:44:45 (permalink)
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Some friends sent me a six pack of root beer (I'll try to dig up the name) from somewhere in WI. It was excellent.

Kemper products out here in the west is always a good, premium, choice.




sprecher root beer.. its brewed like 5 miles from my house in milwaukee i think its the best

also if your ever in milwaukee they give free tours with free samples
which is nice if your over 21 cuz they also make beer
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 21:57:01 (permalink)
My vote will go to Ale-8-One. No soda mixes better with Bourbon.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 22:27:55 (permalink)
I like IBC Root Beer, and I love and ice cold NEHI orange soda.

We can still get NEHI right here in So. Cal
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 22:51:08 (permalink)
Apparently Bruce Bilmes, webmaster extraordinaire, likes Cheerwine, too -- because he posted my canned soda picture over a more appropriate chicken photo from my review of Price's Chicken Coop today. I lived in SC almost all my life and cannot live with Cheerwine. I am now privileged to live in eastern CT, where I drink Hosmer Mountain sodas regularly, locally bottled and 20+ flavors. They have a Coke and Pepsi equivalent (called "Cola Red" and "Cola Blue," respectively) that actually taste better than the originals...low carbonation and a smooth, full-bodied taste.

Then again, my grandparents live in San Antonio, and every summer we'd visit and I'd drink Big Red until I was sick!
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 23:17:36 (permalink)
I love Vernors, and my mom always makes sure to have some in the fridge when I'm visiting my family in Ohio - can't get it here in New England. Polar Golden Ginger Ale ain't bad, but it ain't Vernors. (Is it my imagination, or is Vernors sweeter than it was 20 years ago?)

Also - A&W draft & cream soda, Stewart's root beer, and Schweppe's Bitter Lemon (on the rare occasions I can find it - I got hooked on it in Europe, but rarely see it in the states). I like Dr. Pepper but prefer Mr. Pibbs. Every now & then I try a Fanta Red Pop for nostalgia's sake, but I can't say I really like it anymore.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/11 23:34:42 (permalink)
Vernor's: ok, but a little sweet for ginger ale.
Cheerwine (courtesy Tara): very good.
Delaware Punch: THE BEST!
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 01:02:58 (permalink)
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Apparently Bruce Bilmes, webmaster extraordinaire, likes Cheerwine, too -- because he posted my canned soda picture over a more appropriate chicken photo from my review of Price's Chicken Coop today.

Ha! Actually, I've had Cheerwine only once or twice. I like it, but the real reason I put that photo on top was I just liked it - the cans of Cheerwine, the fried pie, the sweet potato pie, and the cardboard take-out box just made for an evocative Roadfood tableau (and it's a better photo, too).

Hank's root beer, a Philly brand, is delicious and vanilla-creamy, and priced within reason. The luxury-priced Virgil's root beer is extraordinary, full of interesting flavor, lots of body - more of a sipping root beer. I wish I could get Manhattan Specials around here - it's an espresso soda made with sugar, excellent stuff. And I love Coke when it's made with real sugar, ice-cold directly from those sexy little Coke bottles.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 01:36:57 (permalink)
Stewart's Root Beer & Cream Soda... and of course COKE
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 11:28:27 (permalink)

Someone asked if the Vernor's recipe had changed. I was wondering about that also. It seems to be a bit sweeter and doesn't seem to 'burn' as much. That may just be my aging tastebuds though. Vernors is about the only thing I purchase at our local Meijers store. It is a Michigan based Wally-World sort of place, but they do stock Vernors in regular and diet format as well as a number of FAYGO Flavors. My grandkids seem to love the 'Red Pop' strawberry soda.

I recall that COTT's soda in the Northeast used to offer two types of Ginger Ale...one was "Extra Dry", with a light flavor and color but enough "fizz" to really do a nice job of burning your throat if you gulped it too fast. The second was a "Golden", which seemed to be close to the VERNORS formula. From reading the posts above it seems that POLAR has done much the same in their recipes.

My description of Cheerwine would be a very sweet cherry soda. I don't taste the cola/dr pepper influence at all in it. It is available now and then in the Louisville area...but you have to search it out !!
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 11:46:24 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Bruce Bilmes & Sue Boyle

And I love Coke when it's made with real sugar, ice-cold directly from those sexy little Coke bottles.


They *are* sexy! I guess it's all shapes and Freud; Mexican Coke is the closest thing you can easily get to it around here. The yellow-topped two-liter bottles of kosher Coke (with sugar) are available in the spring, but it's not quite the same as the sexy glass bottle.

I'm a Cheerwine dissenter as well. It's cherry soda and it's just too sweet for me. You can occasionally find Cheerwine ice cream in the supermarkets around here, and I think it makes more sense as an ice cream flavor. I will gladly haul it up to the relatives in MN though, and I have taken it to the West coast for a NC-native junkie friend of mine.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 11:48:22 (permalink)
Your taste buds are hundreds of years older than mine Al, and I say the same about Vernors not burning as it once did.
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 12:15:02 (permalink)
1919 Root Beer from New Ulm , MN. Only available in kegs
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 12:40:46 (permalink)
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My description of Cheerwine would be a very sweet cherry soda. I don't taste the cola/dr pepper influence at all in it. It is available now and then in the Louisville area...but you have to search it out !!


You're right, Al, I've seen it in parts on TN, too. Similarly, I used to think that Big Red was only in Texas, but I've bought it as far north as WV and as far west as the L.A. area!
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RE: Best Soda Pop in the USA! 2007/12/12 13:17:21 (permalink)
Big Red is sort of unique. It seems to be available in many parts of the country, but is not well known in many of those same areas. When I returned to SoCal in 1986 I found Big Red in many of the 'discount coolers' in the ARCO AM/PM Mini-Marts, yet very few of my students had every tried it. They were suprized to see a photo I posted in class of a BIG RED vending machine (like the Coke and Pepsi can dispensers) and claimed to have never heard of it...but it was sitting in the mini-marts in their area. Thats a sign of pretty poor marketing plans on the part of the company. My secretary at the college here in Indiana used to start her day with a 44 oz Big Gulp of Big Red. it is a common fountain beverage here in the Louisville area.

The Sprecher Root Beer from Wisconsin is outstanding. I recommend it for any root beer lover. Ann gave us a six-pack of Dang's Butterscotch Root Beer a few weeks ago when we met in Milwaukee. I must admit I could get attached to it. Think of drinking a good root beer while having a mouthful of butterscotch Life Savers.

I have yet to come across an orange soda that equals the old SoCal brands of Mission or Nesbitts. Nehi is close but is missing something in the transition.
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