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Regional Sodas (or Pops)

All this talk about Vernor's and other sodas (what we call them in PA; that's another thread)got me thinking about all of the regional sodas. I collect ACL soda bottles. Those are the ones with painted labels on the bottles (or Applied Color Labels). I have many regional brands. For example, in the Philly area we had Frank's. In Allentown, PA there is or was A-Treat soda. What brands are or were in your area? What regional brands have you tried in your travels?
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/12 23:30:32 (permalink)
    In CT, we had Undina brand. Wicked good white birch beer. I think they're gone now, but I'm not sure.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/12 23:33:55 (permalink)
    I forgot to mention that Undina was made in Higganum, CT, a fact that gave me no end of pleasure when I was a kid.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 05:06:37 (permalink)
    When I was a kid we had Calandra..it came in every color of the rainbow.. I have a picture of me with a bottle of the stuff and I actually found an old bottle at a local antique shop. Boy I miss it! It came in a neat swirled bottle.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 05:25:43 (permalink)
    A few specific's come to mind--
    In my youth in SoCal, Mission Orange was the orange flavor that drew the crowd! Nehi was up there too, but I believe it was Nationwide (Radar O'Reily??)
    Currently in Kentucky Ale 81 is still being bottled and sold.
    And never forget Moxie in New England. Nowadays you can find it in the Markets in SoCal at times.
    Does Big Red qualify? It did 25 years ago, but seems to have expanded it's marketing efforts in the last 10 years or so.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 06:52:28 (permalink)
    Barq's was a local brand that went national. Nehi was national. The national brands all have local or regional bottlers. Mission and Nesbitt's were California brands.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 07:16:33 (permalink)
    Christmas wouldn't be complete without either a case ofMa's or Shep's. Dad would take me to the distributor (as we have here in PA, you can't buy cases of beer in 95% of the stores), and we'd hand pick a variety pack of soda (bottles). I was most partial to the orange, cherry and lime, hated root beer and cream.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 07:48:53 (permalink)
    We have Fanta grape and orange, and of course Blenheim's Ginger Ale ! RC Cola is somewhat regional to the South ( I think )

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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 08:04:45 (permalink)
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    All this talk about Vernor's and other sodas (what we call them in PA; that's another thread)got me thinking about all of the regional sodas. I collect ACL soda bottles. Those are the ones with painted labels on the bottles (or Applied Color Labels). I have many regional brands. For example, in the Philly area we had Frank's. In Allentown, PA there is or was A-Treat soda. What brands are or were in your area? What regional brands have you tried in your travels?


    Frank's isn't around anymore?
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 08:36:37 (permalink)
    You can still find white birch in the New Haven area. Foxon Park is the brand, been around for awhile. It's available in Italian markets and some grocery stores, but the best place to enjoy it is with an apizza at Pepe's or Modern, where it's almost an insult to drink anything else.
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    In CT, we had Undina brand. Wicked good white birch beer. I think they're gone now, but I'm not sure.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 09:03:12 (permalink)
    Frank's is no longer made in Philly. I believe it is made in North Jersey and its distribution is spotty. You can't find Frank's in too many stores anymore.
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    quote:
    Originally posted by CheeseWit

    All this talk about Vernor's and other sodas (what we call them in PA; that's another thread)got me thinking about all of the regional sodas. I collect ACL soda bottles. Those are the ones with painted labels on the bottles (or Applied Color Labels). I have many regional brands. For example, in the Philly area we had Frank's. In Allentown, PA there is or was A-Treat soda. What brands are or were in your area? What regional brands have you tried in your travels?


    Frank's isn't around anymore?
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 09:05:59 (permalink)
    How about Hosmer Mountain in Eastern CT!
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:00:57 (permalink)
    anyone remember PURPLE PASSION , crazy can for those days
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:30:18 (permalink)
    The NY area had Hoffmans,which was available only in quarts....usually bought by the case at beverage barns....
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:36:40 (permalink)
    I'd forgotten about Foxon Park. We had Paramount that was from West Haven and, of course, there was Cott's (Its Cott to be good.) from New Haven. Another soda I recall from Connecticut was X-TRA Cola. It came in a bottle that had two wide sections with a narrow section in the middle.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:40:14 (permalink)
    My favorite is Ting (grapefruit), it is from jamacia, the draw back to traveling. I am just happy that I finally found a place in the US that carries it.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:46:39 (permalink)
    Where does JOLT Cola fit in? The double sugar and double caffine it used as it's teaser ads got the attention of many teenagers. We still see it in SoCal. Is it regional or a subset of one of the Big Boys??
    Same question for BIG RED? For years my Secretary had to have a 44oz Big Gulp of BIG RED each morning, while everyone else had their coffee.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:47:24 (permalink)
    In addition to Vernor's (the fantastic ginger ale that inspired the discussion), Detroit is home to Faygo. It has many different varieties (I like Rock 'n Rye).

    A dearly departed local pop (yes, I am calling it pop) was Towne Club. Towne Club had thirty or forty different flavors (some of them in lovely day-glo colors). You returned your bottles to the Towne Club store and bought new cases.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:50:31 (permalink)
    I know that Big Red is not common here in the Northwest. I have only ever seen it in a specialty soda shop.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 12:52:54 (permalink)
    Vernor's deserves it's reputation as a leader among the Ginger Ale's in my book.
    Ahhhh, Faygo, I used to think the only one to drink was"REDPOP",their strawberry Soda. A big cup of that with a scoop of either Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream and I was set for the day !!!
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 13:01:25 (permalink)
    Wait, there's more...

    Not sure if these are national/regional or what...

    CHERIKEE RED (spelling is correct!)---great cherry soda!
    50/50 and WINK (grapefruit! Yum!)
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 13:56:05 (permalink)
    Didnt? Squirt used to be somewhat regional before expanding nationwide. I know we never saw it on the east coast growing up.

    50/50 and Wink are great. I really enjoyed them.

    Growing up in NYC and having an abundance of good kosher delis makes me partial to Dr. Browns. Now it is part of a large conglomerate, but back in the day it was the best. The Cel-Ray soda was really strong and you either hated it or loved it. The modern version is pretty dumbed down.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 13:56:38 (permalink)
    WINK was/is a Coke product, isn't it? Or an independent bottled by our Coke Bottler?? It is better than SQUIRT! (IMHO)
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 14:20:01 (permalink)
    Wink was national. Jolt Cola had national distribution also. Squirt was a regional brand (in many regions).
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 15:53:14 (permalink)
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    We have Fanta grape and orange, and of course Blenheim's Ginger Ale ! RC Cola is somewhat regional to the South ( I think )




    Actually we have RC here in Cali.. but does anyone else have Shasta or is that just the west?
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 16:55:46 (permalink)
    We had Squirt in eastern Kansas in the early 1970's. I'm not sure how long before that it was around because that's as far back as I can remember. I used to always get a bottle of Squirt in the barbershop when I was a kid. If I remember right the bottles were green and had a little kid(the squirt) in yellow. I sure do miss pop(yea that's what we call sodas in Kansas) in glass bottles, it just doesn't taste right in cans or plastic.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 17:11:20 (permalink)
    Your memory serves you correctly: Squirt was in green bottles with a little kid in yellow. I miss soda in bottles too. That's part of the reason I collect soda bottles and not cans.
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    We had Squirt in eastern Kansas in the early 1970's. I'm not sure how long before that it was around because that's as far back as I can remember. I used to always get a bottle of Squirt in the barbershop when I was a kid. If I remember right the bottles were green and had a little kid(the squirt) in yellow. I sure do miss pop(yea that's what we call sodas in Kansas) in glass bottles, it just doesn't taste right in cans or plastic.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 17:13:29 (permalink)
    If you are looking for soda in bottles. try www.sodaking.com, almost everything that they have is in bottles.
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 17:14:50 (permalink)
    sorry about this the link is www.sodaking.com without the comma at the end. :(
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    RE: Regional Sodas (or Pops) 2003/05/13 17:50:26 (permalink)
    Jen,
    Shasta is a West Coast (almost generic) brand. Their one claim to fame was getting placed on the kitchen table for the opening scene and credits of the "ROSANNE" show, where the camera circles the table looking over peoples shoulders at the folks across the table from them...Rosanne's (TV) family. They paid a ton of money to be used as the soda for the show, and made the most of it in their advertising 15 years ago (or whenever the TV show was big???)
    Shasta is one of the few West Coast distributors to make use of the three (3) liter bottle. The Big Companies never pushed the three liter in SoCal like they do here in the Mid-West.
    Thanks for the word on JOLT. It is/was nasty for sure!.
    I have never built much of a taste for Big Red. It is VERY popular here in the Louisville area and further South. For those who haven't tried it, think of a carbonated soda that tastes a lot like the old Fleer's Bubble-Gum, and you are close to Big Red
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