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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/28 14:38:02 (permalink)

Felix, the only way I got Vernors up until a few months ago was either when my
sister would bring down about three cases from Chicago or we had to go on vacation
back up to Detroit/Windsor. I was surprised to see it hit the shelves here, but
it's mainly in the Wal-Marts...which relates to a story back in April - went
over to the local CVS (doesn't sell Vernors) one afternoon & saw the 7UP truck
unload their order, which just about emptied the truck..and what was left,
besides a few loose 7UP bottles: one Vernors 12-pack by itself. I wanted to
ask the driver if I could buy that case, but didn't know if he would sell it
to me or not?

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/29 07:36:38 (permalink)
I've never even heard of most of the products in this poll, but I voted for Big Red anyway.

An obvious choice for a Cornellian!!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/29 08:54:13 (permalink)
Just gotta love ya Mr. Mayor!!! Y'all come visit and I will take you to Gering Bakery (see Stern's review) and get ya a REAL cabbage burger. I do like my Pepsi & Coke, but none of them strange reagional "POPS" for me, we will feed them to the prisoners!

I am off to make some more life changes.

Take care, be happy!!!

The Judge (minus her clown shoes)
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/29 09:09:24 (permalink)
Wally,
If you like the flavor of a real sweet Cream Soda..Or can imagine what the taste of Carbonated Bubble Gum would be, you are close to the "Big Red" experience!

Judge, When you down your first (or second!) MOXIE you will be converted !
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/29 09:17:42 (permalink)
I always keep a good supply of Cheerwine on hand when I'm at home in North Carolina. I would have a hard time deciding between Cheerwine and any of the Sprecher's drinks (root beer, cream soda or orange cream) if both were available in the same area.

That Saturday morning Sprecher's brewery tour is fantastic. I had to go back for a second Saturday because I had already been through my 9 beer tickets before I tried the free sodas on the first tour. I saved some capacity for the outstanding rb, cs and oc the second time. Great stuff.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/30 01:22:16 (permalink)
Forgot to mentioned that I sampled Vernor's Ginger soda at the Red Square Cafe. I liked it a lot. Dr. Brown's Celery soda was avaiable at the Jewish Community Center Deli and Kornblatt's here in Portland and is a favorite of mine. Will have to order Cheerwine and the Manhattan drink on-line.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/30 22:15:04 (permalink)
Whenever I go to Kentucky I load up on Ale 8. It was made for bourbon.

There is a similar soda in north east Tenn. I think it is called Dr. Enuf. I find it good, but Ale 8 seems to have a little more ginger in it. It has a little more of kick, which works well with the bourbon.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/06/30 23:35:34 (permalink)
GREEN RIVER WHEN I CAN GET IT, NOT HERE IN FLORIDA THOUGH
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/06 20:04:40 (permalink)
Recently I was lucky enough to find Cheerwine, RC and A&W Root Beer, all made with real sugar at a local Lowe's Grocery store. They were in long neck bottles and were expensive but very good. Also found various Jones sodas made with real sugar.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/07 08:33:21 (permalink)
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Originally posted by John B

Recently I was lucky enough to find Cheerwine, RC and A&W Root Beer, all made with real sugar at a local Lowe's Grocery store. They were in long neck bottles and were expensive but very good. Also found various Jones sodas made with real sugar.


Really? I'm always surprised by how many "gourmet" or "healthy" sodas use NFCS instead of sugar and get away with it. Most of the Jones I see is either diet or uses HFCS (altho' they do have several bottlers, including one in Canada IIRC) and even the Hansen/Blue Sky brands (found mostly in health food sections or stores) is a HFCS user.

I'd buy a lot more Boylan's if they distributed better in central NJ -I found their sodas all over the Catskill Mt. region last fall but it's rare just a few dozen miles south of it's North Jersey home. I think I enjoyed my Boylan Black Cherry soda at a new "Philly-style" cheesesteak joint, Willy's, in Red Bank the other day as much as I did the sandwich and fries.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/07 12:22:52 (permalink)
growing up in Northeasten PA, we always drank Birchola. It was a birch beer made by a company named Crystal. I've never seen it outside of the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area.

But, it's yummy.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/10 12:21:43 (permalink)
As I kid, growing up in Mass, I remember that Polar sodas were very popular. We had Cranberry Dry, Orange Dry and Raspberry Lime sodas all the time. One other one that I used to love was Squirt...I can't seem to find it anywhere around here anymore.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/19 17:00:50 (permalink)
Always loved Polar's Orange Dry as a child, and recently tried it again and still do!!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/19 19:28:39 (permalink)
I am so overdue for Vernors!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/20 13:26:02 (permalink)
1Mainiac:

Polar Orange Dry is the BEST! Have you tried the cranberry dry or the raspberry lime that they make? Also great choices!

Oh and I saw your post about Sweet Potatoes and how you're trying to get your child to like them by doing the french fries...I'm not sure if you have a Whole Foods or Stew Leonards up in Maine...but they carry Sweet Potato Chips! That may help! I was the same way as a kid..wouldn't touch them...but now I can't get enough!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/20 14:28:55 (permalink)
red cherry crush, ramblin root beer(no longer made since coke bought bargs), hires root beer, grape nehi.... when I was a kid, way back when, soda came in glass bottles, I would go to the store and buy a 6 pack of 1 each coke, hires, cherry crush, orange crush, 7up and a grape nehi for 60 cents plus 2 cents a btl deposit. ahh the good old days. Remember when coke took coke off the market, introduced new coke (yuck o la) and then brought coke back with corn syrup instead of sugar. Occasionally, here in Texas. you can find coke made in Mexico in 16 oz bottles made with real sugar. What a diifference in taste.coke
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/20 22:04:45 (permalink)
You can still get Coke with sugar during the Passover season, but you'll probably only find it if you live in a city with a large Jewish population. In Baltimore you go to the grocery stores in Pikesville area. I'll go the Giant on Old Court Road, which is right off of 695.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/21 04:27:06 (permalink)
We have a small grocery store here that carries many sodas from Mexico including Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, and Fresca. But I really enjoy the many flavors of Jarritos: lime, mandarin, pineapple, fruit punch, etc. These are also made with real sugar instead of cs.
You can see 'em here: [url][/url]http://www.mexgrocer.com/brand-jarritos.html[url][/url]

Oh, and Big Red is awesome!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/21 06:28:11 (permalink)
I remember Foul Cheese soda. It was around in the 60's and I had my first one in North Carolina, on a road trip with a friend. We couldn't believe how great it was and we stopped at the next gas station with a machine outside and we got another each. It's one of my fondest memories!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/21 06:45:46 (permalink)
Growing up just north of Boston, White Rock used to make a great Birch Beer that I remember getting from the ice cream truck in the neighborhood.
Polar still makes it...but that is the only one I can find....other than the monster 30+ oz draft birch beer that I get at Harolds in Edison when I travel to NJ on business.
Probably some of the best pastrami that I have ever had.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/30 13:42:42 (permalink)
I think I endorsed the SPRECHER ROOT BEER somewhere else on this thread, but I must say a bit more about it. I have seen a couple of the TV foodie celebs take the tour of the brewery in Milwaukee where they make this stuff. I am so used to the celebs going bananas over whatever they taste that I was hesitant to try the soda as it was being hyped a lot and I didn't want to be disappointed. Plus it is $4.50 a four-pack of 16 oz glass bottles...a lot more than Vernors, or Big Red, or Cheerwine here in Louisville. So I got a four-pack and chilled it and Janet and I have shared a couple and I sent one to "Legal Lady" in Nebraska to get an objective judgement on it . I must admit it is the best Root Bear I have ever tasted. I am a soda freak. I drink way too much of the stuff, and this Root Beer is at the top of the list in my book! If you haven't tried it yet, and like good Root Beer, Find some somewhere and give it the test. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/30 13:46:54 (permalink)
Mr. Mayor-
I had my first experience of Sprecher's root beer just a few weeks. I was at Benji's and along with the hoppel poppel, made an excellent breakfast. It is clearly the best bottled root beer I have ever had. I would still rank it just a notch below what they serve at the Mug 'n Bun in Indy, though.

Next time I am in Milwaukee, I am definitely going to do the tour!
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/30 19:29:28 (permalink)
Does anyone know if Canada has any soda/pop they call their own?
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/07/30 19:32:53 (permalink)
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Franks Black Cherry Wischniak in the Philly area. A classic.


I used to call Franks black cherry wischniak my elixir when I was growing up. I loved it so much. I only see it around on occasion now, usually at a deli.
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2007/08/19 00:11:06 (permalink)
Found a wonderful spot in Vancouver, Washington called "Moxie's on Main". It is a gourmet soda shop with specialty sodas from all over the world. Sampled the Manhattan Special Expresso soda mentioned here and found it sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste, just like coffee. The store has promised me a call when Cheerwine comes in .
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2008/08/29 13:38:07 (permalink)

Just got my first 12-pack of Buffalo Rock ginger ale yesterday...and the verdict: Ouch!
Now I know why it's labeled "Southern Spice"! " />
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2008/08/29 13:51:12 (permalink)
Green River

Sprecher's Red Raven & Ginger Ales

Vernor's
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2008/08/29 21:03:31 (permalink)
Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer is great
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2008/08/30 22:21:37 (permalink)
Now I perfectly understand this thread is all about the local/regional sodas, but I must add in a Coca-Cola note here. In Northern California where I'm living now, you can purchase glass bottle Coca-Cola made with real sugar - not High-Fructose Corn Syrup. It's all imported from Mexico for some reason and easily available at the Mexican restaurants. So very, very good when it's ice cold. The way God intended for Coca-Cola to be consumed.

All that being said, no other regional faves from NorCal, but I do love my Bleinheim's and Cheerwine from time to time back South....
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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? 2008/08/30 22:42:45 (permalink)
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Originally posted by wmceaton

Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer is great



I'll second that..love it...and we can get it in Jersey,too!
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