What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop?

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What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 8:04 PM
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Whoever made that list up needs to admit that there's a western part of the continent too. I've heard of only one of those (Moxie) and tasted none. Never even encountered them. Jeeze louise.

Some suggestions:
Jones Soda
Stewart's Beverages
Dublin Dr. Pepper
Jarritos
Penafiel

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 8:54 PM
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I have lived in the East all of my life and have never had one of these drinks and have heard of only two of them.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 8:54 PM
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I'm in Michigan, travelled extensively over the East, and I've heard of not one thing on that list.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:03 PM
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I have heard of Dr Brown's Cel-Ray--but it ain't no favorite of mine.
Does it mix well with bourbon ????

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:06 PM
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You don't know Moxie? It's great stuff. Picture a soda concocted from 85% root beer and 15% turpentine. Yummm..

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:11 PM
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Well they don't have any of those in my neck of the woods

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:18 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by LegalLady

Well they don't have any of those in my neck of the woods



I think it is because the population is so low there and they don't want to kill any of you guys off.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:36 PM
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FYI - when I put the poll together, the idea was to identify unique, specific flavors with a regional identity, not regional brands of soda that come in many flavors. No doubt there are other unique regional flavors out there. If you know of any, please post them!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:46 PM
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Only one I've tried has been Big Red.. Not even sure if it's available around here anymore.. (Thats even if it's the same Big Red in the survey)..

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 9:48 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Bruce Bilmes & Sue Boyle

FYI - when I put the poll together, the idea was to identify unique, specific flavors with a regional identity, not regional brands of soda that come in many flavors. No doubt there are other unique regional flavors out there. If you know of any, please post them!

Vernor's!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sat, 06/23/07 10:24 PM
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I finally found the new Polar Classics line last week and was unimpressed. When I treat myself to a rare soft drink I'll stick to Boylan's.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 2:53 PM
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Franks Black Cherry Wischniak in the Philly area. A classic.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 3:08 PM
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Vernors

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 3:26 PM
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Way back when- growing up in Upstate NY- there was a local soda brewer- Zeeh's- they had the best grape and orange and saspirella (?) sodas anywhere. When we were home for a visit 8 summers ago we were saddened to learn that they were no longer in business. Too bad, they were really good, relatively inexpensive, and delivered right to your door!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 3:38 PM
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I posted this on the other thread about this survey... but will add it here.
I like MOXIE. Cheerwine is ok, but not something I would drink on a regular basis. I used to be addicted to Big Red, but not so much anymore. I like Dr'Browns Black Cherry and Root Beer, but the Cel-Ray is disgusting. All of these are available in the Louisville area.

Where's the Mission Orange, VERNOR's GingerAle, Or Faygo RedPop?

I would put Vernor's at the top of my list, followed by RedPop, then Big Red and MOXIE.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 3:46 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Poverty Pete

You don't know Moxie? It's great stuff. Picture a soda concocted from 85% root beer and 15% turpentine. Yummm..


I thought it was, 85% turpentine and 15% root beer.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 4:08 PM
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I would add Sun-Drop

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 4:31 PM
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What about Ale-8-One?

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 4:35 PM
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STEWARTS AND JONES IS SOME GOOD STUFF, YOU CAN ORDER THEM AT ANY CRACKER BARREL RESTAURANT,MUST BE A SOUTHERN SODA

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 4:36 PM
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I could have sworn I saw a post in this thread earlier touting Foxon Park birch beer. I was planning on agreeing with that post. Foxon Park birch beer is fantastic. Although, I always drank the Foxon Park orange soda with my apizza when I was a kid. As I recall, that was one of just two soda brands available at Pepe's. The other was Paramount, which was bottled in West haven by the Spiegel family.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 4:40 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by phatphil

STEWARTS AND JONES IS SOME GOOD STUFF, YOU CAN ORDER THEM AT ANY CRACKER BARREL RESTAURANT,MUST BE A SOUTHERN SODA

I don't know about Jones, but Stewart's originated in Mansfield, Ohio.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 5:02 PM
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I believe Jones is Western Canada in origin.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 5:37 PM
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On behalf of my son, Ian:

Cheerwine, which we get in NC every year and have had shipped to the house.

I love Blenheim ginger ale.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 6:08 PM
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I don't know if they're still in business but there use to be a company out of the Binghamton N.Y. area called fawn beverages that were delicious. the orange soda even had orange pulp in it.
fawn

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 7:06 PM
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Stewart's and Jones are both national brands now. Any soda you can get in places like Cracker Barrel, Panera Bread, and Target are bound to compromise their quality at some point. In my earlier post I expressed my fondness for Boylan's but I completely forgot about Cooper's Cave Brewery in Glens Falls, NY. I don't know where to get it other than at the brewery. They make several varieties, all excellent, as are their beers. The only other soda I drink on occasion is the carbonated version of PJ's BBQ lingonberry soda. I think it's called Crystal Beach. You can get it at PJ's or at upstate NY Price Choppers and Hannafords. It's quite sweet. I recommend watering it down about 25%.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Sun, 06/24/07 8:00 PM
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I've heard of all those sodas except "Manhattan Special" but never tried any of them, so I couldn't vote.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 8:53 AM
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Stewart's and, I beleive, Jones, are available as specialty items in Massachusetts, usually at delis, dog shops and the like and sometimes in specialty markets. I thought they had limited national distribution. Jarritos is also available in Latin markets and some supermarkets with Latin foods sections.

Manhattan Special is my pick. On it's own it's tasty, quite sweet, and not something I'd drink a lot of, but it makes the best ice cream sodas ever. Sweet expresso soda over good vanilla. Wish I could get some for our 3rd of July cookout! When I lived in NYC it was even difficult to find in Queens.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 9:30 AM
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Vernors
wish it were available here...Delaware

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 9:56 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

I could have sworn I saw a post in this thread earlier touting Foxon Park birch beer. I was planning on agreeing with that post. Foxon Park birch beer is fantastic. Although, I always drank the Foxon Park orange soda with my apizza when I was a kid. As I recall, that was one of just two soda brands available at Pepe's. The other was Paramount, which was bottled in West haven by the Spiegel family.


Michael,

That was me, and there is a competing thread somewhere with a great reason to try Moxie.
Pepe's, Sally's and Modern all feature Foxon Park sodas. Modern uses fountain syrup. Pepe's brings out a large bottle of the soda, enough to last for the whole pizza. No need for refills.
I took my brother from Californiia there and he ordered a diet Coke which came out in a piddling 8 oz. glass. Looking at my bottle, he realized that I had the better deal. Sure it is made with pure sugar, but when you are having two pizzas, a diet soda means very little.
There are at least 12 flavors along with sparkling and tonic waters. I cannot find any bottles in any stores, but have seen delivery trucks taking bottles somewhere.

http://www.foxonpark.com/

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 11:11 AM
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Barqs Root beer
http://www.barqs.com/home.jsp

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 11:20 AM
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in eastern pa. there is A-Treat from allentown, pa. they make a large variety of flavors but lime,pineapple and grapefruit seem not to be readily available elsewhere. they also do the regulars of grape,cola birch beer,black cherry,blue raspberry,etc.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 11:22 AM
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Originally posted by 007bond-jb

Barqs Root beer
http://www.barqs.com/home.jsp


Barq's is the Coca-Cola of root beers, in fact, I believe it's distributed by Coca-Cola. It's definitely not regional.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 11:48 AM
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I can't vote. I've heard of Moxie but only from this site. We have Stewart's(not in great volume) here but I don't really have a desire to try it.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 11:57 AM
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I don't know of any of these. My favorite soda was Orange Crush in bottles.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 12:14 PM
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Brookdale Black Cherry or Birch Beer. Doatsie

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 12:19 PM
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Barq's has been owned by Coca Cola since 1995. Before that, the bottles listed Biloxi, MS as location of the company. I was in Bixoli in 1993. Tried looking for the plant. No plant. No listing in the phone book. I wrote them a letter, and received a reply postmarked New Orleans, LA. They must have just bought caller service from the Post Office to have someone pick up the letters and transport them to New Orleans.

The funny thing is that they make a great Cream Soda that is now a defacto regional soda since many of the Coca Cola franchised areas have dropped the product. I have to bring mine in from Philadelphia. Their Root Beer you can get just about anywhere on the east coast.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 12:20 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by susanll

I don't know of any of these. My favorite soda was Orange Crush in bottles.


Pssst, we still have those here in orange, strawberry and grape. They should have put it on the list IMO.....

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 1:01 PM
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Barq's Red Creme Soda yummmmm

Is Canfield's still out there, Last time I saw them was in the Chicago area. They made a great creme soda. It was crystal clear and delissssshhh

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 1:20 PM
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Bubble Up and Faygo pineapple-orange!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 1:35 PM
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Can somebody tell me what "Thumbs Up" is???

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Mon, 06/25/07 3:40 PM
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There was a hot dog stand at the sirport in Detroit yesterday & they had Vernor's ON TAP!!!!!!

Their name was National Coney Island something?

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Tue, 06/26/07 11:58 PM
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There is a place here in Portland called the Red Square Cafe. I have been able to sample Moxie, Big Red, and Green River sodas there. Also tried Sun Drop while In Tennesse. Liked Sun Drop and Moxie, did not like Big Red or Green River.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 9:26 AM
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Chips, I picture you (and I did) as a MOXIE kind of guy !! Big Red takes some getting used to, but once hooked it is a real 'habit-maker'. For years my secretary would come in each morning with a 44oz Big Red instead of a coffee. Today the "Red Bull" and "Vault" and other 'booster drinks' have replaced the simple soda in that part of the market. Try taking a nap after drinking a couple of "Vault's"...can't be done!!

Poopy, Thanks for listing "BUBBLE UP". That was the first soda that came out in the tall 16 oz Bottles in SoCal back in the 1950's. As a young person with an definite interest in QUANTITY not Quality, BUBBLE UP became my favorite drink for awhile!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 9:32 AM
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Anything Sprecher (Milwaukee) makes:
Cream Soda
Root Beer
Orange Dream ... like a melted dreamsicle ... mmm.

A side note to whoever makes it to Milwaukee: You MUST tour the Sprecher Brewery. This, in my opinion, is the single best way to soak in the spirit of Milwaukee. And since they make sodas too, parents and children will BOTH have a blast!

http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/index.php

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 9:54 AM
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.........Johnny Ryan

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 2:44 PM
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nevermind, didn't see there were two pages before I replied again.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 3:16 PM
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jokadrma-
Thanks for the tip on the Sprecher's Brewery tour. This is perfect timing, since I will be in Milwaukee this weekend. I am going to do my best to include it into my plans.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 3:19 PM
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Cheerwine in the glass bottle. Made w/ sugar and NOT HFCS. Piedmont NC generally.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 3:33 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by IansMom

What about Ale-8-One?


Folks in Winchester, KY weened their kids on this stuff. Ale-8 is legendary!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 3:44 PM
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Please Lord, is this survey over, I am sooooo sorry, but Western Nebraska-a/k/a "The Boonies? - doesn't have any regional soda!

Or anything else very special, lol

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 6:47 PM
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Vernor's (although the window of availability is slowly closing - just down to
the 2L bottles).
Cheerwine (well, it was good to see around here for a few months - now to
make sure I keep the one case I still have intact for a while.)
Sun-Drop (may be gone the way of Cheerwine), Squirt, Orange Crush & Barqs.


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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 7:26 PM
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Legal Lady, You've got the Runza's ! No One else can claim them, no matter what Roossy or others say!
If I remember reading the marketing info from Pepsi, (about 10 years ago) your state was part of the Krystal Pepsi testing area. Maybe we ought to study the birth-rate stats to see if it had any real effect???

I solemnly promise that the next trip we take to the Western USA I will deliver samples of Cheerwine, MOXIE, Big Red and Vernor's Ginger Ale directly to you. We can't have you making life-changing decisions for folks without the experiences that these sodas will give you.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 8:20 PM
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Gotta love Blenheim ginger ale, especially the spicy variety.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blenheim_Ginger_Ale

I stock up on it when I can find it.. which is rarely. It can (sometimes) be found at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC. Great enjoyed by itself or with a splash of bourbon!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 8:49 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Ashphalt

quote:
Originally posted by 007bond-jb

Barqs Root beer
http://www.barqs.com/home.jsp


Barq's is the Coca-Cola of root beers, in fact, I believe it's distributed by Coca-Cola. It's definitely not regional.


quote:
Originally posted by David_NYC
Barq's has been owned by Coca Cola since 1995. Before that, the bottles listed Biloxi, MS as location of the company. I was in Bixoli in 1993. Tried looking for the plant. No plant. No listing in the phone book. I wrote them a letter, and received a reply postmarked New Orleans, LA. They must have just bought caller service from the Post Office to have someone pick up the letters and transport them to New Orleans.

The funny thing is that they make a great Cream Soda that is now a defacto regional soda since many of the Coca Cola franchised areas have dropped the product. I have to bring mine in from Philadelphia. Their Root Beer you can get just about anywhere on the east coast.


Here is Barq's history. I knew it had something to do with Cincinnati, because Barq's was a sponsor on the locally produced children's show "Uncle Al".

It seems the history includes New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile and Cincinnati.

http://www.angelfire.com/tn/traderz/barq.html

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Wed, 06/27/07 9:36 PM
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Hey soozy...then you remember the brown, pink, and purple cow, mmmmm!

I'm not sure of my recollection but I think Barq's made an orange soda as well as the grape, creme soda and root beer.
I've only seen the root beer for years. Still big in parts of the south and around here.

Ale 8 one (kinda of a ginger ale) is the only local soda I can think of around here.
There was another called Whistle that came in watermelon (the bomb), peach, grapefruit and other cool flavors. It was bottled in Winchester Ky as is Ale 8 one.
Ale 8 one's label states the use of sugar and or HFCS at this time so I don't drink it anymore but it was pretty good stuff.
Whistle discontinued sometime in the 80's I believe. I still have a bottle of grapefruit I've been packing around for years for some insane reason.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Thu, 06/28/07 3:44 AM
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Pat & Soozy

Do you remember the big barq's sign there on river road around sedamsville?? It was going east just past jim & jack's in that big S Curve? there was a little market there and the sign was on the side of the building for MANY MANY years.

We always stopped at that little market on our way home from the city growing up, you could get brown or pink cows!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Thu, 06/28/07 7:03 AM
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Sprecher soda made locally here in Miwaukee.Darn good root beer and cream soda.Anyone who cant get Vernors, let me know-I will send!!

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Thu, 06/28/07 10:14 AM
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Buffalo Rock was the distributor of 7UP in Northwest Florida, most of Alabama
& parts of west Mississippi until last Easter when they finally decided to
carry Pepsi's "home team brand" Sierra Mist. At first I thought 7UP would
have a very reduced presence or gradually disappear from the area, since they
were now on their own, but it's still here on the shelves, & the side benefit
has become the addition of the other brands (Squirt, Cheerwine, Big Red, Sun-
Drop, Vernors) that have arrived.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Thu, 06/28/07 1:09 PM
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Vernor's (although the window of availability is slowly closing - just down to
the 2L bottles).

Not where I live. Of course, it's from here, so that might be why. Every gas station and convenience store around here sells 20 oz. bottles as well as 2L bottles.

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RE: What's Your Favorite Regional Soda/Pop? - Thu, 06/28/07 1:43 PM
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Originally posted by CajunKing

Pat & Soozy

Do you remember the big barq's sign there on river road around sedamsville?? It was going east just past jim & jack's in that big S Curve? there was a little market there and the sign was on the side of the building for MANY MANY years.

We always stopped at that little market on our way home from the city growing up, you could get brown or pink cows!


I sure do.
Way back when, I use to deliver the Post in that area and worked the Sohio station in Sayler Park. I drove River Rd. every single day for years (and ate at Jim and Jacks 2-3 times a week).

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