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(The Atlantic Cities)   Soda hipsters are busy elevating obscure regional drinks like Moxie, Roxon Park and Cheerwine into mainstream supermarkets and chain stores. Even hipper soda hipsters are fizzing with anxiety and popping off at this trend   (theatlanticcities.com) divider line 126
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2012-08-21 08:12:47 AM  
I was drinking Main Street Black Cherry Cola before it was cool.
 
2012-08-21 08:21:25 AM  
I don't think it's hipsters doing it as much as companies wanting to get the most out of their lesser known brands.

/Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.
 
2012-08-21 08:33:22 AM  
Cheerwine? I guess that means eastern North Carolina will no longer be the only place that drinks it in bulk. Or maybe it's western NC that likes that stuff? I can't remember.
 
2012-08-21 08:36:21 AM  

Cythraul: Cheerwine? I guess that means eastern North Carolina will no longer be the only place that drinks it in bulk. Or maybe it's western NC that likes that stuff? I can't remember.


FirstNationalBastard: /Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.


What is with the Carolinas and their soda?
 
2012-08-21 08:37:34 AM  
Foxon Park white birch is the greatest soda ever.
 
2012-08-21 08:38:10 AM  

Gunny Highway: Cythraul: Cheerwine? I guess that means eastern North Carolina will no longer be the only place that drinks it in bulk. Or maybe it's western NC that likes that stuff? I can't remember.

FirstNationalBastard: /Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.

What is with the Carolinas and their soda?


It's probably a Southern obsession with sweet stuff in general. *shrug*
 
2012-08-21 08:43:35 AM  

Cythraul: It's probably a Southern obsession with sweet stuff in general. *shrug*


Makes sense. It was just strange to see two posts in a row citing Carolina and their love of home grown soda.
 
2012-08-21 09:16:51 AM  
Moxie is obscure? I thought everyone knew how terrible it is.
 
2012-08-21 09:39:55 AM  
This is what God himself drinks. There is nothing better.

www.drinkwhat.com
 
2012-08-21 09:49:03 AM  
Since when are Cheerwine and SunDrop hipster?
 
2012-08-21 10:28:32 AM  

sammyk: Since when are Cheerwine and SunDrop hipster?


on the internet literally everything is "hipster"
 
2012-08-21 10:37:43 AM  

Gunny Highway: Cythraul: Cheerwine? I guess that means eastern North Carolina will no longer be the only place that drinks it in bulk. Or maybe it's western NC that likes that stuff? I can't remember.

FirstNationalBastard: /Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.

What is with the Carolinas and their soda?


A lot of the sodas were initially formulated in the south.

Cheerwine, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Nehi...
 
2012-08-21 10:37:57 AM  
I just want to say that Moxie tastes like shiat. Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and Moxie Cola all started off in the 19th century as patent medicine. The problem is, only Moxie Cola decided to continue tasting like patent medicine into the 21st century.
 
2012-08-21 10:41:10 AM  

Aarontology: Foxon Park white birch is the greatest soda ever.


Duh. I don't think I can be a hipster for liking them, considering I live 15 minutes from "Foxon Park"
 
2012-08-21 10:47:07 AM  
I'm sure you've never heard of it but I drink Hosmer Mountain Link
 
2012-08-21 10:48:11 AM  
Pop, it is called pop.
 
2012-08-21 10:48:15 AM  
hipster = word used by lazy people.

The user can't even spend 10 seconds to explain what it is about the person they don't like.
 
2012-08-21 10:48:16 AM  

Gunny Highway: Cythraul: Cheerwine? I guess that means eastern North Carolina will no longer be the only place that drinks it in bulk. Or maybe it's western NC that likes that stuff? I can't remember.

FirstNationalBastard: /Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.

What is with the Carolinas and their soda?


They get tired of ruining perfectly good iced tea once in a while.
 
2012-08-21 10:48:36 AM  

beantowndog: Moxie is obscure? I thought everyone knew how terrible it is.


I only know about Moxie because I read Stephen King books. Might explain things if it's scary-bad.
 
2012-08-21 10:50:02 AM  

jayhawk88: Gunny Highway: Cythraul: Cheerwine? I guess that means eastern North Carolina will no longer be the only place that drinks it in bulk. Or maybe it's western NC that likes that stuff? I can't remember.

FirstNationalBastard: /Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.

What is with the Carolinas and their soda?

They get tired of ruining perfectly good iced tea once in a while.


Take your blasphemy somewhere else!
 
2012-08-21 10:50:50 AM  

RexTalionis: I just want to say that Moxie tastes like shiat.

 
2012-08-21 10:51:27 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: /Sun Drop is finally available outside of the Carolinas. Keen.


What do you mean "finally outside of the Carolinas"?..... I thought it was a Wisconsin/Minnesota regional soda... we had it up there at least since the 70s & 80s.
 
2012-08-21 10:51:39 AM  

minoridiot: This is what God himself drinks. There is nothing better.

[www.drinkwhat.com image 600x380]


I did not know, until very recently, that there was such a thing as "Big Red Zero".
 
2012-08-21 10:52:16 AM  
So when is it hipster to drink something other than Coke or Pepsi?
 
2012-08-21 10:54:20 AM  
And for a much more regional and not nationally marketed midwest soda...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-21 10:55:09 AM  
How dare people enjoy things I don't. They should just drink Coca-Cola and Budweiser like good Americans.
 
2012-08-21 10:56:53 AM  
Hipster, shmipster. Bring back Red Fusion!
 
2012-08-21 10:57:49 AM  

Aarontology: Foxon Park white birch is the greatest soda ever.


Damn straight! Loved that stuff.
 
2012-08-21 10:58:20 AM  
www.johnsoncitypress.com
We just got this in Johnson City, TN courtesy of Pepsi. I haven't tried it yet but I hear it's disgusting. It's a malt beverage, so basically malt liquor with no alcohol with some lime flavored syrup added.

cdn.shopify.com
My regional drink of choice

On a side note, I had a homemade apple pie soda from a hipster soda cart in Chattanooga a couple weekends ago that was weird but good
 
2012-08-21 11:01:48 AM  
Yes because it takes a hipster to refuse to choose between Coke and Pepsi. Just like we all have to choose between Republican and Democrat.

I'll just sit back with my RC Cola and thumb my nose at you.
 
2012-08-21 11:03:23 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-21 11:03:50 AM  

ModernPrimitive01: We just got this in Johnson City, TN courtesy of Pepsi. I haven't tried it yet but I hear it's disgusting. It's a malt beverage, so basically malt liquor with no alcohol with some lime flavored syrup added.


My regional drink of choice

On a side note, I had a homemade apple pie soda from a hipster soda cart in Chattanooga a couple weekends ago that was weird but good


I'm curious how the JC Gold tastes. It just sounds kind of nasty.

On a side note, my parents and extended family all live in Johnson City and I lived there a while growing up, so I have a bit of a soft spot for that town.
 
2012-08-21 11:05:44 AM  
Foxon Park Ginger Ale is damn good. We have something called Ale81 here which is a local ginger ale. It is locally popular but I think it tastes like flat ginger ale.
 
2012-08-21 11:07:38 AM  
Were elevating obscure regional soda brands before it was cool.

assets.rollingstone.com
 
2012-08-21 11:09:29 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Were elevating obscure regional soda brands before it was cool.

[assets.rollingstone.com image 332x500]


Is that Rockn' Rye Faygo? Because, that is the best stuff.
 
2012-08-21 11:09:31 AM  
I'm a bit of a soda hipster, and I find that most of those drinks don't expand because they aren't very good.
 
2012-08-21 11:10:16 AM  
asterix70.files.wordpress.com

/farking delicious.
//half bud light, half this stuff.
///*burp*
 
2012-08-21 11:10:22 AM  
A favorite of mine that is just now getting distributed in Louisville. If you keep the bottle at just the right temperature, when you open it, the top freezes and you have to drink the soda through a slush. Also amazing when mixed with bourbon.

www.hamburgercalculus.com
 
2012-08-21 11:12:26 AM  

ModernPrimitive01: [www.johnsoncitypress.com image 171x229]
We just got this in Johnson City, TN courtesy of Pepsi. I haven't tried it yet but I hear it's disgusting. It's a malt beverage, so basically malt liquor with no alcohol with some lime flavored syrup added.

[cdn.shopify.com image 480x353]
My regional drink of choice

On a side note, I had a homemade apple pie soda from a hipster soda cart in Chattanooga a couple weekends ago that was weird but good


As a fellow Johnson Citian, I highly approve of your drink choices. Having a red Dr. Enuf later. Haven't tried that MD yet.
 
2012-08-21 11:13:36 AM  
Cane sugar. Soda just tastes better with real sugar.

There's a horrid Safeway near me that sells Mexicokes in glass bottles for 99 cents. Pop one of those in the freezer, let freeze until things *just* start to slush, and....

Pure heaven on a hot summer's day.

/Now if someone would please start making actual Nuka-Cola, I think I'd throw all my money at you. (Preferably without the radiation).
 
2012-08-21 11:13:36 AM  
Cheerwine farking rocks. I still have family pick it up when they go back down to NC. Nothing beats an ice cold Cheerwine in a glass bottle.
 
2012-08-21 11:13:58 AM  
bbsimg.ngfiles.com

/Loves me some Cheerwine when I'm down south.
//Cherry Dr. Pepper isn't a bad substitute, though
 
2012-08-21 11:14:46 AM  
Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.
 
2012-08-21 11:15:27 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-21 11:17:31 AM  
The craziest I get is Mountain Dew Code Red.
 
2012-08-21 11:19:15 AM  

Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.


Sun Drop is amazing. I don't drink soda, bu when I do it's either Dr. Enuf or Sun Drop

/Johnson City represent
//came here for college, stayed for graduate school, now I'm a local
 
2012-08-21 11:19:51 AM  

Hobnay: Foxon Park Ginger Ale is damn good. We have something called Ale81 here which is a local ginger ale. It is locally popular but I think it tastes like flat ginger ale.


Ale-8-One is the best! I got introduced to it by a Kentucky friend of mine. When I lived in Tennessee, there was a gas station owner in Pegram, just west of Nashville, who would go up and buy something like 50-100 cases of the glass bottles at a time and re-sell them since there was no distributor in the area. I'd trek the 30 miles or so from where I lived to go buy a case or two at a time. Unfortunately, his place was near the Harpeth River, so it flooded in the May 2009 floods, and I guess he cashed out at that time and sold the place to someone else who re-opened it.

For the record, you have to drink Ale-8-one cold for the best flavor. Also drink it when you get a sinus infection, something about it or the carbonation provides the best temporary relief for that awful mucus feeling you get in your throat with those things.

Was tempted to go down that way for my vacation time just to pick up a whole bunch of that stuff. Guess I'll have to find a way to coax my Kentucky friend east again at some point to bring me some, since no soda is worth the shipping costs to have the company ship it.

Oh, and if you get heartburn easily, beware! I love drinking it, but that stuff also gives me a wicked case of heartburn for some reason.
 
2012-08-21 11:20:04 AM  
www.sprecherbrewery.com
www.gooseisland.com
 
2012-08-21 11:20:37 AM  

Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.


I drink Sundrop for breakfast because it has orange juice in it.

Also:
2.bp.blogspot.com

/mandarina is the best
\just treat it like a dessert and you won't get that fat
/don't drink Goya
 
2012-08-21 11:21:11 AM  
Speaking of old, off-brand soda's, I've found a few references, but no photos on the internet of Mickey Rooney's old Watermelon Soda... I recall it being sold in Snapple-like glass bottles in the mid-late 80s.

I would nearly pay someone some cash money to get a photo up of an old bottle of that.
 
2012-08-21 11:21:24 AM  
A lot of those so-called regional sodas are actually owned/bottled by major brands.

I do have fond memories of Cheerwine from back in the days when I was poor and living in NC. It tasted pretty good, actually.
 
2012-08-21 11:23:22 AM  

Unauthorized Bratwurst: minoridiot: This is what God himself drinks. There is nothing better.

[www.drinkwhat.com image 600x380]

I did not know, until very recently, that there was such a thing as "Big Red Zero".


I did not know until just now that Big Red was that regional. I had assumed it was everywhere.
 
2012-08-21 11:23:24 AM  
I remember drinking Virginia Dare as a kid.
 
2012-08-21 11:25:48 AM  

Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.


Yeah, Sun Drop's eastern cutoff point for distribution seemed to be somewhere in Middle Tennessee. I had trouble finding it in Davidson County (Nashville), but I could drive into Williamson County (especially in the Cool Springs/Franklin area) and find it everywhere.

The reason Sun Drop suddenly increased their distribution range is because they got bought out by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. I can find Sun Drop in all the Northern Virginia Wegmans now.
 
2012-08-21 11:27:06 AM  

dletter: Speaking of old, off-brand soda's, I've found a few references, but no photos on the internet of Mickey Rooney's old Watermelon Soda... I recall it being sold in Snapple-like glass bottles in the mid-late 80s.

I would nearly pay someone some cash money to get a photo up of an old bottle of that.


I have no idea what you are talking about, but I have to assume it is either one of these two
images.sodahead.com
farm5.staticflickr.com
 
2012-08-21 11:31:45 AM  
I was never a big Cheerwine fan, even as a NC native, until a party I went to while I was in college at UNC-A.

Someone had made an alcoholic punch using Cheerwine and I don't know what.

It was the most delicious, powerful, bug-juice grog I've ever had.

It was an awesome party, mainly due to the sweet nectar, but I never found out what it was made of.
 
2012-08-21 11:34:19 AM  

Lost Thought 00: dletter: Speaking of old, off-brand soda's, I've found a few references, but no photos on the internet of Mickey Rooney's old Watermelon Soda... I recall it being sold in Snapple-like glass bottles in the mid-late 80s.

I would nearly pay someone some cash money to get a photo up of an old bottle of that.

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I have to assume it is either one of these two
[images.sodahead.com image 242x350]
[farm5.staticflickr.com image 427x640]


Nope, not even close.... as I said, it was a glass bottle similar in style to Snapple bottles, green colored, and had a sketch drawing of Mickey Rooney on the side saying something like "Mickey Rooney's Favorite Soda!". As stated in other places on the web that do mention it, I am pretty sure it was made by Canfield.
 
2012-08-21 11:35:12 AM  

ddelorm: It was an awesome party, mainly due to the sweet nectar, but I never found out what it was made of.


The tears of 12 year old Liberian diamond mine slaves.
 
2012-08-21 11:45:08 AM  
Finally a carbonated sugar water that fits MY needs!
 
2012-08-21 11:45:52 AM  

jkl65s4: Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.

Yeah, Sun Drop's eastern cutoff point for distribution seemed to be somewhere in Middle Tennessee. I had trouble finding it in Davidson County (Nashville), but I could drive into Williamson County (especially in the Cool Springs/Franklin area) and find it everywhere.

The reason Sun Drop suddenly increased their distribution range is because they got bought out by the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. I can find Sun Drop in all the Northern Virginia Wegmans now.


Ah, OK that makes sense thanks! As a kid, that was a highlight of our trip to Manchester, TN, to swill tons of that sweet Sun Drop. Also popular was Double Cola. They had rubber peel offs under the cap where you could win money and prizes. Cheerwine is really good and I'd love to try that Leninade.
 
2012-08-21 11:46:26 AM  
Just give me a damned Coke. And no, Pepsi is NOT okay.

/Also, the "limited edition" DKR Dark Berry Mountain Dew is delicious.
 
2012-08-21 11:49:05 AM  
www.retroland.com 

Their cola isn't that great, but the Lime, Cherry and Grape are biatchin'!
 
2012-08-21 11:49:12 AM  
Same folks who make Big Red also make my favorite small market drink...NuGrape.
 
2012-08-21 11:51:13 AM  

Hagbardr: [i.imgur.com image 300x400]


They have the best fu(king orange soda.
 
2012-08-21 11:53:23 AM  

Cythraul: ddelorm: It was an awesome party, mainly due to the sweet nectar, but I never found out what it was made of.

The tears of 12 year old Liberian diamond mine slaves.


WTF is wrong with you? Really?
 
2012-08-21 11:55:50 AM  

ddelorm: Cythraul: ddelorm: It was an awesome party, mainly due to the sweet nectar, but I never found out what it was made of.

The tears of 12 year old Liberian diamond mine slaves.

WTF is wrong with you? Really?


What? You didn't think that was funny?
 
2012-08-21 12:00:54 PM  
SunDrop is disgusting. It made it to PA last year and I tried it on two occasions.
/Tasted like very flat, watered down Mountain Dew.
 
2012-08-21 12:01:14 PM  
Does this mean the world will bring back Skeleteens cola?
 
2012-08-21 12:03:46 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-21 12:04:32 PM  
assadsbakery.com

Go ahead. I dare you.
 
2012-08-21 12:04:39 PM  
As mentioned previously, Big Red is God.

It's also possible to kill any living organism with the stench of a Big Red burp.
 
2012-08-21 12:12:44 PM  

Girion47: A favorite of mine that is just now getting distributed in Louisville. If you keep the bottle at just the right temperature, when you open it, the top freezes and you have to drink the soda through a slush. Also amazing when mixed with bourbon.


God, I miss Ale-8-1. My old roommate introduced it to me in College and his dad would get it in Kentucky. We saw it once in Walmart and stacked up. It wouldn't be until two years later that we'd see it in Ohio again when I found it at the IGA near my apartments
 
2012-08-21 12:14:41 PM  

MBZ321: SunDrop is disgusting. It made it to PA last year and I tried it on two occasions.
/Tasted like very flat, watered down Mountain Dew.


lol no.
 
2012-08-21 12:26:22 PM  

Cythraul: ddelorm: Cythraul: ddelorm: It was an awesome party, mainly due to the sweet nectar, but I never found out what it was made of.

The tears of 12 year old Liberian diamond mine slaves.

WTF is wrong with you? Really?

What? You didn't think that was funny?


It was so far out of left field and unrelated to anything in this thread, no, not really.
 
2012-08-21 12:27:38 PM  
I thought _real_ soda hipsters were making their own Maple-Bacon-Lavender-LemonGrass sodas with those home soda making contraptions. It is like a thing, the next cupcake craze.
 
2012-08-21 12:33:55 PM  

ddelorm: Cythraul: ddelorm: Cythraul: ddelorm: It was an awesome party, mainly due to the sweet nectar, but I never found out what it was made of.

The tears of 12 year old Liberian diamond mine slaves.

WTF is wrong with you? Really?

What? You didn't think that was funny?

It was so far out of left field and unrelated to anything in this thread, no, not really.


Awww, you're missing out on some good slave-tear soda, then.
 
2012-08-21 12:41:27 PM  
We used to get sun drop once in a while in Richmond but usually had to drive to southside or southwest Virginia to get it. I have not seen any recently, although it may be in stores here. I remember it always had a Dale Earnhardt 1979 Rookie of the Year label.
 
2012-08-21 12:45:38 PM  

dletter: And for a much more regional and not nationally marketed midwest soda...


You can get Green River at 7-11s in Oregon, and they are delicious! I've seen 90% of the 'regional' specialty soda listed in this thread at one or another chain in Portland, and even the 7-11s have part of a rack set aside for specialty sodas, as they have for the past 20 years. Is it really that different across the country, or is this just another case of making an article out of nothing?

Vernor's is my shiat.
 
2012-08-21 12:46:28 PM  

lewismarktwo: mandarina is the best


I like Limon myself

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-21 12:47:22 PM  

lewismarktwo: Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.

I drink Sundrop for breakfast because it has orange juice in it.

Also:
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 750x300]

/mandarina is the best
\just treat it like a dessert and you won't get that fat
/don't drink Goya


Yo soy loco por los tamarindo.

Someday I'm going to pour a bottle of their tamarind soda over a tough beef roast, let it marinade overnight, then slow cook the living hell out of it.

I anticipate an experience akin to bench seat sex down by the river.
 
2012-08-21 12:53:15 PM  
Oh and Delaware Punch is available in New Orleans. I can't get it in Arizona. Dammit.
 
2012-08-21 12:54:21 PM  

thesloppy: dletter: And for a much more regional and not nationally marketed midwest soda...

You can get Green River at 7-11s in Oregon, and they are delicious! I've seen 90% of the 'regional' specialty soda listed in this thread at one or another chain in Portland, and even the 7-11s have part of a rack set aside for specialty sodas, as they have for the past 20 years. Is it really that different across the country, or is this just another case of making an article out of nothing?

Vernor's is my shiat.


Back in the 80s an ice cream company in Detroit made Vernor's Ice Cream... that was the bomb.
 
2012-08-21 12:59:53 PM  

Boudica's War Tampon: lewismarktwo: Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.

I drink Sundrop for breakfast because it has orange juice in it.

Also:
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 750x300]

/mandarina is the best
\just treat it like a dessert and you won't get that fat
/don't drink Goya

Yo soy loco por los tamarindo.

Someday I'm going to pour a bottle of their tamarind soda over a tough beef roast, let it marinade overnight, then slow cook the living hell out of it.

I anticipate an experience akin to bench seat sex down by the river.


Whoa, good idea! I might have to try it with a pork shoulder for use in cubanos.
 
2012-08-21 01:02:54 PM  

lewismarktwo: Boudica's War Tampon: lewismarktwo: Tannhauser: Also, Sun Drop was available in Middle TN back in the '70's. But not in east TN until a few years back.

Good stuff.

I drink Sundrop for breakfast because it has orange juice in it.

Also:
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 750x300]

/mandarina is the best
\just treat it like a dessert and you won't get that fat
/don't drink Goya

Yo soy loco por los tamarindo.

Someday I'm going to pour a bottle of their tamarind soda over a tough beef roast, let it marinade overnight, then slow cook the living hell out of it.

I anticipate an experience akin to bench seat sex down by the river.

Whoa, good idea! I might have to try it with a pork shoulder for use in cubanos.


Pork would probably take the tamarind flavor better than beef.
 
2012-08-21 01:05:06 PM  
I'm still waiting for them to bring back Coca Cola Blak: nectar of the gods.
 
2012-08-21 01:05:14 PM  

dletter: Mad_Radhu: Were elevating obscure regional soda brands before it was cool.

[assets.rollingstone.com image 332x500]

Is that Rockn' Rye Faygo? Because, that is the best stuff.


Rockin' Rye is red. That's the regular cream soda in the pic.

/both are cream sodas, but Rockin' Rye has a mysteriously awesome flavor to it...
//also, you bake with soda, and you drink pop.  amirite?
 
2012-08-21 01:09:21 PM  
Some of those can be found at Cracker Barrel.

Personally, I enjoy making my own root beer. Still working on the recipe though.

/suggestions welcome, EIP.
 
2012-08-21 01:10:55 PM  
I like weird sodas. Here's my latest "thing". Coconut soda.

www.delicioussparklingtemperancedrinks.net
 
2012-08-21 01:11:23 PM  

Bruxellensis: /both are cream sodas, but Rockin' Rye has a mysteriously awesome flavor to it...


Definately... Barq's makes a Red Cream soda but it pales in comparison.
 
2012-08-21 01:17:34 PM  
you know who has the worst soda? Anything at Earth Fare. I used to hit that place up in my poorer college days for the free samples, then buy a soda to wash down all the cheese. I tried a huge variety of stuff there and it always tasted lousy.
 
2012-08-21 01:21:02 PM  

minoridiot: This is what God himself drinks. There is nothing better.

[www.drinkwhat.com image 600x380]


Oh god, my sister and I became addicted to that one summer visiting our grandparents in Texas. It was unlike anything we'd ever tasted before. Mostly now I remember my mother being horrified we loved it.
 
2012-08-21 01:45:37 PM  
media.tumblr.com

Cherikee Red, biatches!
 
2012-08-21 01:50:23 PM  
Moxie is farking disgusting. It tastes like cough syrup mixed with seltzer water and shame.

dletter: And for a much more regional and not nationally marketed midwest soda...

[upload.wikimedia.org image 100x283]


Green River?
I hear that's killer.
 
2012-08-21 01:53:13 PM  

karmaceutical: I thought _real_ soda hipsters were making their own Maple-Bacon-Lavender-LemonGrass sodas with those home soda making contraptions.


That sounds awesome. Not necessarily that combination, but the notion that "home soda making" is a thing where people can experiment with new and different flavors. If this is a thing that hipsters are actually doing, shouldn't they be lauded for it, rather than derided?

I do something similar, but with beer (I actually don't experiment that much any more, I've been exploring defined styles for over a year now), but you get the idea.
 
2012-08-21 01:59:14 PM  

The Homer Tax: karmaceutical: I thought _real_ soda hipsters were making their own Maple-Bacon-Lavender-LemonGrass sodas with those home soda making contraptions.

That sounds awesome. Not necessarily that combination, but the notion that "home soda making" is a thing where people can experiment with new and different flavors. If this is a thing that hipsters are actually doing, shouldn't they be lauded for it, rather than derided?

I do something similar, but with beer (I actually don't experiment that much any more, I've been exploring defined styles for over a year now), but you get the idea.


I have a case of heavy bail top bottles. I carbonate my root beer in bottle with ale yeast. I have an Ale Pale for bottling, but my recipe isn't good enough to make in batches that warrant using a 5 gallon bucket to bottle.

I also don't have 5 gallons worth of bottles.
 
2012-08-21 02:10:53 PM  
You've been able to buy all this stuff here and other sites like it for years.
 
2012-08-21 02:22:08 PM  
Every since I listened to "A Confederacy of Dunces" I have waned to taste a Dr. Nut.
 
2012-08-21 03:01:13 PM  

The Homer Tax: karmaceutical: I thought _real_ soda hipsters were making their own Maple-Bacon-Lavender-LemonGrass sodas with those home soda making contraptions.

That sounds awesome. Not necessarily that combination, but the notion that "home soda making" is a thing where people can experiment with new and different flavors. If this is a thing that hipsters are actually doing, shouldn't they be lauded for it, rather than derided?

I do something similar, but with beer (I actually don't experiment that much any more, I've been exploring defined styles for over a year now), but you get the idea.


You can create a set-up yourself for like 100 bucks. Google "Home soda maker". It ends up being pennies per bottle. I love seltzer :)
 
2012-08-21 03:03:49 PM  
I am glad that I can get my Moxie fix here in the midwest.
The sad thing is that it actually is owned by a coke bottler now.
 
2012-08-21 03:38:11 PM  

verbaltoxin: You've been able to buy all this stuff here and other sites like it for years.


Did you look at the number of colas there before posting the link? :P
 
2012-08-21 03:58:11 PM  
Came for Ale-8-one. Leaving satisfed.
 
2012-08-21 03:58:24 PM  
for refreshment, nothing beats Squirt in my book
 
2012-08-21 04:06:49 PM  

Skid Roe v. Wade Boggs: hipster = word used by lazy people.

The user can't even spend 10 seconds to explain what it is about the person they don't like.


How's this: "Sartrean authenticity through consumption and mimesis."
 
2012-08-21 04:09:28 PM  

The Homer Tax: karmaceutical: I thought _real_ soda hipsters were making their own Maple-Bacon-Lavender-LemonGrass sodas with those home soda making contraptions.

That sounds awesome. Not necessarily that combination, but the notion that "home soda making" is a thing where people can experiment with new and different flavors. If this is a thing that hipsters are actually doing, shouldn't they be lauded for it, rather than derided?


Hipsters don't do that, though; they buy it. There are people who do the sort of thing you claim, but they're makers, not hipsters (the main difference being that they actually produce something).
 
2012-08-21 04:15:04 PM  

minoridiot: This is what God himself drinks. There is nothing better.

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Holy crap, want want want. Big Red was literally the first pop I had after graduating from BMT back in '99. Fond memories of finally getting a patio break after six weeks...
 
2012-08-21 04:20:08 PM  
Also, anyone have Blenheim ginger ale? So heavy with ginger root that it will burn your nose hair.
 
2012-08-21 04:27:32 PM  

CommieTaoist: Pop, it is called pop.


Look it's simple. Coca-Cola and Pepsi were invented in Atlanta and New Bern, NC respectively. In these places they are referred to as soda or simply Coke, never Pop. Don't take something a culture invented, change its nickname and then tell the creators they're wrong.
 
2012-08-21 04:29:49 PM  
Am I the only one who thinks San Pellegrino soda is awesome?

(Does it count as soda?)

Also, that Jarritos stuff is pretty good.
 
2012-08-21 04:30:25 PM  

Millennium: Skid Roe v. Wade Boggs: hipster = word used by lazy people.

The user can't even spend 10 seconds to explain what it is about the person they don't like.

How's this: "Sartrean authenticity through consumption and mimesis."


Not bad. A-

Except I do doubt that Sartre really accounted for the totally subjective, light-speed goalpost-moving.
 
2012-08-21 04:38:33 PM  
I'm currently hooked on Goya Ginger Beer.
 
2012-08-21 07:30:39 PM  
As a proud NJ expat, gotta be a 3-way split between White Rock White birch beer (looks like seltzer, but tastes oh so
yummy), C&C Cola and Dr. Browns (either creme or black cherry)

But, at least Dr. Brown's gets down to DC.
 
2012-08-21 07:54:17 PM  

RexTalionis: I just want to say that Moxie tastes like shiat. Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and Moxie Cola all started off in the 19th century as patent medicine. The problem is, only Moxie Cola decided to continue tasting like patent medicine into the 21st century.


Moxie Cola? Seriously? You know how I know you've never actually tried Moxie?

/it's a root beer
//A delightfully bitter and refreshing root beer. For grownups.
 
2012-08-21 08:00:46 PM  
I haven't had a cactus cooler since I left Los Angeles :(
 
2012-08-21 08:14:53 PM  
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2012-08-21 08:19:12 PM  

Goodfella: I'm still waiting for them to bring back Coca Cola Blak: nectar of the gods.


I am right there with you. That stuff was amazing. I truly miss it.
 
2012-08-21 09:05:04 PM  

beantowndog: Moxie is obscure? I thought everyone knew how terrible it is.


Only reason I have heard of Moxie is my grandma in Massachusetts fed me on when I was 10.
They generally are not available west of the Rockies. Until recently.
 
2012-08-21 09:05:44 PM  

croesius: Go ahead. I dare you.


Blech. You Persians and your fizzy yogurt soda.
 
2012-08-21 09:06:43 PM  

lewismarktwo: /mandarina is the best


Tamarindo is the best IMHO
 
2012-08-21 10:29:53 PM  
How to make your own Moxie:

1. mix equal parts cola and root beer
2. add liberal dashes of Angostura bitters until it doesn't taste good anymore
 
2012-08-22 02:43:28 AM  
I miss Cherry bomb Jolt, and XTC root beer.
 
2012-08-22 05:24:13 AM  
one time, a bee flew into my Nesbitt's Lime Soda. And I had to throw it away.
 
2012-08-22 09:01:17 AM  
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Caffeinated apple soda from Mexico. Yum.
 
2012-08-22 10:19:21 AM  

poot_rootbeer: How to make your own Moxie:

1. mix equal parts cola and root beer
2. add liberal dashes of Angostura bitters until it doesn't taste good anymore


Angostura bitters? Is that what gives roofing tar its wonderful aroma?
 
2012-08-22 11:56:41 AM  

jkl65s4: Hobnay: Foxon Park Ginger Ale is damn good. We have something called Ale81 here which is a local ginger ale. It is locally popular but I think it tastes like flat ginger ale.

Ale-8-One is the best! I got introduced to it by a Kentucky friend of mine. When I lived in Tennessee, there was a gas station owner in Pegram, just west of Nashville, who would go up and buy something like 50-100 cases of the glass bottles at a time and re-sell them since there was no distributor in the area. I'd trek the 30 miles or so from where I lived to go buy a case or two at a time. Unfortunately, his place was near the Harpeth River, so it flooded in the May 2009 floods, and I guess he cashed out at that time and sold the place to someone else who re-opened it.

For the record, you have to drink Ale-8-one cold for the best flavor. Also drink it when you get a sinus infection, something about it or the carbonation provides the best temporary relief for that awful mucus feeling you get in your throat with those things.

Was tempted to go down that way for my vacation time just to pick up a whole bunch of that stuff. Guess I'll have to find a way to coax my Kentucky friend east again at some point to bring me some, since no soda is worth the shipping costs to have the company ship it.

Oh, and if you get heartburn easily, beware! I love drinking it, but that stuff also gives me a wicked case of heartburn for some reason.


THIS. If loving Ale-8 is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
 
2012-08-22 03:31:17 PM  
This thread sounds fat.
 
2012-08-23 05:58:30 PM  
I loooove Cheerwine to the point that my brother sends me a two liter every year for Christmas. I guard it as closely as I guard the Magic Hat I bring back from east coast visits.
 
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