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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 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:
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/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.

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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
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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
 
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