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ChristineBCW

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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #150 on: April 10, 2019, 09:02:18 AM »
I'm not into sodey-pop myself - 2 or 3 bottles a year perhaps.  I do like Hire's, though, and we had a local grocery that ordered Hires on request - it arrived 2-3 days later.  But we had a lot of local microbreweries and they produced even better root-beers, and in kegs for easier cooling and rather fun dispensing.  And I always preferred making rootbeer floats myself.

So many of these are long before my years began.  In our travels, though, I should have taken the chance to explore soda-pop options but our kids aren't fans, Hubby's not, I'm not... looking for these escapes my list of To-Do's, normally.

And thanks for that MOUNTAIN DEW YouTube commercial.  I'll be surprised if that's not what he remembers, actually, and incorrectly, too, since it's a Mountain Dew hillbilly, not a Kickapoo one.  I should have bet a lot more.

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« Reply #151 on: April 10, 2019, 11:05:54 AM »
I'm not into sodey-pop myself - 2 or 3 bottles a year perhaps.


Two to three per day for me. Keeps me young (at heart anyway), strong and healthy!  8)

And thanks for that MOUNTAIN DEW YouTube commercial.  I'll be surprised if that's not what he remembers, actually, and incorrectly, too, since it's a Mountain Dew hillbilly, not a Kickapoo one.  I should have bet a lot more.


Or else what he "remembers" may be this Li'l Abner cartoon:



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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #152 on: April 11, 2019, 12:18:37 PM »
Vernors! ... I still drink a Vernors now and then.

Yes, Vernors is distinctly and deliciously different from other ginger ales, perhaps due to being "flavour aged" in oak barrels (although I think the recipe has been toned down somewhat over the years since I don't think it has as much bite now as it did 50-55 years ago). There was a Vernors bottling plant about a mile away from where I lived in London when I was a kid.

Vernors was created in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist who initially sold Vernors from the soda fountain in his drugstore on the SW corner of Woodward Avenue and Clifford Street. Vernors is now the oldest surviving ginger ale sold in the United States!

The fabulous graphics associated with the Vernors brand have made for great signage and other paraphernalia since the nineteenth century:







This has spawned an active collecting interest in Vernors memorabilia and the Vernor's Ginger Ale Collectors' Club has seventy members some of whom have truly mouth watering collections:





Club founder Keith Wunderlich of Troy, Michigan has among the best collections:



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« Reply #153 on: April 11, 2019, 01:54:04 PM »
Wow! That's a lot of Vernor's paraphernalia!

I am an Alabama boy myself, but my mother was from Detroit, Michigan. When I was a wee lad, you couldn't get Vernor's in Alabama; the only time we got it was when we went to visit relatives in Michigan. Now, however, Vernor's is more widely distributed: you can even buy it in Alabama!

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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #154 on: April 12, 2019, 02:48:37 PM »
Haven't seen a Frostie in years....

I don't believe I've seen any Frostie being sold in my neck of the woods for fifty years. Very sad since I always preferred Frostie to Hires. Unlike Hires which I remember had an unpleasant aftertaste,  Frostie had a clean finish.

A major contributing factor to Frostie Root Beer's disappearance has been the brand's truly sordid history of ownership changes:

Frostie Root Beer - Wikipedia

Nonetheless, both the Frostie signage and bottles had/have truly wild over-the-top graphics!







I have both a nifty plastic vacuform Frostie sign in my memorabilia collection and a ten ounce returnable/refillable Frostie bottle in my bottle cabinet.

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« Reply #155 on: April 12, 2019, 05:08:10 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if root-beer wan't sold widely because of the awful A&W product spelling itself as "root beer".  Oh... it's not THAT bad, I realize... but compared to Hires or Frosties, it's not even in the Top 10.  There's a brand calling itself "Maine" that appears in a lot of hipster joints but they're all flat-tasting versions - cola, lemon-lime and that root beer.  Yet it IS my preference to A&W.  So's water.  So's nothing.

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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #156 on: April 16, 2019, 04:51:10 PM »
I'm disappointed that Sioux City Sarsaparilla didn't make the list.

You shouldn't be. It's not on the ballot for two very good reasons:

1. It's a johnny-come-lately. The Sioux City line of soft drinks dates back no further than 1987. That was already a decade past the golden era of returnable/refillable pop bottles.

2. It's not a mass market brand but is instead a premium priced upscale niche soft drink brand. No self-respecting kid would have ever bought such a product in the baby boom years. I mean what kid would have had the money for such extravagances? All the ten ounce pop bottles I ever pulled from ice water coolers were at popular prices. In fact the very concept of premium priced soft drink brands would have been considered bizarre at the time.

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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #157 on: April 20, 2019, 09:45:45 AM »
I do like Hire's, though, and we had a local grocery that ordered Hires on request - it arrived 2-3 days later.


Incidentally the latest issue of Soda Spectrum magazine (#85) has a fourteen page article on Hires Root Beer and the history of the company.

Soda Spectrum



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« Reply #158 on: April 20, 2019, 03:42:40 PM »
Mmmmm! Gene $Simmons' Money Bags soda.


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« Reply #159 on: April 20, 2019, 03:48:24 PM »
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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #160 on: April 22, 2019, 08:19:12 PM »
Wow! King Kong Cola!

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Re: Favourite brands of soda pop!
« Reply #161 on: April 26, 2019, 04:16:14 PM »
He said SQUIRT was of the same style - with a sour punch to it.

Squirt is another brand that I really like but is no longer available in my neck of the woods. It's sour punch/tanginess is at least partially due to the small amount of grapefruit juice in its recipe.

Quote from: Wikipedia
Squirt was created by Herb Bishop in 1938, after experimenting with a citrus drink known as Citrus Club. The result used less fruit juice and less sugar than some other drinks, and Bishop claimed it had the "freshest, most exciting taste in the marketplace".

In 1941, a mascot named "Lil' Squirt" was created for marketing the product.

The Lil' Squirt mascot has been incorporated in some great signage over the years:









Quote from: Wikipedia
The Squirt brand has changed ownership several times, and is currently the property of Keurig Dr Pepper.

Well whoever owns the name brand better get their ass in gear and make some available in my area!

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