Without the Civil War, There Would Be No Vernors. Before the conflict began, James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, had concocted a new drink. When Vernor was called off to war in 1862, he stored the secret mixture in an oak cask in his pharmacy. After returning from battle four years later, he opened his secret keg and found the drink inside had been transformed.
Diet Rite was introduced in 1958 by the Royal Crown Co. as the first diet soft drink. With this revolutionary introduction, health-conscious soft drink lovers were finally given a choice consistent with their lifestyle – a great-tasting cola with no calories, sodium or caffeine.
Thomas Kemper Soda was first brewed by Andy Thomas and Will Kemper as alternative to beer at an Octoberfest celebration on Bainbridge Island, WA in 1990. The first Thomas Kemper Soda was handcrafted Root Beer. Thomas Kemper Sodas are still handcrafted and made with honey (although cane sugar is the primary sweetener), Madagascar vanilla, and other flavors available.
Established in 1891, Boylan today is best known for its full line of hand-crafted sodas, ranging from our core four Ginger Ale, Root Beer, Black Cherry and Creme sodas, to other popular flavors, including Cane Cola, Orange and Grape.
DRY Soda Company creates beautifully flavored, lightly-sweet sodas, made with just a handful of ingredients. With a commitment to simple ingredients, artistry, community, and most of all, delicious flavor, DRY Soda Co. is showing the world that not all sodas are created equal. The DRY Sparkling line features ten culinary-inspired flavors, sweetened with a touch of cane sugar, available in 12 oz. glass bottles, slim 12 oz. cans, four-packs, and seasonal 750 mL Celebration bottles.
While non-alcoholic in nature, (like, uh, most sodas are) these drinks bare the signature Rogue treatment with the addition of all-natural honey and some Oregon-style TLC.
Northwest Soda Works, often referred to currently as “Bedford’s Sodas” was the brain child of Ed Bedford in 1983. Today you can find Crème Beer, Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer and the latest Orange Crème offered through many grocery stores and restaurants throughout the United States.
The history of Sunkist dates back to way before it was an orange soda. It all started more than a hundred years ago, when citrus growers in California and Arizona instituted the Sunkist trademark as a mark of freshness and premium flavor.
Introduced on June 20, 1919, Roy Allen’s root beer grew along with America’s drive-ins and car culture to become one of America’s great classics.
The time was 1938 and America was facing the Great Depression. Herb Bishop created a new carbonated drink based on Citrus Club, a regionally popular non-carbonated soft drink.