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Pop the Soda Shop (PHX)

If I'm trying a new store/market/restaurant, I've generally either found it on this board or I've randomly drove by and it's too new to have been mentioned yet. However, with Pop the Soda Shop, this falls into neither category as I've never seen it nor have I visited.

That said, has anyone been there? A co-worker informed me of this gem this morning and I'm curious if anyone else knows about it. I can't wait to try it out.

Pop the Soda Shop
1649 N 74th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 994-4505
http://www.popsoda.com/

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  1. Huh. Finally, a local source of Baron's ginger ale--another item that TJ's stopped carrying after they got me hooked on it.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    1. Firenza and I have been there a couple of times - in their old location. It's a pretty cute little place with a lot of stuff. I'm sure he remembers more about it than I do (I tend to have a challenged memory), but everytime we drive by, he gazes longingly out the window. We have tried several things from there and enjoyed them all. You should definitely give it a try - you'll see something interesting, at the very least!

      1. I've been going there for years, less regularly since the move. Nice stop after rollerblading the Indian Bend Wash. It's kind of awesome -- you think they won't have your regional specialty, but they will. Moxie? Sure. Kosher Coke? No problem. That celery stuff? Of course. For a while there, I was trying to find out which is the the scorchingest, most spicy ginger ale on the market. Tried everything at Pop's.

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        1. re: themis

          Just for the record, their website states that they no longer carry Coke or Pepsi products due to potential litigation.

          1. re: azhotdish

            I saw the note about Pepsi, but the site implies that they still carry Mexican Coke:
            http://www.popsoda.com/cocacola.html

            1. re: azhotdish

              ...but not Dutch or American Coke? Weird. Maybe they just forgot to edit the Mexican Coke page?

          2. They have a massive variety of sodas. Moxie (the nasty Maine-based soda I despise, even though I'm a Maine native), tons of stuff with real cane sugar (which we all know kicks fructose's behind), the turkey/gravy soda around Thanksgiving, and just about anything in between. Like Tara17 said, I'm not sure we've been to the new location yet. If you are a soda junkie, it's definitely a place you need to go.

            1. Thanks for reminding me of this place. My wife loves Dublin Dr. Pepper (the only Dr. Pepper made with real cane sugar). I usually get some at Frances, the funky boutique next to Stinkweeds at Central and Camelback, but it's nice to have another source locally.

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              Pop the Soda Shop
              1649 N 74th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

              Frances
              10 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

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              1. re: silverbear

                Some of the Wal-Marts around here have the Dr Pepper with cane sugar. I saw it this past weekend at the new on at Bell and 19th Ave. They have a case of 16oz cans. I actually did a road trip to the Dublin plant when I lived in Dallas and while I dislike normal DP, the cane sugar brew I actually like.

                1. re: Firenza00

                  Wow. That's the last place I would expect to see it. When possible, I'd rather shop at Frances or Pop the Soda Shop, but I'll keep Wal-Mart in mind as a backup. Thanks for the tip.

                  1. re: silverbear

                    The cane sugar Dr. Pepper might be a limited thing. I've stocked up on a few cases from both Safeway and Alberson's. As posted, it's a 12 pack of 16oz cans & is on a cardboard flat wrapped in plastic. "Pure cane sugar" is prominently advertised on the packaging.

                    Also, the Costco at Cave Creek & the 101 had a bunch of cases (24 12oz bottles) of mexican Coke. $18 each.

                    1. re: JPinAZ

                      It shouldn't be a limited thing. The bottler in dublin has been really boosting production the last few years, since there's become a major niche market.

              2. We've been in a few times. We're not really big soda drinkers but it's a fun place to stop in and browse...we usually come home with an assortment of things to try that will last us a few months. (still have a dandelion soda from our last visit we haven't had the nerve yet to try!)

                They carry Ting which I've discovered I really like so I pick up a few of those everytime we're there. I was excited to see Fresca with Mexican labels but didn't read them close enough and realized when I opened the first one it was corn syrup and not cane sugar so I haven't finished those yet. My husband has been enjoying trying out all the different ginger sodas(there's one with a red cap that's hot hot hot!). They have a good assortment of root beers as well.

                The burrito shop next store isn't bad either(sorry I can't remember the name!) for a tasty lunch while you're there.

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                1. re: ziggylu

                  That would be Fiesta Burrito.

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                  Fiesta Burrito Mexican Food
                  7402 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

                  1. re: ziggylu

                    "(there's one with a red cap that's hot hot hot!)"

                    What's the name? I like the spicy ginger beer from POP!

                    1. re: ThirstyThursday

                      Sounds like Reed's Extra Ginger Brew
                      http://www.popsoda.com/reedexginbre.html

                      FWIW, Trader Joe's carries Reed's.

                      1. re: hohokam

                        Actually we still have a bottle in the fridge...i just checked and its Bleinheim. The one with the red cap. The white one isn't hot(but is good. That's the one I like, the red cap is way too hot for me). There's no other difference in the packaging or the label other than the color of the cap.

                        Much hotter than the Reed's Extra Ginger. We've had that one too(my husband loves ginger drinks). This is definitely the hottest "soda" I've ever tried...

                        1. re: ziggylu

                          Ooh. Hotter than Reed's. My interest is piqued! I'll definitely have to swing by there soon.

                        2. re: hohokam

                          Reed's is carried all over the place. Any "natural" food store, even Basha's and Safeway. It has totally spoiled me for the regular supermarket brands.

                          I got something called Organic Ginger Beer by Belvoir Fruit Farms, at Dish, and I hated it. I actually poured it right down the sink. And, it was $6 for a 750ml bottle.

                          1. re: johnseberg

                            Ja. I should have said that TJ's has the best price on Reed's--I almost can't bring myself to pay what the other stores charge for it.

                            I've been burned by few of the microbrew/all natural-ish ginger ales/beers/brews--usually the problem is the drink is too sweet or just bland, so I feel your pain.

                            I'm now feeling quite tempted to get some of the hot hot hot Bleinheim ziggylu mentioned.

                            1. re: hohokam

                              Cowboy Ciao stocks Blenheim at their bar. They'll do a scotch-and-soda with it that knocks my socks off. Really, it's a great antidote to a typical Phoenix summer day.

                    2. We just got back from the store, I was like a kid in a candy shop! We drove from Peoria, took about 35 min. Not too bad. Problem was, I spent $45.00!!! Not something I will do on a monthly basis. I am thinking of giving out some 6 packs of different sodas as gifts around the holidays. Would make great hostess gifts and such.

                      The owner said they also supply BevMo with their sodas if you need a quick fix.

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                      1. re: Kari

                        Yeah, I went last weekend and had a great time. I picked up a full box of 24 for $26; about a dozen different root beers and some other stuff (including Sex Soda, recommended). The girl was helpful explaining the layout of the store and was able to answer a few questions, so I'll definitely be back.

                        BTW, they did have Mexican Coke (and Coke Light), which was a surprise since their website states otherwise.

                        1. re: azhotdish

                          Yes, they had the Mexican Coke and Pepsi, but it listed corn syrup instead of cane sugar in the ingredient list.

                          1. re: Kari

                            Yeah, I was really excited to see Mexican Fresca and grabbed a bunch without looking at the label. Just assumed it was cane sugar. Was really disappointed when I opened the first and it was corn syrup. :-(

                        2. re: Kari

                          I didn't know they were supplying BevMo. I wonder if that means BevMo is carrying Ting? If so, YIPPEE! I'll be able to get my fix closer to home! I haven't been in BevMo yet but I'll have to go check it out now.

                          1. re: Kari

                            We did a Valentine's party once and stocked up on a variety of red sodas. It turned into something akin to a wine tasting with lots of people trying each one and picking faves.

                          2. Be so thankful for pop. In dallas we have a soda shop that has about 1/4 the selection and they all have a blanket price of 2.50 a piece.

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                            1. re: kindofabigdeal

                              That the place down in Oak Cliff? I remember reading about one when I was still living there.

                              1. re: Firenza00

                                That's it. It's a bit fancier, and they stock cigars and do tastings... but as for selection there's no comparison.