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The search for the best soda???

kaveh Aug 27, 2007 12:05 AM

I've recently become very interested in microbrew sodas. I know Bev Mo has a large selection but I don't know where to start. Can anyone share some input on this subject?

  1. brekkie_fan Sep 9, 2007 09:09 AM

    Started trying GUS (Grown-Up Soda) after having some at French Laundry. Grabbed a 4-pak at the new Whole Foods in Tustin. Only seen it at Santa Monica Seafood, but It's prob at Galco's. The dry crimson grape was pretty cool.

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    1. re: brekkie_fan
      Diana Sep 9, 2007 02:31 PM

      I've seen GUS at some Gelson's and WHole Foods locations.

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      kaveh Sep 7, 2007 02:18 PM

      Thank you for your input. I will definitely make a visit to Galco's since everyone said it was the best.

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      1. re: kaveh
        yclops Sep 9, 2007 01:43 AM

        Don't forget to try Apple Beer. Grew up with the stuff (and the now defunct Cherry Beer). It was a happy, happy day when I first found it in LA at Surfas. Also at Galco and BevMo.

        Great thread.

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        LuigiOrtega Aug 29, 2007 09:52 AM

        Also Real Soda in Real Bottles www.realsoda.com has stuff from around the world.

        1. Nukedli Aug 28, 2007 10:33 PM

          Micro-brewed Sprechers Root Beer from Milwaukee is made with real vanilla and honey. I found a case at BevMo in Culver City, but it was a bit dusty and tasted a bit old. It was still much better than any of the supermarket sodas. When fresh, it's the best soda I ever tasted.


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          1. re: Nukedli
            Diana Aug 29, 2007 06:06 AM

            I love the Sprecher line. Their hard stuff is good, too. Abita does a good root beer. You can get sprecher from a keg, I believe, at Lucky Devil's. Very fresh.

            Bulldog root beer is also very nice.

            I also like some of the really bitey ginger beers, like the jamaican and aussie ones.

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            Diana Aug 28, 2007 12:28 PM

            Another good one is the Dr Pepper from the Texas bottling plant.

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              jessiebelle Aug 28, 2007 12:27 PM

              mexican coke in the bottle...

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                Evan G Aug 28, 2007 01:46 PM

                Mexican Coke is good, but nothing prepared me for how much I feel in love with the Coca Cola in Peru. Like Mexican CC, it's real sugar, but there was also a hint of some spices that was really interesting.

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                  Akitist Sep 9, 2007 12:29 PM

                  Couldn't be real coca, given the location?

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                    Evan G Sep 9, 2007 01:59 PM

                    Yes, but doesn't Coca Cola also use some real coca everywhere? (or is that an urban legend)

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                      maxzook Sep 9, 2007 02:27 PM

                      Yes and no. Coca-Cola hasn't used cocaine in the formula since 1903, although they still use a "non-narcotic coca leaf extract":


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                        Evan G Sep 10, 2007 03:30 PM

                        Well yeah, you can have coca leaf, but not cocaine. But people still get freaked out about it.

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                          maxzook Sep 10, 2007 09:33 PM

                          Which is probably why the company swears "It's not real coca leaf"

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                antiphrasis Aug 28, 2007 11:40 AM

                I've been on a hunt for European Fanta, but I couldn't find any at Galco's. I've also been looking for some elusive Japanese Ice Cucumber Pepsi, but I wasn't able to find any in the grocery stores in Little Tokyo (or Famima!!). Any ideas?

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                  chow726 Aug 28, 2007 11:40 AM


                  1. PaulF Aug 28, 2007 10:39 AM

                    My kids favor a brand of soda called Izze.

                    It's fruit juice flavored and they have pomegranate, clementine, grapefruit and a few others.

                    We buy them at Beverage Warehouse in Culver City, where I also buy my beer. I've never been to a BevMo or Galco's so I can't compare, but Bev Warehouse is a good spot if you are near Culver City, nice people and a nice selection of beer, sodas, waters and spirits.

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                      maxzook Aug 29, 2007 10:24 AM

                      Izze's can often be found at Starbucks. And they dust the bottles, if you're into that kind of thing.

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                        cjla Aug 29, 2007 01:08 PM

                        I buy my Izze at Target--although not all Target's carry it. I know I've seen it in the Burbank location(the one with the planes) and the new one in Glendale. They put it on sale every couple of months!

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                          Dav Aug 29, 2007 04:08 PM

                          I think I've seen Izze at the Whole Foods in El Segundo.

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                            Diana Aug 30, 2007 06:36 AM

                            Izze is pretty much all over

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                              Evan G Aug 31, 2007 07:53 AM

                              Yeah, I didn't think it was ubiquitous, but I didn't think it was hard to find, either. Not something I'd make a trip to Bev Mo or Galco's for--I'd want something rarer.

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                          Diana Aug 27, 2007 09:00 AM

                          fourth or fifth for Galco's

                          I would just go weekly and fill up two six packs with different soda every time.

                          I personally am a root beer and creme soda fan, so those are the ones I hit. I like Sprecher's a whole lot. they do good reuglar beer, too.

                          Moxi is interesting,and one of the oldest sodas in the US.

                          Look for malta and other alcohol free grain made soft drinks. A great flavor.

                          Just have fun. maybe you should do soda tasting flights with your friends. A root beer flight, creme soda flight, orange flight, malt soft drink flight, cherry flight, blue soft drink flight, and so on.

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                            Evan G Aug 27, 2007 08:48 AM

                            I don't know what you're looking for, but if you think Bev Mo's selection is large, get thee to Highland Park for Galco's--it'll blow your mind.

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                              calabasas_trafalgar Aug 29, 2007 01:03 PM

                              The cool thing about Galco's is that even if he doesn't have something, he can tell you all about it, and where you can get it, if it's still being made. I thought I could stump him with some old brands I used to get back in the 50s, and he knew every one.

                              But I no longer need to go there for Bubble Up, they have it at Famima now.

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                              Dav Aug 27, 2007 08:48 AM

                              Get thee to Galco's.

                              Galco's Old World Grocery
                              5702 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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                              1. re: Dav
                                Evan G Aug 28, 2007 08:16 AM

                                Whoa--exact same sentiment, exact same posting time.

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                                  Dav Aug 28, 2007 08:16 PM

                                  Yeah, well I snuck the link in... :D

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                                  David Kahn Aug 27, 2007 10:43 AM

                                  Agree. (Isn't it nice when somebody asks a question that actually has a single, correct answer?)

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                                    WildSwede Aug 28, 2007 10:59 AM


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                                      Das Ubergeek Aug 28, 2007 11:05 AM


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                                        slacker Aug 28, 2007 12:08 PM

                                        Yes indeedy.

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                                      calabasas_trafalgar Aug 28, 2007 12:39 PM


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                                    klaatu Aug 27, 2007 08:21 AM

                                    I haven't really looked at their stock, but there's a specialty soda stand at the Farmer's Market (the one by the Grove).

                                    1. Emme Aug 27, 2007 12:40 AM

                                      If you're ever near the Beverly Glen Market at Bev Glen and Mulholland, they have an interesting smattering of random, rarer sodas, particularly bottled.

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