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RC, Shasta, "generic cola's"

Most of these "generic" soda's are given/sold to hospitals.....although I remember my first real job at a local amusement park which sold only RC cola products.

And I used to live in the town which produced/distributed Shasta Cola, Hayward, CA.:)

Anyone else like the old fashioned generic cola's??? your reviews??? Thx.

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  1. I really like both RC Cola and Shasta. They can only be found sparingly in the Hartford, Ct area.

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    1. re: pizza 36

      Hi Pizza36,

      You can find RC cola at Big Y markets (they are distributed by Polar out of Worcester) and I saw Shasta at Dollar Tree in East Hartford.

    2. About 12 years ago, my Mom took us to the grand re-opening of th Jewel grocery store in a suburb of Chicago. They enhanced the store greatly and hosted quite a swarye. They gave away tons of samples and if you spent X then you were given certain free items. I remeber among the items we recieved was a case of President's Choice cola. It was so delicious and such a treat from the TAB we were allowed to drink!

      1. It's been a long time since I drank RC Cola, but I do remember that it was the official cola of the New York Mets and was served exclusively at Shea Stadium for several years. I also remember C&C Cola, which my grandfather used to drink. I was not a fan. These days I am strictly a Coke drinker when it comes to cola.

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        1. re: xnumberoneson

          That's a while back. Do you still remember the words to the Rheingold song?

          Man, I'd forgotten all about C&C Cola. Mom used to get that ALL the time because it was so cheap. But, it was still better than the generic cola from First National and A&P. That stuff tasted like they left the nut shells in. I also recall our uncle had Hoffman sodas delivered to his house and we loved every variety except the cola.

          1. re: Panini Guy

            "My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer
            Think of Rheingold whenever you buy beer
            It's not bitter, not sweet
            Extra dry-flavored treat
            That is why I drink dry Rheingold beer"
            (or something like that)

            Just looked it up.. I was a bit off..:

            "My beer is Rheingold the dry beer.
            Think of Rheingold whenever you buy beer.
            It's not bitter, not sweet,
            it's the extra dry treat --
            Won't you try extra dry Rheingold beer?"

        2. Shasta is widely available in the West. Are you sure you don't really mean Regional sodas not known outside their area?

          1. Yeah...in the Midwest RC(didn't realize it's a generic) is pretty ubiquitous. Don't know about the hospital distribution.

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            1. re: aelph

              yeah...I was being facetious about RC considered as a generic

                1. re: ccbweb

                  :)

                  ...see...I like RC...it has it's place in the cola pantheon. I wish Shasta were available near me.

                  1. re: aelph

                    The thing I find hilarious about this thread on a personal level is that I'm actually in the hospital right now. And they do, indeed, have Shasta. So I'm getting my fill of many flavors.

                    (It's just not accurate that "most" of it is "given/sold" to hospitals.)

                    1. re: ccbweb

                      very strange, I must admit...too bad the o.p. is awol

              1. re: aelph

                Shasta is favored by some hospitals because they package their product in 8 oz cans which fits on the hospital trays a lot better.

                You will find RC/7up products in hospitals as in some hospitals, the dietary department is required to seek competitive bids on all food items. Whatever beverage company is the cheapest gets the contract.