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Jun 15, 2010 07:16 PM

Soft Drinks--Any Local and Regional Favorites Where You Live?

I'm been looking at this topic for a while, and have been surprised how many small local soft drinks there still are around the country. Cheerwine in North Carolina, Ale-8-One around Winchester Ky., and Dr. Enuf around Johnston City Tenn. come to mind. There seem to be lots of root beers especially.

What are the favorite small, local, limited distribution soft drinks where you live?

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  1. While you're at it, there is also Sundrop from Gastonia in NC. Lemony, enough sugar and caffeine to make you beg for mercy. Definitely a regional thing.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thanks for that link. I did a search before posting, but didn't go back as far as 2003 obviously. My bad. Here's another one I just found.

        But still interested in hearing from everyone about their local favs.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          The first thing that came to mind was the first one mentioned in that thread: Manhattan Special (coffee soda). Great stuff, glad it's still around...

          1. re: johnlockedema

            Yes, Boylan's is good, sold in NYC as well.

          2. As a kid we drank a lot of Suburban Almond Smash. Great stuff. The new version out today is too cloyingly sweet.

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            1. Cheerwine has made its way north to Virginia. Tasty stuff. And one of the few things I miss about living in Kentucky is Ale-8-One. There's a Richmond company called the Switch that makes some interesting sodas.