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Jan 20, 2011 09:17 AM


Anyone know where I can purchase Cheerwine in Houston? I'm curious to try it. We were in North Carolina a few years ago, but hadn't heard of it then.

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  1. I thought this was an alcoholic beverage but I had never heard of it so I looked it up.

    Interesting website:

    Per the "Distributor/Locator" on the website, for Texas: "There are currently no Distributors located in this state. Please check back later."

    But you can order online.

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    1. re: DoobieWah

      Thanks, in a city this size, I would have thought...

      1. re: Lambowner

        Sounds like a business opportunity Lambsy. ;-)

        1. re: DoobieWah

          I think I like that moniker, DoobieWah, Lambsy! But this was a serious inquiry, while also a test of the new email notification system I got from chowhound, er, by email? Fail on the email notification, did any of you get that email? I checked the box, and got one notification, then none from this post..

          Yes Cheerwine is soft drink! I've heard it tastes like cough syrup. I believe it is indigenous to North Carolina.(or South, not sure) Even though I don't drink full sugared soft drinks, I'd like to taste it. Maybe it's at Phoenicia, or some other place that is not an authorized distributor.

          1. re: Lambowner

            Oh I knew it was a serious inquiry and I looked into it so far as to research their website.

            As Bruce notes below, if Spec's has it listed, someone else probably does as well. I will check Phoenicia if I'm there this weekend, and I almost always am.


            ...Tastes like cough syrup? Bleccch!

            Out of curiosity, where did you hear of it?

            1. re: DoobieWah

              It crops up now and again in foody blogs. This post at Serious Eats is one:


              Thanks for checking at Phoenicia!

              1. re: Lambowner

                No Cheerwine at Phoenicia.

                They did have a soft drink called Ironwine. I didn't buy it.

                Should I?

              2. re: DoobieWah

                Oh, by the way, by "serious inquiry" I just meant that I tried to think of a real topic I was interested in to post here on Chowhounds, but with the ultimate goal of checking out the new email notification system. Cheerwine topic=win. New email notification=fail. Have you received email notifications, Doobs? I have received only one after the initial announcement of this new feature.

                1. re: Lambowner

                  I haven't. But then, I didn't check the box to receive them. I get enough ... uhmmm... "stuff" in my inbox. (Goodreads, WilliamsSonoma,Amazon, Corel,Nero, NewEgg, Nature Physics Portal, Jerusalem Post, (I'm not Jewish!), Netflix, Directron, CentralMarket...aaaaahhhhhh!) That doesn't even count the millions I get from friends and family. You know, those all important, "Don't leave a cut onion in the refrigerator unless you want to DIE!", emails and the like.

                  I have the Houston board bookmarked and from there, I just click on my UserName at the top right and that opens my "Profile" page on the "My Posts" tab. Then I can see what threads have received a new post as well as all of the topics I have posted on. It doesn't necessarily mean they've replied to my post, but those are obviously the threads that got my interest for one reason or another.

                  I may be doing it the hard way, but I only started posting here last spring. I'm a Newbie!

                  As long as we're asking questions, are you really a lambowner, and if so, do you raise them as cute little pets or... you know... Easter dinner?

                  I noticed muuuch later that I had replied to your negative experience at Pita Plus with a comment that you try it again and have the Saturday Roasted Lamb. I've been wondering if that was cruelly insensitive of me. ;-)

                  1. re: DoobieWah

                    Haha! No, my name is Mary and growing up, most every adult I met thought it terribly original and funny to ask where my lamb was. I never knew what to say. I don't actually own one, but I love to eat them!

                    Haven't heard of Ironwine. Thanks for checking!

      2. It's listed on the inventory of Spec's downtown but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll have it in stock. If that's out of your way, you might try calling them first to see if they have it.

        1. Ok I have never heard of this, however, I consider myself an open minded foodie, but cough syrup lol? If you actually find it please let me know, this I gotta try

          1. I don't think it tastes like cough syrup...but it does have a strong artificial cherry flavor (which you might associate with cough syrup if you had cherry cough syrup growing up).

            I worked briefly in North Carolina and drank quite a few Cheerwines. :-)

            1. Not sure if you found it yet, but as I'm typing this, I am enjoying a ice cold Cheerwine courtesy of The Cracker Barrel here in Houston.

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              1. re: Dru_green

                Thanks! I did eventually buy it at Specs. And found it to be not my thing!