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What non-perishable, non alcoholic beverage would you say is unique, or associated with San Diego?

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seriousscrub Oct 31, 2011 08:37 PM

While Carne Asada Fries, California Burritos, and Fish Tacos are often considered uniquely San Diegan (at least within the US), and San Diego has a pretty good collection of microbreweries, I can't think of something more durable (can withstand an airplane checkin) that would be considered San Diegan, or Californian, for that matter.

Any Ideas?

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  1. cgfan RE: seriousscrub Oct 31, 2011 11:18 PM

    I'm not familiar with it, but Pizza Port does brew their own root beer, though of course root beer isn't unique to San Diego.

    Outside of that the only thing I can think of that's non-perishable and non-alcoholic, but IS NOT a beverage, but is very much associated with San Diego (OK, technically Escondido) - is Dr. Bronner's Magic All-in-One pure castille soap!

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      jmtreg RE: cgfan Nov 2, 2011 03:45 PM

      I love Dr. Bonner's soap.

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      JRSD RE: seriousscrub Nov 1, 2011 07:18 AM

      Ballast Point makes a bloody mary mix that does not have alcohol in it. If you are a tomato juice drinker, that could be good. If youa re OK with non-beverage liquids, Stone Brewery makes a line of condiments, including mustard, hot sauce and bbq sauce.

      1. DiningDiva RE: seriousscrub Nov 1, 2011 08:32 AM

        Julian Hard Cider? Oh,wait, I think that has an alcohol content

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          The Office Goat RE: seriousscrub Nov 1, 2011 08:44 AM

          Non-perishable, non-alcoholic liquid associated with San Diego ... sea water? Oh wait, beverage...

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            Jenkay RE: seriousscrub Nov 1, 2011 08:48 AM

            Mexcian cane sugar Coca-Cola (or other sodas) is really the only thing I can come up with off the top of my head. I know it's not *technically* from San Diego, but most people in most parts of the country associate us with the border..

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              steveprez RE: seriousscrub Nov 1, 2011 09:01 AM

              Canned tuna??

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                oerdin RE: seriousscrub Nov 1, 2011 10:57 AM

                Julian produces a lot of non-alcoholic apple ciders.

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                  RB Hound RE: oerdin Nov 1, 2011 11:23 AM

                  Yes, but I don't think the cider travels entirely well, and my experience has been that the cider quality degrades pretty quickly. If I let an unopened half gallon go even 5 days before opening it, it is nowhere near as good as it would be if opened immediately. Certainly, you have to keep it refrigerated.

                  I'm still irritated that cherry-apple cider was entirely gone from the Wynola Valley Orchard (formerly known as Meyer's) and Mom's before noon Sunday.

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                    Jenkay RE: RB Hound Nov 1, 2011 11:34 AM

                    I was thinking the same thing about traveling with the cider, plus most of the mills pack their cider in plastic "milk" jugs- not good for packing in a suitcase unless you poured it into something more durable for the trip.

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                  jayporter RE: seriousscrub Nov 2, 2011 04:39 PM

                  Here's why I don't think there exists such a thing here: without alcohol as a preserving agent, for a beverage to be non-perishable means its going to have to have preservatives and/or be a sugar water sort if thing with no real food-ish ingredients in it , just "flavor" from very limited (probably chemical) sources. So really, it could only be a soda pop or heavily processed fruit drink, and unlike some cities, we don't have anything unique like that made here. I agree with the poster who suggested that Mexican coke (and, I also think, other Mexican soft drinks like Jarritos and Fanta in various flavors and in glass bottles) is the closest thing we have to a "regional" soda, even though drinks like these are imported.

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