Herb Bishop created Squirt in Phoenix, Arizona in 1938. It was based on a regionally popular non-carbonated soft drink, called Citrus Club. His creation used less sugar and less fruit juice. Thank you to nchjdl, TheBigOReview and Sam Kapellusch for the request. Are you a fan of Squirt? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
According to WPIX New York news announcer Larry Mendte, black cherry Wishniak sodas originated in the 1950s with Philadelphia’s Frank’s Beverages. A Wishniak is a cordial, made in Russia and Eastern Europe, that consists of sugar, cherries and vodka. When Frank’s Beverages was looking for new flavors, they came up with a new soda that reminded company president Mulford Frank of the alcoholic beverage. Now, other companies produce black cherry Wishniak flavors, including Stewart’s, Hank’s and Canada Dry. What non-ginger […]
Stewart’s Cream Soda was one of two flavors introduced in 1992, the first time the brand extended beyond root beer. The only one was Ginger Beer. Thank you to galactigus20 for the request. Do you enjoy Stewart’s Cream Soda? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
The ice cream soda – that is, the mixing of ice cream with carbonated water – is said to have been invented by Robert M. Green of Philadelphia in 1874. The most popular version may be the root beer float, featuring root beer and vanilla ice cream. The first person known to have made it was Frank Wisner, who owned a soda shop in Colorado. He named it Black Cow Mountain, after the Cow Mountain, and it was later shortened […]
Orange was the first Crush flavor, introduced in the early 1900s. This bottle of Crush Orange was produced in Guatemala and is sweetened with sugar. What’s your favorite Crush flavor? If you are from outside the U.S., where are you and what Crush flavors do you have available to you? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
Depending on where you are in the world, you’ll find many different Crush fruit soda flavors. This bottle of Crush Lemon was made in Guatemala. Rest in peace, Frank Outzen (Reggaefrank09). My thoughts are with his friends and family. Have you had Crush Lemon? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
Ohio schoolteacher Frank Stewart opened his Stewart’s Root Beer stand in 1924. Stewart’s was only available at root beer stands and drive-in theaters until 1990, when Cable Car Beverage Corporation acquired the bottling rights and began producing 12 ounce bottles of the soda. Triarc (which would later become The Wendy’s Company, as in the fast food restaurant) bought Cable Car Beverage in 1997 and later sold the Stewart’s brand, along with Snapple and Mistic, to Cadbury Schweppes. Eventually, Cadbury Schweppes […]
IBC Root Beer was launched in 1919 by the Griesedieck family, who formed with breweries in the St. Louis area as the Independent Breweries Company – which is what IBC stood for. It was developed as a non-alcoholic alternative during prohibition. The Kranzberg family purchased the trademark and increased distribution led to a growth in popularity in the 20s. In the 30s, they sold it to the National Bottling Company. In the 1970s, the drink was bought by Taylor Beverages, […]
Tahitian Treat is a fruit punch soda. Thank you to Neil Block for the request. Are you a fan of Tahitian Treat? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
There is a tremendous amount of variety in the world when it comes to root beers. On this episode, I’m going to blind taste six of them. Thank you to Richard Mont, mikeypaco, Kevin Saju and candouidus for the request. Of the root beers featured here, which ones have you had? And which is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments. Here is a run down of the sodas featured in this blind tasting: Boylan Root Beer Company: […]
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