Homer Soda Company
Ski in the glass-bottle
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Ski is an orange and lemon flavored soft drink using actual orange and lemon concentrates manufactured by the Double ColaCompany. Some have likened Ski’s unique citrus flavor to Mountain Dew, Mello Yello, Sun Drop, Vault, or Squirt. One 12 oz. bottle of ski contains 69 mg of caffeine, for comparison, a bottle of Mountain Dew contains 54 mg.
The Double Cola Company of Chattanooga, Tennessee originally got the formulated Ski from Byron Clarson in 1956 who owned a Double Cola-related bottling company inRichland Center, Wisconsin.  and trademarked the soda in 1958.Ski soda has also long been a mainstay and means of survival for campers and staff at the Boy Scouts of America’s, Chief Logan Reservation, located in Ray, Ohio.
Bottling of Ski mainly takes place in Breese, Illinois and the drink also comes in cherry, diet and caffeine-free versions.
In 1961, Excel bottling Co. in Breese, IL  bought the rights to Ski. Excel Bottling is one of the few “Mom and Pop” bottlers in the United States. It distributes Ski mainly to Clinton County and Bond County, however bottled Ski, along with its counterparts Cherry Ski, Frostie’s Root Beer,and others, are being sold in high end retailers in Saint Louis, MO.
In 1999, the Ski can and logo was redesigned with the phrase “Taste the Wake.”
Ski is bottled by the Excel Bottling plant in Breese, IL!
Edward “Lefty” J Meier and Catherine Meier founded Excel Bottling Co in the summer of 1936. Lefty had used the reward money that he obtained from catching a bank robber to purchase a used bottling machine. At the time Lefty started bottling soda, two other soda plants were operating in Breese, IL. The Excel bottling plant and attached household were originally owned by Catherine’s Grandmother (Mrs. Goellner) in which she had preciously operated a general store.
Excel Bottling Company continues to produce flavored soda using cane sugar, returnable bottles, and vintage bottling equipment. The county’s favorite soft drink “Ski” was added in 1961 and accounts for the majority of soda produced. Excel Bottling Company is one of a few remaining Mom & Pop bottlers left in the nation and is the only returnable bottling line left in the state of Illinois. Besides bottling soda, the plant produces syrup for use on fountain equipment. Excel Bottling Company has continually sold its soda to grocery stores, service stations, taverns, restaurants and special events in the area.
Edward Meier passed away in 1996 and his wife Catherine Meier continued to do the bookwork until age 97. Catherine recently passed away at age 99. She was quoted saying, “Eddie and I built our business selling one case of soda at a time.” Her spirit lives on through her sons and grandchildren. Great products, loyal customers, and dedicated employees keep Excel products a local favorite”
Watch a great video about Excel Bottling here!