Author Archives: Kate Boyer

Simpson Spring

Simpson Spring Soda is a classic. Using the same recipes developed almost 100 years ago, our hand mixed product is made with the finest ingredients trying to preserve the past successes and traditions of the oldest bottling plant in America. Plus glass bottles always make the soda taste that much better.

Our hand mixed, small batch soda flavors include
Coffee Soda (Click HERE for Macy’s coffee soda suggestions from 1935) , Fruit Punch Soda, Cream Soda, Lemon Lime Soda, Root Beer Soda, Orange Soda, Grape Soda, White Birch Soda, Sarsaparilla Soda and Ginger Ale Soda.

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Reading Draft Soda

Berks County’s favorite sodas!  Our processes have changed over the years with the advent of technology, however the tradition of using pure cane sugar, natural ingredients (whenever possible) and the slow carbonation process is still used by Reading Draft. We were established in 1921 and have continued business without interruption ever since. Our current facility is directly across the driveway from the building where we were founded. Reading Draft products are triple filtered to remove sediment, and double carbon filtered to provide the purest taste for our soda. This obviously was not done in 1921 but has become our standard for our product, which our reputation hinges on. We also do not flash carbonate like many of the large soda manufacturers. Our carbonation process occurs in Grundy tanks which contain a stainless carbonation stone through which the CO2 introduced under low pressure.  As the soda cools to 34 degrees it absorbs the CO2 slowly and very small bubbles are produced which stay in the liquid for a longer period time. The soda tastes better due to the carbonation method and the use of cane sugar which provides a smoother mouth feel.  Caffeine is never added and our flavorings are also gluten free. Our only diet soda is a truly zero beverage with no carbs, calories, sodium or caffeine. It is sweetened with Splenda (TM Tate and Lyle).

Blenheim Ginger Ale, Hot

Blenheim Ginger Ale, Hot

Blenheim Ginger Ale Company; the earliest, smallest and many say finest, independent soda bottling company in the United States of America. Located on the grounds of the massive South of the Border Tourist Attraction in Hamer, South Carolina, the company retains the same small town, family-style production as when Good Ole’ Blenheim Ginger Ale began being bottled in 1903.
The natural mineral springs in Blenheim, South Carolina that are the genesis of today’s ginger ale were chanced upon in 1781 by James Spears, a Whig, who was attempting to elude Tory troops. As legend has it, Mr. Spears lost his shoe in a water hole. When he came back later to recover his lost shoe, he sampled the water and discovered its potent mineral contents. News of the natural spring circulated around the countryside and before long, folks were arriving from far and wide to try out the cold, invigorating water supply of the spring. Numerous affluent plantation owners constructed summertime houses in the area surrounding Blenheim Springs to take advantage of the constant supply of the soothing, refreshing spring water.

In the later part of the 1800′s, Dr. C. R. May counseled his patients with stomach troubles to drink in the water from the mineral springs. When his patients complained about the noticeable iron-like taste of the mineral water, Dr. May supplemented it with Jamaican Ginger to help make its flavor more appealing. In 1903, Dr. May and A. J. Matheson started the Blenheim Bottling Company next to the Blenheim Artesian Mineral Springs and began making Original Extra Pale. The structure which housed the original bottling plant was constructed in 1920 and operated as a working Bottler’s Museum for a number of years before tragically burning to the ground in December of 2008. In 1993 the Blenheim Bottling Company was bought by the Schafer Family, who also own the South of the Border Tourist Complex. They instantly refurbished the aging industrial plant to conform to modern criteria, and set about bottling our unique ginger ale.

Within a few weeks, however, it was clearly apparent that the antiquated plant would never be able to fill the demand that existed for Blenheim Ginger Ale, so a brand new modern plant was constructed with greater capability, though preserving the character and uniqueness of the original facility. The current proprietors believe the continuing production and evolution of Blenheim Ginger Ale is a “Labor of Love”. They unwaveringly trust there’s a marketplace in America for a small-scale, but distinct, bottling company with an altogether unparalleled artesian product.

Although the Original Extra Pale #5 Not as Hot was gingery enough for many customers, our extra spicy and fiery Old #3 Hot has surpassed it in popularity. Now supplemented by the waistline conscious #9 Diet with low-calorie sweeteners, Blenheim continues the century old tradition of crafting straight up, hot as blazes old time ginger ale. Blenheim Ginger Ale is bottled ONLY in 12 ounce glass bottles, never in cans or plastic, assuring that it never tastes “tinny” or “off”. All Blenheim products are now being packaged in packs of 6 bottles and cases 24 bottles. You can know for sure that today’s Blenheim is just as fresh, clean and pure today as it was over 100 years ago.

Homer Soda Company

Blenheim Ginger Ale, Hot in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Dublin Dr Pepper

You may have recently heard that Dublin Dr Pepper is now out of business.  You will no longer be able to purchase the adorable 8 oz glass bottles of Dr Pepper.  It’s very sad to think that this icon is now a collector’s item!  For our loyal customers, I want to let you know that we still have inventory of Dublin Dr Pepper.  Please go to our main site where you can order soda.  We have a limited supply left, so hurry before it’s gone!  Click here to Order!

Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda, Huckleberry

Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda, Huckleberry

Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda, Huckleberry




Homer Soda Company

Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda, Huckleberry in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Fact or fiction? Is the legend of the Flathead Lake Monster based on an innocent mistake of some local fly-fisherman or the haunting sighting of a legitimate descendant of a prehistoric creature? No one knows for sure. All we know is something’s going on in the deep, cold waters of the lake. First sighted by a steamship captain in 1889, the legend of the Flathead Lake Monster continues to grow. We offer this delicious handcrafted gourmet soda as a tribute to the Flathead Lake Monster and its legend

Jic Jac Blue Raspberry

Jic Jac Blue Raspberry
Jic Jac Blue Raspberry

 

 

 

Homer Soda Company

Jic Jac Blue Raspberry in the glass-bottle.

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices




Homer Soda Company

Jic Jac Blue Raspberry in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Strawberry Kiwi Breese

Strawberry Kiwi Breese

Strawberry Kiwi Breese




Homer Soda Company

Strawberry Kiwi Breese in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Excel is bringing back this classic glass-bottled soda, Strawberry Kiwi Breese!

Green River, Diet

Diet Green River

Diet Green River




Homer Soda Company

Diet Green River in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Wikipedia:

“The drink was developed in 1919 by the Schoenhofen Brewery of Chicago as a non-alcoholic product for the Prohibition era. It was popular as a soda fountain syrup, trailing only Coca-Cola in popularity throughout the Midwest.[1] However, after Prohibition ended in 1933 the Schoenhofen Brewery made Green River a second priority to alcoholic drinks. The Brewery then closed in 1950.[1]

The drink is now owned and produced by the WIT Beverage Company. It is frequently marketed as a nostalgia item and can be found in some Chicago area chain restaurants such as Schoop’s Hamburgers,Hackney’s, and Pepe’s or more generally in supermarkets during the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

The ingredients of the drink currently are: Carbonated water, Cane sugar, citric acid, natural lime oils,yellow #5, and blue #1. There is also a diet version, without sugar.

The name for the Creedence Clearwater Revival album Green River was inspired by the drink according to John Fogerty.[3]

Green River

Green River

Green River




Homer Soda Company

Green River in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Wikipedia:

“The drink was developed in 1919 by the Schoenhofen Brewery of Chicago as a non-alcoholic product for the Prohibition era. It was popular as a soda fountain syrup, trailing only Coca-Cola in popularity throughout the Midwest.[1] However, after Prohibition ended in 1933 the Schoenhofen Brewery made Green River a second priority to alcoholic drinks. The Brewery then closed in 1950.[1]

The drink is now owned and produced by the WIT Beverage Company. It is frequently marketed as a nostalgia item and can be found in some Chicago area chain restaurants such as Schoop’s Hamburgers,Hackney’s, and Pepe’s or more generally in supermarkets during the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

The ingredients of the drink currently are: Carbonated water, Cane sugar, citric acid, natural lime oils,yellow #5, and blue #1. There is also a diet version, without sugar.

The name for the Creedence Clearwater Revival album Green River was inspired by the drink according to John Fogerty.[3]

Sioux City Berry Berry

Sioux City Berry Berry

Sioux City Berry Berry




Homer Soda Company

Sioux City Berry Berry in the glass-bottle

Available for wholesale distribution and private events (weddings, office parties, BBQ, the list is endless!)

Email sales@homersoda.com for current prices

Sioux City brand was introduced in the 1970’s by the White Rock Beverage company.  Here is a little history from their website:

The story of White Rock dates back to 1871 when a pharmacist named H.M. Colver purchased the White Rock natural spring and its surrounding 60 acres in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Local Potawatomi Indians and settlers believed that the spring’s sparkling mineral water, which filtered through 1,400 feet of white magnesian rocks, held some medicinal power or value.

Capitalizing on the legend, Colver landscaped the grounds, built a pavilion and promoted the spring as a destination for vacationers and health seekers. A steamboat carried passengers to the grounds complete with spring house and later a health hotel. Within 5 years, Colver was bottling the spring’s water for distribution throughout the country and Waukesha had gained the acclaim as “Saratoga of the West.”

By the 1890’s, White Rock had become America’s largest selling sparkling table water and mixer. This was due in part to the transition from a medicinal beverage to a sophisticated beverage with a quality that allowed it to be served alone or with alcohol.

The company was looking for a trademark and came upon it at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. A painting titled “Psyche at Nature’s Mirror” by German artist Paul Thumann depicted a young woman, Psyche, kneeling on an alabaster rock and seeing her reflection in a pure, clear pool of water-appropriately symbolic of the natural water bottled at the Waukesha spring. Psyche has now represented the White Rock Company for over 110 years.

By the early 1900’s, White Rock’s reputation had spread quickly due in part to their domination of rail travel. Sales were starting to take off in Europe and other parts of the world and White Rock was featured at the coronation of England’s King Edward VII.

By the 1920’s, White Rock was part of historic events, most notably White Rock water was used at he christening of Gloria Vanderbilt (in the absence of church water). Charles Lindbergh also launched his historic flight from New York to Paris by breaking a bottle of White Rock Sparkling Water over his Spirit of Saint Louis plane.

White Rock became an innovative marketer and promoted Psyche so extensively that she was listed as one of the top ten trademarks in the United States. White Rock was served at the best restaurants and New York’s Times Square featured a clock with the slogan “White Rock-The Water For All Time.”

In 1924, White Rock went public and was acquired in 1944 by National Distillers, an international beverage marketer. By the time of the acquisition White Rock was the nation’s leading brand of sparkling water and ginger ale. National Distillers expanded sales through the acquisition of regional beverage companies including Morgan Beverages, a New York based producer of flavored soft drinks.

In 1952, Alfred Morgan then president of White Rock and grandson of the founder of Morgan Beverages purchased White Rock.

Today, the fourth and fifth generations of the Morgan family still own and operate this ever changing and evolving stalwart of the beverage industry.