The Expert Guide to Regional Sodas


The soda industry has not been much of a media darling as of late. What with our nation's on-going battle with obesity, and the rising popularity of natural and artisanal products over mass-produced national brands. Still, not all sodas have a bad rap. There are a great many, in fact, that invoke a true sense of nostalgia and regional pride. That are the products of long-standing family businesses, and which are made according to authentic, time-honored recipes. We're talking, of course, about regional soda brands.

If you grew up in the New York area — and Brooklyn, specifically — the mention of the category will likely recall Manhattan Special, a coffee soda that has been produced out of its original Williamsburg plant since 1895. For some, the beverage evokes memories of Brooklyn in the summer, how the smell of coffee brewing fills the air as it escapes from the doorway the factory keeps open during those warmer months. For others, the soda is inextricably linked with the relative that loved drinking it, and how you used to enjoy it together — your grandmother, say, with you at the Thanksgiving table.


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