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No Pop is an Island Unto Itself

Well, sad news guys, I wasn’t able to make it to Pop’s and if you don’t watch the news and are wondering why, allow me to fill you in. I was unable to make it to Pop’s because I don’t own a boat, that’s right Pop’s was surrounded by water! For a short while Pop’s became an island and everyone who was trapped on that island must have been in heaven! I’m sure they were thinking, “Sure, we’re surrounded by water with no way of escape, but, we’re also surrounded by hamburgers and thousands of soda pop bottles!” Well, that’s what I would be thinking. Anyway, hopefully God will no send another biblical storm to Oklahoma next weekend and I will be able to make it out to Pop’s. Again I apologize to our two readers, my mom and you, yes you, thank you for reading, see you in a couple days.

-matt

I’m sorry guys

I know it’s been a ridiculously long time since I’ve posted but I just haven’t been able to make it to pops in a while! I’d probably feel bad if anyone actually read this. The good news is that I believe me and my family will hopefully be going this monday, and if not I’ll probably try to go on sunday. In the meantime  I found an old post that I forgot to publish so enjoy!

Sincerely,

matt

Cream of the Crop

We’re back with some more Virgil’s! Last time we tried Orange Cream Soda and remember how I said that the orange and cream flavors would be better as seperate sodas? Well, today we are going to find out because I will be trying Virgil’s Cream Soda and I’m really excited!

This soda was bomb dawg, the first sip I had literally made me say “Oh, wow!” out loud. The vanilla is very natural and delicious tasting, it is hard to believe how natural it tastes, it’s like they melted a vanilla bean and turned it into a liquid, well it’s like they melted a lot of vanilla beans, a whole lot. This is by far one of the best cream sodas I have ever had and I definitely recommend it. Four and a half pops:

I know what you’re thinking…

 where are the news posts, I’m dying to hear about new soda?! i know, I know, it’s okay, truth is, I’m just about out of pop an need to make another run soon, however, it is dead week at school which means next week is finals week so I probably won’t get around to it soon, I apologize. In the meantime, feel free to sent soda donations or send in your own reviews at popsreview@yahoo.com! Be back real soon.

-matt

Double Double Cola Cola

Today I will be reviewing a soda that is two times a cola, it is a Double Cola. Why Double Cola instead of just single cola? I don’t know, but the label says “Double Measure, Double Pleasure.” However, they don’t say what is double measured, so I have no idea what makes this cola double

There’s nothing special about this particular cola, nothing double about it really. True to most non-commercial sodas, this soda uses cane sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup, which does give it a better flavor. Other than that there doesn’t seem to be much else to this cola, no secret ingredients or special spices are used, it’s pretty straight forward. However, it does have an after taste that reminds me of Dr. Pepper. All in all, this is not a bad soda, but not a great one either. It tastes like this soda was made by combining three parts Coca Cola with one part Dr. Pepper. I give it three pops

Virgil’s Orange Cream Soda

I know, I know, I’m on a Virgil’s kick but I’ve almost tried them all. Naturally I was excited to try this soda because I have been impressed with Virgil’s other sodas. But let’s take a look at what happens when you use all natural flavors and no preservatives in your orange cream soda. 

In accordance with Virgil’s high standards, this soda is “made naturally using the finest vanilla beans, natural orange flavor, and unrefined vanilla sugar.” Maybe it’s the kid in me or the American in me, but when I drink orange cream soda soda I want that good ol’ fake orange taste that blends well with fake vanilla. On it’s own, a natural flavored orange soda would be great. However, when mixed with real vanilla beans, it’s quite the contradiction. The orange flavor is too sharp and the vanilla flavor is too smooth and my mouth is getting confused because it wants one or the other. Although, Virgil’s does tell you up front that this is a “twist on a classic cream soda” but this is not what I was expecting. Natural sodists (if that’s not a word, then it is now!) might rejoice over a natural orange cream soda, but it’s just not for me. Three pops.

 

Find it at Pop’s along Route 66 (http://www.pops66.com/) or at the Virgil’s website (http://www.reedsinc.com/virgils/)  

Boot Reer

Today we’re reviewing Myers Avenue Red Root Beer or maybre I should put it Myers Avenue Red, Root Beer because it’s not red root beer of anything like that. This is another vintage soda from “America’s Original Premium Sodas.”

This soda is all talk and label. Look at that attractive looking label, who wouldn’t buy it, it’s cool and vintage looking. However I did not really care for this style of root beer. This is a darker root beer for those soda drinkers with a finer taste. However I prefer a sweet, crisp root beer. One thing I did like about this root beer is how it creates a melt in your mouth sensation when you drink it. As soon as it hits your tongue it turns into tiny little bubbles and becomes very frothy. But sadly, the taste isn’t as exciting as the experience. This soda is too heavy on the molasses, which gives it it’s dark taste. Also, this root beer uses a significant amout of cinnamon, which combines with the molasses to overpower the “root” taste that makes root beer, root beer. I give it two and a half stars and it’s only getting that extra half star for the texture.

 

Brain Juice

Hello friends, welcome back. Today we are taking a spiritual journey through the mind. It is time to awaken your inner thoughts and desires, how are we going to do this? Simple. By drinking Brainalizer, the Carbonated Herbal Beverage!

This is the first existential beverage I’ve ever had. If you can’t make it out, the fine yellow print at the bottom of the label reads: “These twelve liquid ounces were designed to get you up off your butt and make you think about where you are in your life and where you’re going.” That’s some powerful stuff. And this soda don’t lie, it packs a serious herbal punch that will definitely get you off your butt. Let me list some ingredients in case you’re not sold on this idea: siberian ginseng, gotu kola, goldenseal, dill weed, echinacea, ginko biloba, dandelion, african capsicum, and beet juice. i think half of those things have to do with where dragon ball z fighters get their power so you know this stuff is powerful! The taste of this soda is pretty good, it taste like a grapefruit mountain dew, which isn’t half bad. All in all I give it three and a half pops. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go contemplate my life.

Here’s a look at what’s to come!

Kickin it old school

Today we’re kickin it old school and trying a soda that has been around longer than the internet! The Boylan Bottleworks Company has been around since 1891, which means they’ve had quite a while to work on this beverage.

Boylan calls this Sugar Cane Cola a “vintage soda pop.” The bottle looks vintage, the soda smells vintage, and it even tastes vintage, but not in a bad way. Like most old things and even old people, this soda has character. In this soda, you can taste the struggle the Boylan company went through during the Great Depression…ha ha I’m just kidding, soda should never be that serious. All jokes aside this is a decent soda, I can see grabbing this glass bottle out of the ice box, and sipping it down on a hot summer day as you rock on the rockin chair on your wooden front porch. I would definitely recommend this soda to fans of cane sugar colas or the Pepsi Throwbacks that they are selling now. This is a good soda for drinkin while your grand pappy tells you about the good ol’ days. Three and a half pops