Pop It!

I seem to have developed a thing for obscure soda pops. It all started a few months ago when Devon and I happened upon a hole-in-the-wall convenience store with a sign that says, “We sell American pop”1. And when we went in, they had all sorts of pop that you usually can’t get here in Canada, like this Antioxidant Diet Cherry 7Up:

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It has antioxidants, so that makes it healthy!

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A few weeks later, Devon and I went to the Taco Shack, where he tried some Sioux City Root Beer, which might be the best tasting root beer ever made. Which then set Devon off on a hunt for where we could buy this miracle drink – as going all the way to the Taco Shack2 seems like a lot of effort to get a bottle of pop. I’ll spare you the details of the hunt, but it turned out that they sell Sioux City at the Donald’s Market at the New West Quay, which is like 5 seconds from our place.

Sioux City Sarsparilla

This is the Sioux City Sarsaparilla, which is different than the Sioux City Root Beer3, though I’m not sure how since the subtitle on this bottle is “The granddaddy of all root beers.”

But not only do they sell the Sioux City, they also sell all sorts of other crazy delicious microbrew pops. Like Boylan’s Birch Beer:

Boylan's

Birch Beer – not quite as good as spruce beer – my personal favourite tree-flavoured pop – but still pretty damn delicious!

And Bedford’s Creme Beer, which I totally bought because it made me think of my good friend, Dr. Bedford4:

Bedford's Creme Beer

And Pig Iron Cola, which I bought because how could I not? It’s got a pig on it!

Pig Iron Cola

Devon insisted on buying this one because it has a pretty girl on it and he’s a pervert it’s imported:

Saucy Lady on orange pop

And then I insisted on buying Cock n’Bull ginger beer, which (a) I intend to use to make a Dark ‘n’ Stormy and (b) it has a cock and a bull on it:

Cock 'n Bull Ginger Creer

And then there is the creme de la creme, the piece de resistance, the je ne sais quoi, and various other French phrases I’m sure: MacFuddy’s Pepper Elixer.

MacFuddy Pepper Elixir

I actually bought a bottle of this at the convenience store that I mentioned at the start of this posting – though happily they sell it at Donald’s Market too – solely because the label was hilarious. I didn’t actually expect it to taste good, but figured it was worth the money for the 24 hours of good luck:

MacFuddy Pepper Elixir

Infused with Luck. 12 oz for 24 hours of Favourable Outcomes5.

MacFuddy Pepper Elixir

Cures Timidness and Satisfies the Daring. Because anyone who knows me knows that I suffer from timidness.

But then it turned out to be one of the most delicious things I’ve ever put in my mouth! It’s sort of like Dr. Pepper, which I love, but one billion times better.

In conclusion, the discovery of all these delicious pops with enticing labels does not bode well for my plan to lose all the weight I gained since starting school.

  1. Or something to that effect. []
  2. Incidentally, the Taco Shack also makes crazy delicious tacos. []
  3. I seem to have neglected to take a photo of the bottle of Sioux City Root Beer. []
  4. Dr. Bedford, we need to set up a phone date! I miss you! []
  5. Can any say Felix Felicis?? []

7 Replies to “Pop It!”

  1. First of all, after reading the title, I’d just like to express my gratitude that this post is not about zits.

    Second, diabetes has never looked so appealing! Especially when you can make a Dark and Stormy! I may have to make a trip to the New West hinterlands soon…

  2. I’d be happy to make you a Dark & Stormy if you made the trip. Of course, you might need two if your trip here is anything like the last time you ventured out to the hinterlands!

  3. Great review. And yes MacFuddy Pepper Elixir is one of the most delicious things I too have put into my mouth. It is one of the most interesting, delicious sodas I have ever tasted. Orca Beverages really deserves a pat on their backs for that soda.

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