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The Mighty Cola: Poll Edition

We've done a variant on this before, but I need the answers set in the kind of stone only online polling can provide. Answer honesty, and from the depths of your corn-syrup-clogged heart. (Take it as read that the questions refer to diet versions of the listed products as well, so, if you drink Diet Coke, just mark "Coca-Cola".

Onward! FOR SCIENCE

Poll #1412907 Foamy!

If you drink GINGER ALE, what is your preferred brand?

Canada Dry
33(34.0%)
Schweppes
11(11.3%)
Vernors
14(14.4%)
Seagram's
0(0.0%)
Reed's Ginger Brew
16(16.5%)
Blenheim
2(2.1%)
Hansen's
1(1.0%)
Sussex Golden
0(0.0%)
Buffalo Rock
0(0.0%)
Red Rock
1(1.0%)
Sprecher
0(0.0%)
Foxon Park
0(0.0%)
other (please specify in Comments)
2(2.1%)
house brand/store brand
3(3.1%)
I do not drink ginger ale
14(14.4%)

If you drink ROOT BEER, what is your preferred brand?

Mug
1(1.0%)
A&W
20(20.6%)
Barq's
10(10.3%)
Hires
1(1.0%)
IBC
20(20.6%)
Frostie
1(1.0%)
Dad's
6(6.2%)
Dog 'n' Suds
0(0.0%)
Berghoff
1(1.0%)
Stewart's
5(5.2%)
Fitz's
2(2.1%)
Sioux City
4(4.1%)
other (please specify in Comments)
10(10.3%)
house brand/store brand
0(0.0%)
I do not drink root beer
16(16.5%)

If you drink COLA, what is your preferred brand?

Coca-Cola
53(54.6%)
Pepsi-Cola
17(17.5%)
Royal Crown
6(6.2%)
Jolt
0(0.0%)
Jones Soda
1(1.0%)
Red Bull
0(0.0%)
Blue Sky
0(0.0%)
Shasta
0(0.0%)
White Rock
0(0.0%)
Double Cola
0(0.0%)
Chek
0(0.0%)
Faygo
0(0.0%)
other (please specify in Comments)
8(8.2%)
house brand/store brand
1(1.0%)
I do not drink cola
11(11.3%)

If you drink CITRUS SODA, what is your preferred brand?

Sprite
17(17.5%)
7-Up
16(16.5%)
Sierra Mist
3(3.1%)
Slice
0(0.0%)
Crush
2(2.1%)
Fresca
12(12.4%)
Mello Yello
0(0.0%)
Squirt
7(7.2%)
Sunkist
5(5.2%)
Bubble-Up
1(1.0%)
Mountain Dew
10(10.3%)
Fanta
4(4.1%)
other (please specify in Comments)
3(3.1%)
house brand/store brand
3(3.1%)
I do not drink citrus soda
14(14.4%)

Please check any of the following soft drink flavors you enjoy. (Assume generic or regional versions of the particular flavor type.)

Big Red/red cream soda
0(0.0%)
Dr. Brown's/vanilla cream soda
0(0.0%)
Dr. Pepper/vanilla cola
3(3.4%)
Green River/lime soda
0(0.0%)
Cheerwine/cherry soda
1(1.1%)
Delaware Punch/grape soda
0(0.0%)
Country Time/lemonade
1(1.1%)
Lipton Ice/"tea in a can"
2(2.2%)
Hawaiian Punch/fruit punch
0(0.0%)
Monster/carbonated energy drink
0(0.0%)
Gatorade/sports beverage
1(1.1%)
Jarritos/Mexican sodas
2(2.2%)
Glaceau/flavored waters
0(0.0%)
other (please specify in Comments)
1(1.1%)
I do not drink soft drinks
4(4.5%)

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glitter_regalia
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
RC and Virgil's, right here.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
RC is the same as Royal Crown.
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harmfulguy
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
My main beverage these days is Snapple's bottled raspberry diet tea.

Fitz's is a local brand here in STL, so it's easy to get most of their flavors here -- I love their cream soda, orange, and grape in particular.

And damn, it's been ages since I've had a decent red cream soda -- Pop Rouge around the New Orleans area, as I recall.

Edited at 2009-06-08 05:16 pm (UTC)
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
You can get Fitz's here, at Central Market (locally owned Whole Foods analogue), but I've never tried it, because it's absurdly overpriced here.
autobotsrollout
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
"Ginger beer" needed to be in the "others" list, what with it being entirely distinct from ginger ale and very important.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's true, but in the U.S. at least (as I prepare for the onslaught of easily offended Canadians), its market share is so incredibly tiny, to the extent that aside from Reed's, I can't think of a single brand name.
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caladri
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Man does Blenheim still exist? Couldn't find it last time I tried :(
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
You could still get it last time I was in South Carolina, in summer of 2007. I dunno how widespread the brand is, but it's pretty good -- very strongly flavored.
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saltdawg
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Polar Cola is the best cola in the states.
African brewed Coca-cola is also vastly superior to that which we get in the states. Any type of European soda is undruinkable.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Man, I didn't even know Polar made their own stuff -- I thought they were a marketer/bottler of other brands. Where can you get it? I don't think I've ever seen it anywhere I've ever lived.
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blue_straggler
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Since I stopped drinking soda with regularity, I have become an intolerable snob about it. I rarely buy anything without cane sugar anymore, and rarely anything but ginger ale/beer/brew or root beer.

Ginger Ale/Beer/Brew: A friend and I did a painstakingly executed blind taste test a few years ago and agreed that Reed's Extra Ginger was the tastiest of the easy-to-obtain bottled brands. Another excellent one is an Australian import called Bundaberg, but it's sort of hard to find. Usually available at World Market, at least.

Root Beer: anything that comes in a bottle with cane sugar will usually do. Stewart's, even with HFCS, is pretty damn tasty, though.

I've been dying lately for an old-school Shasta Cherry soda. I don't even know if Shasta still exists.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Shasta does still exist, and, because of its cheapness, is a favorite of prop-masters and set decorators on TV shows.
roninspoon
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I do not drink soda. On occasion though, I enjoy a root beer float. Whenever possible, I choose the root beer based on the ingredients and select for one that uses cane sugar as opposed to HFCS. This can be surprisingly difficult to accomplish.
harmfulguy
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
This is part of why I'm so fond of Fitz's; I'm pretty sure all the non-diet flavors are cane syrup based.
hipsterdetritus
Jun. 8th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
As far as root beer goes, I always gravitate towards Sprecher, which is out of Milwaukee (and, like most drinkables out of Milwaukee, finds its way to the Twin Cities). After having it, Barq's will taste like so much dishwater.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Sprecher is indeed good stuff, and their house cola -- a honey-and-spice-infused thing called "Puma Kola" -- is far and away the best cola I've ever had, even better than Coke or Holiday Spice Pepsi.

But I gotta stand up for Barq's. If you want a super-bland, flavorless supermarket root beer, you want Hires. A&W is decent, but it's all foam. Barq's has two things going for it: first, it's the only mainstream root beer that has caffeine in it, and second, it's heavily flavored with wintergreen, giving it much more of a bite than most standard root beers.
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happinesstogo
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Have you ever had Moxie? We would buy it occasionally when we lived in Vermont and when we moved we brought some here to Arizona. Once when we had some people over for a barbeque or something our friend grabbed a can of it from the fridge and I said, "Wow! You're having Moxie!" and he said, "Yeah, isn't it orange soda?" He'd opened it, but hadn't tasted it yet - his orange soda assumption was based on the orange can. I don't think he ended up drinking much.
lester22
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Moxie! Another great New England creation that few people outside of New England can stand to drink.
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crepedelbebe
Jun. 8th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
God, how I miss RC Draft.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
WHAT IS THAT
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petit_chou
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Virgil's root beer FTW!

Also, I don't drink much soda, but I'm quite fond of both Fizzy Lizzy and Izze. I like the sodas that are mostly soda water and fruit juice.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Apologies to all you Virgil's people. I never heard of the stuff.

I think there is something pathological about these non-soda sodas that rhyme with "busy", but here's a tip for you: if you're ever craving a soda and you don't have any, but you do have a well-stocked bar, you can make a tasty beverage out of club soda and grenadine.

And, as I hinted at above, I have no idea why cranberry-flavored soda never caught on, because it's goddamn amazing.
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lester22
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Re: root beer. My favorite root beer of all time is sadly out of production - Snapple "Tru Root Beer". It was clear, and it was delicious.

Also, when I was living in NYC, I'd make my Jewish friends buy me Coca-Cola during Passover, because the NYC Coke is made with cane sugar, only during Passover. And it's deliciousness squared.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Or, alternately, you could just go to a bodega and buy Mexican Coke, which is made with sugar and sold year-round.

Also, I didn't know Snapple ever made a carbonated drink. I am intrigued.
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yuriverse
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Though out of everything fizzy, I tend mostly (99% of the time) to drink a metric buttload (bladderload?) of mineral water.
hooper_x
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
root beer: Virgil's. That shit is nectar of the gods. Apparently Abita, brewer of fine beers (including perennial -hx favorite Turbodog) makes a root beer, and I am dying to try it.

citrus soda: Sun Drop. Southern regional, taste tends towards the MTNDEW/Mello Yello side of citrus, but a bit sweeter and less... burny.
hooper_x
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Self-followup: If I am drinking a diet beverage, as I mostly do these days when I have colas, it's Coke Zero or Diet Coke. If I am drinking full sugar, it's probably Pepsi. Which is odd, I suppose.
janet_t_okeefe
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
My votes for other all come down to Faygo. I'm pleased it made it on your cola list, at least. Faygo also makes my favorite ginger ale and the truly unique Rock 'n' Rye, which can best be described as sloe gin flavored pop.
ludickid
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I kept meaning to pick up some Rock 'n' Rye every time I was in Michigan, but I never got around to it.
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