Soda (or pop, or Coke, or whatever else you may call it--see here for an interesting analysis of the different names for the bubbly stuff) has been popular for a long time. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in independently brewed sodas, somewhat like the passion for microbreweries among beer drinkers. A fine blog known as the Art of Manliness did a very nice review of small-company colas (with the strong implication that appreciation of a fine oda is no less manly than enjoying a lovely beer or wine--hurray!).
I've been enjoying sodas of all sorts for many years, and the time seemed right to make my own contribution to the growing throng of soda admirers. So I'll try to share some experiences--good or bad--here.
About me: I'm a professor of physiology at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA, originally from Topeka, KS. I have fond memories of soda (or pop, as I called it then) since childhood.
Oh--and the worst soda I've ever tasted, by far, was the "salty plum soda" at Noodle Planet in Westwood, CA. That's not to say it was badly made, or anything--I suspect it was exactly what it was supposed to be, assuming that it was supposed to be a decaying plum in bubbly seawater. *shivers*
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