Soda & Soft Drink Saturday – Dad’s Root Beer

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Dad’s Root Beer is an American root beer created in Chicago in 1937 by Ely Klapman and Barney Berns. It is currently sold and marketed by The Dad’s Root Beer Company LLC, and owned by Hedinger Brands, LLC.


Dad’s Root Beer_04Dad’s Root Beer was developed in the 1930s by partners Barney Berns and Ely Klapman, in the basement of Mr. Klapman’s Chicago-area home. The Dad’s brand was immediately famous throughout the midwest area and by the late 1940s, was one of the most-consumed brands of Root Beer throughout the United States. Jules Klapman, son of co-founder Ely, was successful in bringing the Dad’s brand to the international stage. The name Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer was coined in honor of Eli Klapman’s father, and any other fathers across the country, who used to make root beer at home for their families (a popular thing to do in the early 20th Century).

Dad’s became the first product to use the six pack format invented by the Atlanta Paper Company in the 1940s. Dad’s also introduced the half-gallon bottle, becoming the first brand to market this size. Dad’s also marketed sizes based on each member of the family. “Junior size,” for example, was the smallest size, with “Mama” and “Papa” sizes representing the medium and largest sizes, respectively. (The image of the young boy featured on the “junior sized” bottle is Barney Berns’ son, Gene Berns)

Dad’s Root Beer_02The Klapman and Berns families sold all rights to the Dad’s name and logo to IC Industries in the 1970s.

The Monarch Beverage Company purchased Dad’s from IC Industries of Chicago in 1986. Around that time, it was the second largest volume (12 million cases) root beer brand and was distributed by the Coca-Cola bottler network.

The Dad’s Root Beer Company

In 2007, The Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC of Jasper, Indiana, was formed by Keith Hedinger when Hedinger Brands, LLC acquired the Dad’s Root Beer brand and other soda brands from The Monarch Beverage Co. of Atlanta. Hedinger was approached as owner of Hedinger Beverage Distributing Co., Inc., the largest nonbottler distributor of Dad’s. Other soda brands purchased by Hedinger Brands, LLC are Bubble Up, Dr. Wells and Sun Crest. Dad’s has added 48 additional distributors including a bottler, Tri-State Bottling since acquisition by Hedinger Brands. Jewel-Osco in Chicago, Albertson’s in Florida, Kmart stores, Pamida Hometown Values, Big Lots, Food City, and Snyders Drug Stores are new retailers of Dad’s brand.

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Dad’s makes the following brands/flavors:
Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer
Dad’s Diet Old Fashioned Root Beer
Dad’s Orange Cream Soda
Dad’s Old Fashioned White Cream Soda
Dad’s Blue Cream
Dad’s Cream Soda
Bubble Up
Sun Crest Orange
Dr. Wells

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Homemade Fresh Ginger Ale / Hjemmelaget Ferskt Ingefærøl

A soft drink recipe found on
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If you love ginger ale, try making your own at home. Homemade ginger syrup is mixed with club soda to make fresh ginger ale.


Butterbeer / Smørterøl

A recipe brought to you by food52 via Harry Potter’s universButterbeer_food52_post

Butterbeer (yes! from the magical world of harry potter!) is meant to taste “a little bit like  butterscotch.” This version is nonalcoholic, so kids can have it too, but for an adult butterbeer you can replace the cider with Woodchuck hard apple cider and add a few glugs of spiced rum for good measure!


Freddie Bartholomew

A great thirst quencher found on allrecipes.comFreddie Bartholomew_post

A mocktail named after a British child actor. Yummy, yummy.


In context: Frederick Cecil Bartholomew (March 28, 1924 – January 23, 1992), known for his acting work as Freddie Bartholomew, was an English-American child actor. One of the most famous child actors of Freddie Bartholomew2all time, he became very popular in 1930s Hollywood films. His most famous starring roles are in Captains Courageous (1937) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).

Bartholomew was born in London, and for the title role of MGM’s David Copperfield (1935), he immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 in 1934, living there the rest of his life. He became an American citizen in 1943 following World War II military service.

Despite his great success and acclaim following David Copperfield, Bartholomew’s childhood film stardom was marred by nearly constant legal battles and payouts which eventually took a huge toll on both his finances and his career. In adulthood, after World War II service, Bartholomew’s film career dwindled rapidly, and he switched from performing to directing and producing in the medium of television.

Soda & Soft Drink Saturday – Clicquot Club Ginger Ale


The Clicquot Club Company, also known as Clicquot Club Beverages, pronounced “Klee-Ko” and sometimes spelled “Cliquot”, was a national beverage company that sold several varieties of soda. After 80 years of operation, the company was bought and shut down by Canada Dry in 1965.

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Founded in 1881 in Millis, Massachusetts, the beverage company was built by Henry Millis from money he had received from his father Lansing Millis. The company produced mainly sparkling cider for the first few years but later on Millis would Clicquot Club_03experiment in other flavors as well. The sparkling cider was soon dropped and the company began focusing mainly on ginger ale. In 1885, the town of Millis was founded in his family name. During this time the soda company hired a significant amount of the town’s residents and would continue to do so for years to come. Millis continued to improve upon his beverages through his philosophy of making the drinks as though he were making them for his own friends. He imported high-quality exotic ingredients including Jamaican ginger, and Cuban pure refined sugar. These two were the key ingredients to his ginger ale making the company stand out in this field.

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Even though word of his soda spread over southeastern New England in the next few years, the cost of such fine ingredients eventually forced Henry Millis to sell his company in 1901. The new proprietors took advantage of every form of advertising, including a musical variety radio program, The Clicquot Club Eskimos, led by banjo 117050_cc5player Harry F. Reser. Such clever marketing expanded the company until the factory in Millis became 1/3 of a mile long, even with its own private train station. The section around this massive factory became known as “Millis-Clicquot, Massachusetts.” Even with this huge building the company still staggered to meet its demand. In 1938 the company became the first to sell its beverages in a can, at this time known as a “cone-top” can, making it easier to manufacture. With the establishment of a new network of Clicquot Club Bottling Plants in 1938 the company soon had dozens of factories across the country. This number grew rapidly until in 1952 the company had plants in over 100 cities all across the United Clicquot Club_06States, from Maine to California. In the 1950s the company began distributing internationally, in places such as Nassau, Jamaica, the Bahamas, virtually all of South America, and the Philippines. The company began to decline in sales worldwide thanks to other soft drinks and was purchased in 1960 by the Cott Beverage Corporation of Connecticut. By 1965, the Cott Corporation was acquired by Canada Dry, who sold off all product surplus before shutting down Clicquot. Today the original plant in Millis remains mostly abandoned, although one-third of it is (as of June 2006) occupied by garden and hardware stores. Although there has been contemplation of starting the company back up again in recent years, no attempts have ever gotten further than the drawing board.