You might have noticed a few changes around the store. One that I am most excited about is the addition of Dublin sodas in the reFRESH coffee & gelato bar. These Texas-made sodas began in the 1880s and have become a symbol of authentic soda fountain beverages.
It began in Waco in 1885 at Wade Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store where the pharmacist Charles Alderton concocted a formula that captured the amazing fruit, spice and berry aromas that everyone loved about the soda fountain.
The drink he created that tasted as wonderful as the soda fountain smelled went on to be called Dr Pepper. People loved it and Morrison began selling the syrup for Dr Pepper to other soda shops, as well as some other popular flavors. Other investors got involved, and Dublin Bottling Works was created to bottle Dr Pepper and oversee the manufacturing of all the Dublin sodas.
The sodas enjoyed steady growth in sales and began to spread in popularity across the country. However, it wasn’t until the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis that Dublin and Dr Pepper gained real national exposure.
During most of its formative years, Dublin Bottling Works was run by a man named W.P. Kloster. The company and its sodas were associated with the Kloster family’s commitment to friendly service and quality products.
In the 1970s, Kloster faced a key decision. Should he continue making sodas with the same pure cane sugar used by the company since 1891 or begin using a cheaper sweetener called high fructose corn syrup?
Back then, cane sugar was becoming more expensive because of government tariffs. At the same time, high fructose corn syrup was gaining in popularity because of cheaper prices and increased availability caused by government subsidies paid to corn farmers.
It took only one sip of a high fructose soda to convince Mr. Kloster that he would stick with pure cane sugar. Why? His sodas simply tasted better. He vowed to never use high fructose corn syrup, and Dublin continues to honor his pledge to this day.
Although Dublin Bottling Works no longer produces Dr Pepper, they still produce many of the authentic soda flavors that became popular years ago.
At FRESH, we currently have Dublin Vintage Cola, Texas Sweet Peach, Retro Grape, Tart ‘n Sweet, Cherry Limeade, Texas Root Beer and Orange Cream. Other flavors might be added soon so check back often.
In the meantime, the next time you stop in for lunch or afternoon shopping, grab a Dublin soda and pick your favorite flavor. It’s like stepping back in time and enjoying a soda shop favorite!