As for Soda's, there's really not much worth drinking other than a good rootbeer. I'm no expert, but I have turned back a few different brew's over the years. One of the first things I look for when in a new town or region is the local rootbeer. Every single one seems to have it's own distinct taste. Now, I like the big name everyday rootbeers as well, but I do have favorites, and there are some that just aren't that good.
Here's a short list:
4. Thomas Kemper
2. A & W
1. Henry Weinhardt
There are many more, but these are the one's I actually remember having at least once, most of these I've had several times. Henry Weinhardt's is definitely the best I've had. It's a shame that it's not sold in the south. I like Henry so much that I bought one for everyone on my hall when I graduated from college. I first came across it back in Montana, and every time I have one now I remember those days. Now that I think about it, Henry's been around a lot since Montana. Beth and I would often enjoy one as we walked through the streets of Chicago, and we definitely enjoyed several sitting on the beach on Maui. He was at my Graduation, and since I don't smoke, I think I'll pass some out when my little girl comes along.
Of course, I couldn't mention Henry without thinking about Dirty Jon Wood, Chuck and my little buddy Mark, among others from my days back in Montana. So, here's to you fella's, next time you have one buy a bottle for me, cause I can't get it down here.
Incidentally, if you ever want to get me a present, check out Pop the Soda Shop.. This is the company I used to ship a case down to North Carolina when I graduated.