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1 rbj   ~  Mar 15, 2010 2:52 pm

Love Dr. Brown's sodas. Especially black cherry. And cream soda.

2 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 15, 2010 2:56 pm

Dr. Brown's Cream soda, and a hot brisket with gravy on rye .... yum.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2010 3:02 pm

[1] Agreed!
[2] Yummy... except for the rye >;)

Their root beer's worth a mention as well; on par with Stewart's more or less, but not as good as Barq's (few are), but still high on the board.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 15, 2010 3:02 pm

Yeah, their cream soda is the bomb. But dude, what's up with Cel-Ray? Is that some strange kind of punishment? It should be good but it kind is wack. LOL

5 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 15, 2010 3:11 pm

Cel-Ray FTW!!

6 gary from chevy chase   ~  Mar 15, 2010 3:26 pm

Like some of the finer things in life (single malt scotch or a fine cigar), Cel Ray tonic is an acquired taste - and well worth the effort to become acquainted with the delightful interplay of its tartness and sweetness, particularly when surrounding a mouthful of hot pastrami with spicy deli mustard.

Unfortunately in the DC area, we can obtain this elixer only in (shudder) cans, and thus we travel to the NYC metro area from time to time to imbibe this treasure as it was meant to be imbibed: in a cold glass bottle.

7 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 15, 2010 3:50 pm

this post inspired me to treat myself to a little mid-afternoon Dr. Brown's action...it is now being thoroughly enjoyed

8 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 15, 2010 3:51 pm

I've mixed Cel Ray with Ginger Ale and that seems to be a decent compromise.

9 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2010 4:03 pm

I never did understand the concept of an acquired taste. So you deliberately torture yourself with distinctly awful flavor sensations until you get used to it; like Stockholm Syndrome for the mouth? I dun-noooo...

B: Why my good man, it's Cel Ray Tonic, a scintillating mixture of single malt scotch and the finest Cuban cigars, evoking a delightful interplay of tartness and sweetness...

A: It looks like hemoglobin!
B: It truly is the lifeblood of the Gods...
A: Well, it sure don't taste like nectar.

B: Sir, perhaps you do not fully appreciate the finer qualities of this magical elixir; like a well-oiled machine, you will find yourself floating effortlessly over a highway of space, time, emotion, continuum...
A: Of what?

B: (sigh) Here, take a bite of this... (hands A a hot pastrimi with mustard sandwich)
A: (bites and chews) Wow... this is... palatable!
B: You see? A wondrous cacophony of flavors from both ends of the spectrum...
A: Yeah, it sure cleaned the crap out of my mouth, all right!
B: (Sigh)... heathen...


A: Yo, that mustard didn't really taste like Guldens, by the way, what's up with that...


10 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 15, 2010 4:21 pm

Celery's bunk, man, so I'll never appreciate the Cel-Ray.
I go black cherry with the pastrami, cream soda with the zoup or knish.

If you're gonna mix soda and veggies, maybe cucumber would work? Celery's fuggin' bunk, buggin' funk.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2010 4:39 pm

[10] Yuck, celery gets the gas face!

12 Eirias   ~  Mar 15, 2010 4:44 pm

Dr. Pepper, in a glass bottle, from their Dublin, Texas plant.

Book it.

13 Eirias   ~  Mar 15, 2010 4:46 pm

I'd do bad things for a cold Birch Beer right now, though.

14 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 15, 2010 4:58 pm

12) Oooh, that sounds dope.

15 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2010 5:19 pm

[9] You guys are spoiled. Waaayyyy to used to my scripts. Sliced, the bullpen phone is ringing! >;)

16 tommyl   ~  Mar 15, 2010 5:37 pm

Dear lord I crave Black Cherry. Nearly impossible to find here in Vancouver unfortunately.

17 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 15, 2010 7:48 pm

[15] no relief needed, Chyll, you tossed a complete game there, and a fine one at that - bonus pernts for hemoglobin, too.

18 Branco   ~  Mar 15, 2010 8:05 pm

Long time lurker, but the topic was too good to pass up.

I Tried Cel-Ray for the first time about a week ago at Loeser's on 231st. Not even the pastrami on rye could make it tolerable.

19 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2010 8:29 pm

And that alone [17] ladies and gentlemen, is why we play the game... >;)

20 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 15, 2010 8:31 pm

[18] Well, and this too. Welcome to the party, pal! >;)

21 edoubletrouble   ~  Mar 15, 2010 11:46 pm

First the Magritte and now Dr. Brown's Black Cherry. Two of my favorites.

22 thelarmis   ~  Mar 16, 2010 12:12 am

[3] Barq's Root Beer is hands down the best soft drink of all-time! it's not even close. why in the hell do they call colas "soft" drinks anyway? i never understood that. or "dry cereal". um, milk doesn't keep it very dry.

as my grandma used to say: "these are the things . . . i don't know what things!" : )

23 thelarmis   ~  Mar 16, 2010 12:14 am

[17] yeah man, Chyll got a big ol' smile outta me w/ the "hemoglobin" bit!

24 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Mar 16, 2010 1:40 am

ah, I'm late to this party! I don't like root beer or any cola drinks actually..but would have one in a second over some of the funky beverages here..

Salad Water (my all time favorite)
Corn Pottage (drink it from a can!)
Wintergreen Collagen Jelly Water
Pepsi Ice Cucumber
Eel Beer (I think it's just regular beer with eel extract..)
Wasabi Beer (seem to remember running across this on the web but never seen in person..)

25 Shaun P.   ~  Mar 16, 2010 8:48 am

I'm even later to this party, but if you have not tried Saranac's Tavern 1888 root beer (or whatever they call it now), you are missing out. Saranac had a ginger beer too once upon a time that was heavenly.

Didn't we have this discussion once before?

26 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 16, 2010 9:50 am

18) Welcome! I know Freddie, the guy who runs Loeser's, though I haven't been in there in a minute. Chuck, his old counterman, who died of a heart attack playing handball up at Van Cortlandt back in 2002 or 03 was a huge Yankees fan.

27 mrm1970   ~  Mar 16, 2010 3:04 pm

[22] Soda is a "soft" drink in contradistinction to whiskey and other "hard" liquor.

I think black cherry is too sweet to go with the deli classics. That's where I find Cel-Ray is most useful.

28 Branco   ~  Mar 17, 2010 4:17 am

22) As I understand it, soda became popular during the depression, when most brewng companies began to make soda as way to utilize their breweries and still turn a profit. As mentioned, the term "soft drink" refers to the fact that it's non-alcoholic.

27) I stopped in to Loesers for the first time about 3 months ago. I talked to Freddie for about an hour before finally calling it a day. I've been in the neighborhood most of my life, so I enjoy reading about some of the local spots on here. I'll definitely be posting more, glad to be here!

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