The company that makes Dr. Pepper is petitioning lawmakers to make their drink the official soft drink of Texas. While a solid bit of marketing from Dr. Pepper, this got me thinking: What would the official soda of Chewelah be?
It became popular in the 1990s, the decade that Chewelah feels like it would most fit into it with it’s indy music scene, multiple coffee stands, abundance of flannel shirts and sometimes spotty internet.
The sugar content of Surge probably was the very infant beginnings of the energy drink which everybody under the age of 35 with a job that starts before 9 a.m. drinks in town.
What is it with this town and its obsession with Cherry Coke (or Pepsi)? I swear everybody from Chewelah gets one or the other. Not the normal Coke or Pepsi, mind you, it better have this specific type of flavoring. As mentioned before, since Chewelah is in the 1990s, we have yet to get one of those high-tech vending machines that lets you mix all sorts of flavoring into a soda.
I remember using one of those for the first time and seeing I could add lime, lemon, raspberry, cherry and other flavoring into my choice of soda. I felt like Captain Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise ordering Earl Grey tea from my replicator.
CANADA DRY GINGER ALE
We’re practically Canada anyway – if I did a side by side of people from Chewelah talking next to someone from the west side of the state, you would agree. All we need is a little more hockey, less hand signals during disagreements in traffic and more signs (seriously Canada has signs for everything; must be a communist thing) and we’d be B.C. South.
Might as well go all in and make Canada Dry Ginger Ale our official soft drink. Who over the age of 65 doesn’t have ginger ale in their fridge? I feel like when you retire you’re given a six pack of the stuff and a gold watch.
I know Texas might beat us to it, but Dr. Pepper is awesome and way better than Mr. Pibb.
ANY ASSORTMENT OF SAFEWAY SELECT SODA
Any kid growing up in the 90s in Chewelah knows what I am talking about. We had our fair share of Mountain Breeze, Dr. Skipper and Dr. Thunder. When you consider how we like to hold onto our money in Cheapwelah, of course we stocked our fridge with the off-brand stuff.
To this day I still have cravings for a Dr. Thunder.
JUST MIXING ALL THE SODAS AT THE GAS STATION SODA FOUNTAIN
This is a real power play, mixing all the sodas together to just get a weird concoction of sugar and food coloring. Since Chewelah is already pretty weird, I’m going to say that the official soda of our town is mixing all the sodas together.
Who as a kid just went down the line of the fountain drinks and came out with a soda that looked dark purple? This town likes to add all sorts of ingredients together: logging, mining, farming, art scene, coffee scene, music scene, theatre and throw in an Oasis Burger. That mixture is Chewelah and it’s just as random as hitting up the soda fountain.
(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)