Tuesday, April 10, 2018


One of our family's favorite soda flavors to drink is Rock & Rye from Faygo.  Faygo has been producing soft drinks since 1907 when two brothers who owned a Detroit bakery began transforming their cake frosting flavors into beverages.  This company's sodas are known for having a pop to their flavoring and are delicious drinks ... especially the Rock & Rye which is a combination of cream soda with cherry flavoring.

While Faygo Rock & Rye will always be a family favorite, we recently discovered a craft root beer from Cherry Republic, another great Michigan-based business, that I have to sing some praise for because it was simply amazing!  BOOM CHUGGA LUGGA! This stuff really is incredible!

Northwestern Michigan is home to some of the world's sweetest cherry orchards.  Cherry Republic shops have become a must stop destination for tourists to discover more than 175 products made from Michigan harvested cherries.  While exploring these stores you'll find cherry BBQ sauce, candies, jams, salsa, salad dressings and sodas.  You'll find Cherry Republic stores in Ann Arbor, Charlevoix, Frankenmuth, Glen Arbor, Traverse City, and across the street from George Lundeen's Joy of Music statutes at Holland's Alpenrose Park.  We bought some Cherry Republic Cherry Root Bear to bring home while in Holland, Michigan to visit the breeder who we are getting our new puppy from.

Made with Pure Michigan cherries and real cane sugar, Cherry Root Bear sure is delicious.  It has a refreshing root beer taste complimented with a cherry taste that is sweet but not overpowering.  I enjoyed it in a chilled glass bottle while eating some pizza and can only imagine how great it would be to drink it in a frozen mug or mix it with vanilla ice cream to make a tasty desert.  Take a sip and you'll be truly wowed at how good this stuff is.  Cherry Root Bear is a bit pricey but have to say I regret that kept me from buying a few more bottles during my visit.

Cherry Republic has a number of sodas to choose from in addition to its root beer including Black Cherry Cream Soda, Cherry Ginger Ale, Red Cherry Soda, and True Cherry Cola.  Coffee lovers will also appreciate their chocolate cherry coffee and if you are looking for something a bit more hardcore to drink they also have hard cider and wines available as well. Can't make it to a Cherry Republic store? They also sell online at cherryrepublic.com.

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