Do You Know These Regional Midwestern Pops?

By: Allison Lips

Do You Know These Regional Midwestern Pops?
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About This Quiz

Since this is a quiz about the Midwest, we're going to call soda by the commonly used Midwestern name – "pop." "Soda" is predominately used in the Northeast and California. In the South, there is a tendency to say "coke" for any carbonated beverage.

While you can get Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other products distributed by both companies all over the country and the world, there are hundreds of regional pops that don't get much attention outside of their area. There are a few pops that don't have huge distribution but have still made a name for themselves. Cheerwine has a following outside of North Carolina, and Juggalos the world over have a taste for Faygo, even if they don't live in the Detroit area. If you're from the Midwest, you may find a few local favorites on this list or discover that a nearby state has a pop you'd love to try. If you're from another part of the country, you may want to stop by a local establishment and order one of these pops the next time you're in the area or find a website that will ship a case to you. 

Have you tasted a lot of sodas from different parts of the country, or are you interested in unique sodas? Take this quiz to find out how much you know about Midwestern pops! 

Blueberry Breese Which Midwestern favorite comes from Breese, Illinois?
Blueberry Breese
Blueberry Breese was created in 1936. The pop's tagline is "get swept away."
Green River Original
Capt'n Eli's Blueberry Pop
Dr. Brown’s Root Beer

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Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer 2 This Wisconsin pop may remind you of a candy that is popular with grandparents. What's it called?
Berghoff Black Cherry
Jolly Good Sour Pow'r
Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer
In 1964, Dang! That's Good was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to root beer, the company also makes Dang! That’s Good Italian Cherry Soda, which tastes like maraschino cherries.
Goose Island Vanilla Cream Soda

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Baumeister Root Beer What brand of root beer was created by Heine Baumeister?
Dr. Brown’s Root Beer
III Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer
Baumeister Root Beer
Heine Baumeister created Baumeister Root Beer in 1907. It can be found in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area.
Filbert's Old Time Draft Root Beer

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lll Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer Which pop was founded by a proud dog owner?
Caruso's Legacy Gourmet Black Cherry Soda
Capone Family Secret Black Cherry
Jolly Good Sour Pow'r
III Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer
III Dachshunds also makes alcoholic beers, which continue the dachshund theme. The company sells Ankle Biter Ale and Howling Hounds Honey Wheat. It's only other non-alcoholic product is Otto's Classic Orange Cream.

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WBC Goose Island Vanilla Cream Soda Although the name of this pop sounds like it's from an exotic location, you will find it in Chicago. What's it called?
WBC Goose Island Vanilla Cream Soda
In 1988, Goose Island Brewery was founded. The brewery used to license its name to the soda company. When the license expired, the sodas were rebranded as WBC.
Berghoff Black Cherry
Lost Trail Root Beer
Blueberry Breese

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Carusos Blood Orange Can you name the soda pop made from old Italian family recipes?
Baumeister Root Beer
Caruso's Blood Orange
Caruso's Blood Orange Italian Soda is part of the WBC brand. The company has been around since 1961 and makes all its sodas with cane sugar and from family recipes.
Berghoff Black Cherry
Flannel Fizz Rhubarb Soda

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Berghoff Rootbeer Which Chicago pop has been made for over 75 years?
Capt'n Eli's Blueberry Pop
Dad's Root Beer
Berghoff Root Beer
This root beer was created in 1887 by Herman Berghoff and his three brothers. In the 1920s, Herman Joseph Berghoff couldn't brew his beer because of Prohibition. Instead of going out of business, he decided to shift to making sodas.
Vernors Ginger Ale

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Capone Family Secret Strawberry Soda What's the name of this sweet pop from Chicago?
Green River Original
Rummy Grapefruit Soda
Capone Family Secret Strawberry Soda
While Al and Frank Capone had nothing to do with this soda, the soda's origin story does have to do with the brothers. The story goes that police raided Frank Capone's warehouses 137 times, but all police ever found was soda.
Sioux City Sarsaparilla

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Faygo Which soda is a favorite of Juggalos?
Dream Lode Golden Ginger Ale
Lost Trail Root Beer
Green River Original
Faygo
Faygo was created in 1907. It was based on Ben and Perry Feigenson's cake frosting recipes. Juggalos, by the way, are fans of the Insane Clown Posse.

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Goody Yellow Pop While it may not taste like it, this pop is pineapple and lemon. What is it?
Tree Fort Root Beer
Goody Yellow Pop
First created in Nebraska in the 1920s, the Goody Yellow Pop is a super sweet retro soda. Willow Springs Distillery began making sodas as an alternative to alcohol during Prohibition.
Dr. Enuf – The Original Energy Booster
Black Bear Very Berry Blue Raspberry

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Green River Original Which Midwestern pop is similar to Sprite?
Green River Original
Green River Original was created in Chicago, Illinois. Since 1919, the pop has been caffeine free.
Dad's Root Beer
Izze Sparkling Pomegranate
Flathead Lake Huckleberry Soda

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Sun Drop This pop is highly caffeinated. What's it called?
Ski
Sun Drop
First made in 1930, Sun Drop started in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2011, Dr. Pepper took over the soda and re-branded it with a "Drop it like it's hot" viral commercial.
Sioux City Sarsaparilla
Jackson Hole Huckleberry Soda

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Jackson Hole High Mountain Huckleberry Soda Which pop is made in Wyoming?
Jackson Hole High Mountain Huckleberry Soda
Jackson Hole Soda only makes caffeine-free flavors. Besides High Mountain Huckleberry, the company makes Buckin' Rootbeer, Grand Teton Grape, Jackson Ginger and more.
Flannel Fizz Rhubarb Soda
Caruso's Legacy Gourmet Black Cherry Soda
Jolly Good Sour Pow'r

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South Fork Strawberry rhubarb Seeking to "honor the pioneer spirit of the old west," what's this pop called?"
Dream Lode Golden Ginger Ale
Fitz's Cardinal Cream
South Fork Strawberry Rhubarb
Jackson Hole Soda also makes Snake River Sarsparilla and Cowboy Cream Soda. The company proudly bottles and brews everything in the United States.
Tom Tucker

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Dr. Enuf The Original Energy Booster Which pop is manufactured by a company founded in 1949?
Vernors Ginger Ale
lll Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer
Dr. Enuf - The Original Energy Booster
Chicago chemist Bill Swartz created Dr. Enuf because his co-workers complained about the lack of vitamins in food products. He eventually created a carbonated vitamin drink that became popular.
Filbert's Old Time Draft Root Beer

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Sprecher Cream Soda Can you name this Wisconsin pop?
Frostop Root Beer
Sprecher Cream Soda
Sprecher Cream Soda is flavored with vanilla and local Wisconsin honey. The pop is made by Sprecher Brewing Company, which was founded in 1985.
Faygo
Sun Tang Red Cream Soda

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Dad's Root Beer Which pop was developed by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman?
Tree Fort Root Beer
Sioux City Sarsaparilla
Flannel Fizz Rhubarb Soda
Dad's Root Beer
On February 14, 1939, Dad's Root Beer received its first trademark. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Coca-Cola distributed Dad's Root Beer.

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Sioux City Sarsparilla Can you name this pop made by White Rock Beverages?
Dr. Enuf - The Original Energy Booster
Tree Fort Root Beer
Sioux City Sarsaparilla
In 1987, the Sioux City brand was created. The soda was mentioned in "The Big Lebowski" by Sam Elliott's character, the Stranger.
Polly's Pop

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Vernors Ginger soda Which soda was created by a Detroit pharmacist?
Lost Trail Root Beer
Blueberry Breese
Vernors Ginger Ale
The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group currently distributes Vernors. The ginger ale was created by James Vernor in 1866.
Dad's Root Beer

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Tree Fort Root beer This all natural pop is primarily found in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. What's it called?
Green River Original
Dr. Wells
Buddy's Strawberry Soda
Tree Fort Root Beer
Tree Fort is found mostly in Hy-Vee stores across the Midwest. The brand also makes Juicy Orange, Classic Cola and Ginger Ale.

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Frostop Root Beer Can you name this pop that's infused with 22 flavors?
Izze Sparkling Pomegranate
Dr. Wells
Frostop Root Beer
Frostop Root Beer was created in 1926. It is available at Frostop Drive-Ins.
Jolly Good Sour Pow'r

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Jolly Good Sour pow'r Which soda's tagline is "When a long hot day wears you down, [soda] revives you like a cool breeze"?
Jolly Good Sour Pow'r
Jolly Good is based in Random Lake, Wisconsin. The company also makes Fruit Punch, Cherry, Grape, Orange, Cream Soda, Blue Raspberry and Pina Colada pops.
Fitz's Cardinal Cream
Capone Family Secret Black Cherry
Lost Trail Root Beer

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Ski What is the name of this citrus pop, made with real orange and lemon juices?
South Fork Strawberry Rhubarb
Ski
Ski originated in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1956. However, the soda is available throughout the Midwest, Southeast, California and Alaska.
Flannel Fizz Rhubarb Soda
Dream Lode Golden Ginger Ale

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Polly's pop Which soda's headquarters is located in Independence, Missouri?
Polly's Pop
Polly's Pop is available in Missouri and Kansas. The company makes fruit flavored sodas, Root Beer, Ginger Beer and Glazed Donut pops.
Filbert's Old Time Draft Root Beer
Buddy's Strawberry Soda
Capone Family Secret Black Cherry

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Filbert's Old Time Draft Root Beer Can you name this root beer that was created during Prohibition?
Baumeister Root Beer
Filbert's Old Time Draft Root Beer
In 1926, Charlie Filbert began making homemade root beer. The pop calls Chicago, Illinois, home.
Tree Fort Root Beer
III Dachshunds Old Fashioned Root Beer

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Izze Sparkling Pomegranate This drink is 70 percent fruit juice and "a splash" of sparkling water. What's this pop called?
Izze Sparkling Pomegranate
In 2002, Todd Woloson and Greg Stroh founded Izze in Colorado. Four years later, PepsiCo bought the company.
Fitz's Cardinal Cream
Lost Trail Root Beer
Flathead Lake Huckleberry Soda

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Lost Trail Root Beer Which pop is made by Louisburg Cider Mill?
Ski
Dream Lode Golden Ginger Ale
Faygo
Lost Trail Root Beer
The Louisburg Cider Mill, which produces Lost Trail Root Beer, was founded in 1977. The company is headquartered in Louisburg, Kansas.

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Fitz's Cardinal Cream This pop's taste has been described as a mixture of cinnamon, bubble gum and almond. Can you pick it?
Fitz's Cardinal Cream
Fitz's was founded in 1993 in University City, Missouri. The company's root beer recipe, which pre-dates the company, was created in 1947.
Ale-8-One
Red Ribbon
Black Bear Very Berry Blue Raspberry

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Flathead Lake Huckleberry Soda Which soda company claims that it "offers the discerning soda drinker a rousing taste experience"?
Flathead Lake
The Flathead Lake Gourmet Soda company has seven flavors. They are Wild White Grape, Granny Apple, Strawberry Orange, Blueberry Pomegranate, Sour Cherry, Huckleberry and Black Raspberry.
Ski
Faygo
Jic Jac

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Red Ribbon This soda pop is bottled by Natrona Bottling Company. What's it called?
Red Ribbon
Red Ribbon calls the Pittsburgh area home. The brand is available in Vanilla Cream, Grape, Almond, Birch Beer, Cherry, Root Beer and Pennsylvania Punch.
Ale-8-One
The Pop Shoppe
Faygo

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Ale-8-One Which soda is made from a recipe that has been passed down through four generations?
Buddy's Strawberry Soda
Red Ribbon
Ale-8-One
Ale-8-One is pronounced as "A Late One." In the 1900s, the first pop recipe was created by G.L. Wainscott.
The Pop Shoppe

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The Pop Shoppe Can you name this pop, which has its origins in London, Ontario?
WBC Goose Island Vanilla Cream Soda
Vernors Ginger Ale
The Pop Shoppe
The Pop Shop makes eight flavors. They are Black Cherry, Lime Ricky, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Grape, Pineapple, Cola and Orange.
Caruso's Legacy Gourmet Black Cherry Soda

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Big red Which soda has been "deliciously different since 1937"?
Baumeister Root Beer
Big Red
In 1937, Grover Thomsen created Big Red. While the soda was founded in Texas, it is available in a number of states.
Flannel Fizz Rhubarb Soda
Jic Jac Raspberry Soda

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Jic Jac Blue Raspberry Can you pick the brand that was first bottled in the 1950s?
Canfield's 50/50
Dr. Wells
Ski
Jic Jac Raspberry Soda
Jic Jac was started in St. Louis, Missouri. The company makes Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Strawberry, Grape and Lemon Lime pops.

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Rummy Grapefruit soda Which pop is described by its bottler as a "bold grapefruit soft drink that delivers in citrus, but not overly bitter"?
Tom Tucker
Black Bear Very Berry Blue Raspberry
Rummy Grapefruit Soda
Excel Bottling, which produces Rummy Grapefruit Soda, was started with reward money. In 1936, Edward "Lefty' Meier was rewarded for catching a bank robber.
Frostop Root Beer

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Canfield's 50:50 What is this grapefruit and lime flavored pop?
Canfield's 50/50
The A.J. Canfield Company created Canfield's 50/50. In 1924, the company was founded in Chicago, Illinois. Keurig Dr. Pepper now manufactures the brand.
Ski
Sioux City Sarsaparilla
Faygo

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Tom Tucker Which brand makes a mint ginger ale?
Jic Jac
Buddy's
Green River
Tom Tucker
Sidney Harris founded the Tom Tucker Beverage Company with his mother. The company's first two beverages were Tom Tucker's Mint Ginger Ale and Champayno, which was similar to nonalcoholic champagne.

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Dr. Wells Similar to Dr. Pepper, what is this pop called?
Red Ribbon
Dr. Wells
In 1935, Dr. Wells was created. It is currently owned by Dad's Root Beer Company.
Dream Lode Golden Ginger Ale
Vernors Ginger Ale

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