World Renowned Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Hosts Second Annual Summer Soda Tasting on July 22, 2012
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· All Proceeds To Support Friends Of Southwest Museum
· Humorist Charles Phoenix Serves Poptails and a Seven-Layer Soda Pop Rock Cake
· Dublin Bottling Works To Unveil a West Coast Line of Sodas
· New White Rose Soda Flavor To Be Announced
· Performance By Native American Comic/Actor Dakota Black
· Music By Artichoke, Mele Ohana Ukulele Ensemble, Greger Walnum Blues Band and Genesee Hall
Celebrate the summer enjoying sodas with the “King of Pop” when Galco’s Soda Pop Stop hosts its second annual Summer Soda Tasting from 5-8 p.m. on July 22, 2012.
The family-friendly event will feature a myriad of soda samples, live music, comedy, and a chance to chat it up with Galco’s owner John Nese, aka the “King of Pop.”
Just added to the entertainment lineup is a performance by Don & Bunk, original members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention who played, recorded and toured with the eclectic jazz/rock musician during the late 60s.
All proceeds from the Summer Soda Tasting 2 will go to Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition (FoSMC). “I am pleased to be part of the Friends of the Southwest Museum, fighting to have Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe opened once again to the public full time and permanent,” says Nese.
This year’s soda selections will feature soda debuts as well as spotlighting unusual flavors for a soda smorgasbord.
Being unveiled at the Summer Soda Tasting will be a West Coast launch of a national line of sodas from Dublin Bottling Works – the bottler that had been producing cane sugar Dublin Dr Pepper since 1891 until it was shut down by Snapple Dr Pepper Group this winter. In addition, Galco’s will announce and sample the newest flavor in its White Rose line of soda pop (proceeds of sales of all White Rose sodas benefit the FoSMC).
Other samplings at press time include:
· Old Dominion Root Beer (based on a historical recipe from the Library of Congress)
· Mr. Q Cumber (soda of the year winner and first distributed at Galco’s)
· Sweet Blossom line of floral sodas: rose, lavender, elderflower and jasmine
· Ginger soda by Bruce Cost: fresh ginger, jasmine green tea and pomegranate
· French sodas from Rieme (company has been producing sodas since 1921)
· Volcanic Mineral Refresher water (better for athletes than Gatorade; also helps hangovers/headaches)
In between soda tastings, guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment, including an appearance by author /humorist Charles Phoenix who will be at mixing and serving two new “Poptails” and his latest Test Kitchen creation, a Seven-Layer Soda Pop Rock Cake, made with sodas and candies found on Galco’s shelves.
In addition to Don & Bunk, other musical acts at the Summer Soda Tasting 2 include Artichoke, the Mele Ohana Ukulele ensemble, teenage singer sensation Genesee Hall and the Gregor Walnum Blues Band.
Dakota Black, Native American standup comic, actor and author will also perform a family-friendly set.
Tickets for the Summer Soda Tasting are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the event and will be available for purchase at Galco’s or online via the Friends of the Southwest Museum, www.friendsofthesouthwestmuseum.com/
In addition to soda tastings, the Galco’s store will be open so people can stock up on any soda, candy, beer, wine. Proceeds from all store sales at the event will also be donated to the Friends of the Southwest Museum by Galco’s.
Galco’s is located at 5702 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 90042. For more information, call (323) 255-7115.
Note: Images for publication can be downloaded at www.friendsofthesouthwestmuseum.com/media/html.
“Galco’s Summer Soda Tasting 2” 5-8 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2012. Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, 5702 York Boulevard, LA CA 90042. The famed soda pop store hosts the second soda tasting event that will feature author/humorist Charles Phoenix and his seven-layer soda pop cake; live music; a set by Mothers of Invention musicians Don & Bunk; comedy by Native American standup Dakota Black; and other soda-related fun. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Southwest Museum. $12 advance/$15 at event. More information and tickets at www.friendsofthesouthwestmuseum.com; tickets are always on sale in person at Galco’s (323) 255-7115.
About Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Devoted to the art of soda pop and supporting the small businesses behind each bubbly drink, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop features more than 500 flavors of soda at its Los Angeles storefront and nationwide through its website at www.sodapopstop.com.
Beginning in 1897 as an Italian grocery store, Galco’s changed “flavors” when son John F. Nese took helm of his father’s store in 1995 and lined the shelves with classic, small-batch, exotic and hard-to-find sodas. With a mission to support small soda makers, Galco’s motto is “Freedom of Choice” which mirrors Nese’s determination that customers have the right to choose from more than just a handful of mass-produced, big-business selections.
Today, sodas from all over the world can be found at Galco’s – brewed from Brazil to Jamaica, from Germany to Australia – and sought out traditional brands that use 50s, 60s and 70s recipes with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup/corn sugar. Walking the aisle, sodaphiles can find flavors as diverse as cucumber, coconut and rose petals as well as traditional colas, ginger beers and sarsaparillas that are brewed by hard-to-find smaller bottlers. Galco’s features 450 unique micro beers, 60 types of bottled water, a selection of old-time candies and toys as well as a complete deli and its famed “Blockbuster” sandwich.
For more information on Galco’s Soda Pop Stop visit www.sodapopstop.com or call 323-255-7115. Nese discusses his views on soda pop in a popular online video at http://www.chow.com/food-news/55189/obsessives-soda-pop/