(Nerd) Lunch Special: Cheerwine

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(Nerd) Lunch Special: Cheerwine

Usually on Tuesdays we are announcing a new episode of our podcast, but this week’s episode will be delayed by one day. We will be doing another Drill Down and this time we will be talking about sodas. It’s a good one and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our Nerd Lunchketeers.
In the meantime, I wanted to bring up a soda that I neglected to mention on tomorrow’s episode. This is a “new to me” soda called Cheerwine. Cheerwine has been around for 95 years, but hasn’t been widely distributed until recently. It is finally available in Tallahassee and signs like the one above can be seen around town announcing it. I guess it’s a legend, but it has been completely off my radar until this past Fall.
To see what was so legendary, I picked up a two liter and gave it a try. In essence, this is Dr. Pepper turned up to 11 and then turned up some more. It has a strong cherry flavor. Some might argue that it’s a cherry-infused cola, but I would argue that it’s a cola-infused cherry soda. I didn’t hate it, but it’s so strong that I can’t see picking this up again.
What about you? Have you had this legendary drink? What were your thoughts?

By | 2017-03-17T00:51:14+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Categories: Article|Tags: , |5 Comments

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  1. Paxton February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I learned about this soda in college at some point. That was where my soda drinking proclivities expanded into finding out more about regional sodas.

    I agree, it feels like a Dr Pepper infused cherry soda. It's a bit too sweet. I have a 12 pack under my desk right now and I've only had it twice. It's great in idea and when you sip test, but drinking a whole can is hard.

    I also didn't think we talked about New Coke enough in tomorrow's episode.

  2. Jack February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    As a lifetime Left-Coaster, I've never heard of it, though I did spend a good bit of 1966 in Charleston SC; never heard of it there, either. When your blog loaded, and that picture came up, I thought you were going to be reviewing a wine box; a really bad wine box…

  3. Christian February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I find the product name to be terribly misleading. I was expecting a blog post about a wonder Merlot or chardonnay that induced higher levels of happiness than normal wines. This is apparently not it. Sadly I will have to return to my cough syrup infused line of Beaujolaises I make in my garage. *sigh*

  4. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Workrate. Lots of good information about the Cheerwine. You should have written this blog post. Ha.

    I don't know what it was about the Cheerwine that made me feel like there was a hint of cola to it. I didn't feel like it was exclusively cherry. Maybe it was the aftertaste of the drink was reminiscent of a Pepsi.

  5. MrWorkrate February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Cheerwine's a Carolina thing – I didn't realize that it managed to get out of the state.

    I like it once in a while, but not a regular thing. I'd agree that it's more like a Dr. Pepper with a heavy cherry influence. There's no cola flavor to it at all, and can be a bit sweet – it has no dryness to counteract the sugar – so I can see why there's more appeal to the South (the land of sweet tea) than the rest of the country.

    Two things I find about Cheerwine that aren't obvious – the cans seem to be filled more than an average can of soda, so you have to be really careful opening them (because that red stuff can STAIN), and it tends to go flat quicker than most other soda.

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