The Most Popular Soda in Every State
As consumers become more conscious about the negative effects of sugar, soda sales continue to plummet. In fact, the two major leading brands, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, experienced a respective 2 percent and 4.5 percent decline by volume in the U.S. in just 2017 alone.
While bottled water sales continue to surpass soda’s, we’re still allowed to indulge in a soft drink every once in a blue moon. Whether you prefer to pair the fizz with some buttered popcorn at the movie theater or guzzle it down with pizza, we’ve got the most popular sodas in the U.S. To come to these conclusions, we’ve looked at where certain soft drinks are produced, any sales data we could get our hands on, and how the folks at Thrillist chose the most iconic sodas in each region. Find out the most popular soda in every state below. Did your favorite make the list?
Alabama — Grapico
Grapico made its debut in 1916, and it’s stolen southerners’ hearts ever since. About 40 million cases of the artificially-flavored bottles and cans are produced annually in Birmingham, Alabama.
Alaska — Pepsi
The Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Alaska, Inc. was founded in 1905 in Anchorage, and it still continues to win over The Last Frontier.
Arizona — Cactus Cooler
While it started out as a cult classic in the 80s, Cactus Cooler was recently brought back by popular demand. The tropical orange and pineapple mix is a big hit in Arizona.
Arkansas — Grapette
Grapette began in Camden, Arkansas, in 1938, where Benjamin Tyndle Fooks spent a year formulating what would become the southern state’s most beloved pop. It wasn’t until the spring of 1940 that the fruity soda was named and sold as Grapette.
California — A&W
The world’s top-selling root beer also happens to be Cali’s number-one soda. A&W traces its roots back to 1919, when entrepreneur Roy Allen purchased a root beer formula from a pharmacist in Arizona and then opened up a humble stand in Sacramento. The successful soda then expanded into Texas and Utah before spanning nationwide stores.
Colorado — B. Stiff & Sons Root Beer
B. Stiff and Sons Root Beer is the top-selling craft root beer in Colorado, according to Fort Collins Magazine, Northern Colorado’s premier general interest publication. The line has since expanded to include four new flavors: ginger beer, orange cream, cream soda, and black cherry.
Connecticut — Foxon Park
Foxon Park has been family-owned and operated in East Haven for almost a century. There are currently 17 flavors—including Kola, White Birch, and the signature Gassosa—which are all made with natural cane sugar.
Delaware — Old Dominion Root Beer
The Old Dominion Brewing Company was originally founded in Virginia, and but it’s now based in Dover, Delaware. Old Dominion has been spewing out root beer sweetened with Virginia honey since 1994.
Florida — Coca-Cola
The Sunshine State’s favorite alcoholic drink is Jack Daniels, according to Business Insider — what’s better to pair with it than a glass of Coke?
Georgia — Coca-Cola
The 20-acre World of Coca-Cola, a museum dedicated to Georgia’s favorite soda, is located in the Peach State.
Hawaii — Coca-Cola
Hawaiians also love to order Jack Daniels at the bar, as Business Insider’s report shows. Actually, make that a Jack and Coke.
Idaho — IronPort
According to Five Star Soda, IronPort is Idaho’s go-to. If you’ve never been to the northwestern state, you’ve probably never heard of it.
Illinois — Green River
The lime-flavored pop was first produced in 1919 by the Schoenhofen Edelweiss Brewing Company of Chicago, which formerly produced beers.
Indiana — Triple XXX
Triple XXX was evicted out of its original production house in Texas during Prohibition. That’s when it relocated to Galveston, Indiana, where it could keep quenching people’s thirst for its root beer.
Iowa — Sioux City Sarsaparilla
These bottles, named after the artistic Iowan city, have been produced since 1987, and they’re regarded as one of the more upscale bottles to sip.
Kansas — Lost Trail Root Beer
The draft-style, micro-brewed root beer is born and raised in the Wheat State.
Kentucky — Mountain Dew
The Midwest and South love their Hulk-hued beverage, and Kentucky reigns number one when it comes to sales. Bluegrass State dwellers buy the most cases of Mountain Dew per capita compared to any other state, according to a Beverage Digest report.
Louisiana — Delaware Punch
Despite its name, Delaware Punch isn’t Delaware’s go-to. Its name derives from its star ingredient: Delaware grapes, which is a favorite among people who live in Louisiana.
Maine — Moxie
Maine loves Moxie soda—a carbonated gentian-root-flavored bev—so much, it became The Pine Tree State’s official drink in 2005. The state is the birthplace of Moxie founder Dr. Augustin Thompson, and it shows its dedication to the drink by housing the Moxie museum in Union and hosting the Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls every summer.
Maryland — Shasta
Shasta, a true Maryland favorite, made its effervescent debut in 1889 and rose to popularity in 1900.
Massachusetts — Moxie
Maine’s official state beverage is Massachusetts-born, so we had to give some credit to the Bay State. In 1900, production took a road trip from Lowell to Boston, staying true to its MA roots.
Michigan — Faygo
We’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a bottle of Faygo in Michigan. The soda is still made in Detroit today.
Minnesota — Sun Drop
Though it was developed in Missouri, that doesn’t deter folks in Minnesota from deeming this bev a favorite.
Mississippi — Barq’s Root Beer
Barq’s Root Beer was first sold in Mississippi, and it recently celebrated its 120th birthday. We think that calls for a root beer float!
Missouri — Sun Drop
Fun fact: The citrus soda was invented on a random joyride in 1949 in St. Louis.
Montana — Flathead Lake
Montana’s beloved soda is named after the majestic lake that snakes through the northwest. However, the artificial colors in this soda make this pick murkier than the Atlantic.
Nebraska — Kool-Aid
Although not a bubbly soda, Nebraska’s official state beverage is Kool-Aid, so we couldn’t bestow the state with any other colorful competitor. Oh yeah!
Nevada — Club Soda
Food Network named Picon Punch—a cocktail with Amer Picon, grenadine, brandy, and club soda—Nevada’s unofficial state drink. Club soda gives the desert state’s go-to cocktail a coveted effervescence.
New Hampshire — Squamscot
This eccentrically-flavored line has been crafted in NH since the 1800s and has remained a favorite since. We’re wondering if it’s the half-and-half soda that continues to steal their hearts.
New Jersey — Boylan’s
Born and bottled in NJ, Boylan’s is likely the go-to cocktail mixer in Atlantic City.
New Mexico — Dr. Pepper
Because New Mexico’s favorite alcoholic drink is Fireball, we think it’s safe to say that the similar-tasting yet non-boozy Dr. Pepper could be the southwestern state’s top soda.
New York — Coca Cola
As classic as it gets, we couldn’t choose a more fitting soda than Coke for the Big Apple.
North Carolina — Cheerwine
The first-ever cherry cola is also dubbed the “Nectar from North Carolina.” Also, despite its name, there’s no wine in Cheerwine.
North Dakota — Coca Cola
We’re gonna go with Thrillist’s rationale here and say the classic can is North Dakota’s first pick.
Ohio — Cherikee Red
Born in 1969 and bottled in Ohio, this locally-sold soda actually doesn’t have a typo in its name! The spelling simply highlights the cherry flavors in the can.
Oklahoma — Dublin Dr. Pepper
According to Thrillist, you can still find the discontinued Dublin Dr. Pepper in soda fountains across the state.
Oregon — Thomas Kemper Root Beer
In 1990, The Thomas Kemper Brewing Company produced a root beer for those who didn’t imbibe alcohol. It’s a true treat for locals.
Pennsylvania — A-Treat
A-Treat is headquartered in Allentown (is that where the A comes from?), and it features delicious and eccentric flavors such as orange cream, grapefruit, and birch beer.
Rhode Island — Yacht Club Soda
Based in North Providence, Yacht Club is the official soda and water company of Rhode Island. We’ll grab a bottle and sail through Providence River, please.
South Carolina — Blenheim Ginger Ale
Although the ginger ale moved bottling plants, it has always remained in South Carolina. The fans in the state are just as dedicated.
South Dakota — Millstream Brewing Root Beer
One of the very few places to grab a bottle of this niche root beer is South Dakota. Get ’em while you can.
Tennessee — Coca-Cola
We consulted a TN native, who effortlessly proclaimed Coke as the state’s favorite.
Texas — Dr. Pepper
The cinnamon-flavored soda was invented by a pharmacist in 1885 in Waco, Texas, and it was dubbed Waco before undergoing a name change. Now, Dr. Pepper’s formula is safeguarded in two different Dallas bank vaults.
Utah — IronPort
Much like Idaho, IronPort is well-known in Utah, making this unicorn bev unique to the northwest region.
Vermont — Sweet Water
The Vermont family owned and operated bottling company began when two brothers drank maple sap in their backyard and decided that the natural sweetener would fare well with some carbonation. We couldn’t agree more.
Virginia — Cheerwine
No surprise here that the southern favorite is a hit in Virginia, too.
Washington — Thomas Kemper
Because Thomas Kemper was founded in Washington, we had to give it to the Evergreen State. Try the Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, and Grape.
West Virginia — Mountain Dew
The Dew reigns supreme in West Virginia, Only in Your State reports.
Wisconsin — Sprecher Root Beer
Milwaukee’s original craft brewery makes some of the best root beer, cream soda, and cherry cola.
Wyoming — Jackson Hole Soda
The Wyoming company deems its creation “the best dang old-fashioned soda in the whole dang country.” According to the brand’s site, the High Mountain Huckleberry is the go-to.