SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1630 posts, RR: 28 Posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4158 times:
Does anyone remember Shasta, a lemon-lime soda (equivalent to 7-UP), that used to be around years ago? Is it still around?
I spent most of my childhood in the hospital (in St. Louis and Indianapolis), and spent plenty of time in post-anaesthesia recovery rooms and ICUs after my frequent surgeries.
The nurses used to give me cups of Shasta to drink so I would have some moisture; I always saw the can on the over-the-bed tray table. It tasted as good, if not better, than 7-UP, and provided refreshing coolness and moisture to my parched, sore mouth (which was as often wired shut as not). I can just barely remember the colour or design on the can.
Please let me know whether Shasta soda still exists today. The last time I remember seeing it was at St. Louis Children's Hospital back in the early or mid-1980s. If so, I would love to taste it again, and would like to know where in the USA it is still made.
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4121 times:
I don't think they sell Shasta up where I live these days. But I do remember it being sold in most grocery store chains in Arizona throughout the 90s. It was a step up from the house brands but still a step down from the Coca-Cola/Pepsico stuff.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4112 times:
I think when I was in a hospital in Passaic, NJ last month, as I was comming out of post-op, I was given a can of Shasta ginger ale. You may find it in 'dollar stores', some groceries, some institutional users, also under other names as a house brand.
UPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4080 times:
Shasta is still available out here in CA at Winco stores. We get it all the time since I drink a lot of Cola and am not fussy about which brand I drink. It's actually pretty good, but we haven't ventured outside of the cola varieties.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4076 times:
Last time I had Shasta I was in a Hosptial room. I always think of it as the "Hospital Drink" since whenever I'm at the hospital visiting someone (not really that often) I see them carting those around.
AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4072 times:
My mother bought that crap for me when I was younger. She bought the variety pack, the orange, lemon lime, cola, root beer and a red one too. She tried to pass it off as normal soda to me and my sister. Then she bough diet Shasta for us. We never touched it..But that was at least 12-15 years ago.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 4015 times:
I thought "Shasta" is the soda brand associated with KROGER (largest grocer chain in the country).... or are they an independent brand? CHEX is Winn Dixie, I think... I forgot Publix/Albertsons/Vons in-house brands...
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4004 times:
Quoting SegmentKing (Reply 16): I thought "Shasta" is the soda brand associated with KROGER (largest grocer chain in the country).... or are they an independent brand? CHEX is Winn Dixie, I think... I forgot Publix/Albertsons/Vons in-house brands...
Kroger's is Big K, Publix just calls theirs Publix Cola, Diet Cola, etc. Shasta is like Faygo, one of the number of independent bottlers. A lot of the store brands are produced by Cott Corp. which is the #4 bottler in the US behind Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper/7Up. http://www.cott.com/
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3928 times:
I grew up in the SF Bay Area in the 50's/60's and left in mid 70's. Shasta was
a brand of soda products sold in just about every grocery chain, as I recall, as well as other retail outlets. Lemon lime was a flavor, strawberry, grape (my favorite), creme soda (2nd favorite) and maybe a few other flavors. It was quite popular as I recall. I don't know if there is any connection to what is available today.