If you’ve walked down the soda aisle in your local grocery store lately, you may have noticed the multitudes of artisanal sodas. Even as the sales of traditional soda declines, artisanal soda sales are growing. To learn more, we got in touch with our new friends at Portland Soda Works in
Portland, Oregon. They told us about their concoction processes and gave us some easy tips to create delicious soda syrups at home. The punch line: it’s a fun, creative process, and it’s not nearly as hard as it sounds!
Founded by Dan McLaughlin and Chris Onstad in 2012, Portland Soda Works brews small-batch handcrafted sodas using all-natural ingredients. I recently spoke with Dan by phone, who explained, “We’re kind of trying to create the Belgian beer of soda.” Much of the initial inspiration for the company came from Chris’s job as a food critic. He didn’t drink alcohol when he visited restaurants, and he found the selections of nonalcoholic beverages to pair with his delicious meals were paltry. So, Chris took it upon himself to create a good-tasting, high-quality, healthier, classy alternative to popular sodas; Dan soon joined him in this noble effort. Continue reading Artisanal Soda Bubbles Up in Portland: Portland Soda Works and the Art of Brewing Soda Syrup