Originating during the Prohibition era in Chicago, circa 1919, by Schoenhofen Brewery the drink was the brewery's answer to the alcohol ban. While others went with non-alcoholic beers or ice cream (yeah, ice cream?) they decided to go with soda. And it became very popular in the Midwest.
I like how the river is actually blue on the label.
By the time prohibition was over, sales of it were only trailing that of Coca Cola in the Midwest. Yes, the second most popular soda drink at one point was a lime-lemon flavored soda you've never heard of. But with prohibition over, the soda became second fiddle to the factory. Sales of it dropped, and in turn the soda was lost to a bunch of different owners.
It found its way to Seattle in 1992, and since has slowly risen up as a drink associated with retro-ness. It's now owned by the WIT Beverage company and is expanding throughout the nation. One cool thing about the drink though is that it was apparently the inspiration for the song and album Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Green River itself contains 100% cane sugar, is a lime soda with "a hint of lemon", and contains no caffeine. The lime and lemon flavors are natural, not artificial. So what's it taste like?
It tastes like dnL. The lime flavor is definitely the most of what you get from this, with lemon flavors helping to bring the sourness down. It's sweet, not really sour at all. And in my opinion is delicious, and a great way to get that dnL fix you've been looking for.
Ha, take that 7up!
The green coloring even reminds me of how dnL was colored back in the heydays of 2002. If you enjoy lime flavoring, this drink is definitely delicious enough to try. As long as you can find it. Until next week, soda fans.