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Get Your Song Featured on the Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist

August 19th, 2013

Summer Playlist - DRY Soda

Get your favorite summer song featured on this crowdsourced playlist

It’s mid-August and the annual realization that summer does not last forever is slowly creeping its way into reality with fall just around the corner. Not to worry though – the Ginger Summer Refresh Playlist is here to hit refresh on the summer vibes and make sure the good times stay.

What songs have made your summer better? What tunes have fueled your summer’s adventures? Tweet or comment on Facebook and Instagram your submissions for this special crowdsourced playlist before it gets released via Spotify/YouTube Friday, August 23. Your submission could make it into the playlist and earn you a special shout on our blog! Happy listening.

Submit your song suggestions by 9AM Pacific on Friday, August 23 to be considered

Check out some of our past playlists for inspiration:

- Rhubarb Hearts Aflutter Valentine’s Day Playlist

- Lavender Winter Gathering Playlist

- Blood Orange Halloween Playlist

Busy Summer = Lots of New DRY Soda Retailers

August 16th, 2013

Find DRY Soda at new retailers in MO, IL, CA, WA, OR and ID.

We’ve been busy bees this summer, and that means that there are a lot more places where you can buy better soda. Find DRY Soda at the following new locations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, California, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri! As always, check our DRY Soda Store Locator to find the DRY retailer nearest you.

Dierberg’s

- 94 Crossing – St Peters, MO
- Arnold Commons – Arnold, MO
- Bogey Hills Plaza – St. Charles, MO
- Brentwood Pointe – St. Louis, MO
- Clarkson/Clayton – Ellisville, MO
- Des Peres Market – Des Peres, MO
- Edwardsville Crossing – Edwardsville, IL
- Fenton Crossing – Fenton, MO
- Florissant – Florissant, MO
- Green Mount Crossing – Shiloh, IL
- Lemay Plaza – St. Louis, MO
- Mackenzie Pointe – St. Louis, MO
- Market Place – Chesterfield, MO
- Telegraph Plaza – St. Louis, MO
- Wentzville Crossing – Wentzville, MO
- West Oak – Creve Coeur, MO
- Wildwood Town Center – Wildwood, MO

Rosauer’s

- Hood River, OR
- Meridian, ID
- Moscow, ID
- Bozeman, MT
- Kalispell, MT
- Walla Walla, WA
- Yakima, WA
- Ellensburg, WA
- North Division – Spokane, WA
- East Sprague – Spokane, WA
- South Monroe – Spokane, WA

Nugget Market

- Covell – Davis, CA
- Florin – Sacramento, CA
- Roseville – Roseville, CA

Mollie Stone’s Markets (Twin Peaks) – 635 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA

Draeger’s (Blackhawk) – 4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle Danville CA, 94506

Alfalfa’s Market – 1651 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302

Bread Garden Market/Deli – 225 S. Linn St. Iowa City, IA 52240

Benz Beverage Depot – 501 7th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Lincoln Wine Bar – 117 1st St. NW Mt. Vernon, IA 52314

Campbell’s Nutrition (2 locations)

- 4040 University Ave Des Moines, IA 50311

- 2749 100th St Des Moines, IA 50322

New Pioneer Food Co-op (2 locations)

- 22 S. Linn St. Unit 2A Iowa City, IA 52240

- 1101 2nd Ave Coralville, IA 52241

Gateway Market and Café – 2002 Woodland Ave Des Moines, IA 50312

John’s Grocery – 401 E. Market St Iowa City, IA 52245

Cobble Hill Restaurant – 219 2nd Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Brewed Café – 1101 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

DRY Soda + Car2Go Team Up in Seattle and Portland for a Better Summer

August 14th, 2013

DRY Soda and car2go have teamed up in Seattle and Portland!

DRY Soda and Car2Go Team Up in Seattle and Portland

If you’re a member in Seattle or Portland, you already know that Car2Go is a better way to get around the city, so in the heat of summer heat we thought we’d offer you a better soda to cool off. DRY Soda and Car2Go have teamed up to offer Car2Go members an all natural, less sweet way to beat the heat!

Look for cans of DRY’s all natural, less sweet soda the next time you hop into a Car2Go. Tweet a photo of you and your can of DRY Soda to @DRYSoda and @car2goPortland or @car2goSeattle and you’ll receive 10 free minutes of drive time! And remember: DRY Sodas are best sipped chilled, so get yours in the fridge before enjoying. Promotion runs through 8/31/13.

 

 

Interested in becoming a Car2Go member? Register on their website, download the app for Android or iPhone and get going. And while you’re at it, download the DRY Soda app for Android and iPhone to find DRY while you’re zipping around town in your Car2Go.

DRY is Better… for Summer Camping

August 13th, 2013

5 ways to make camping better

DRY Soda makes any occasion better, and camping is no exception. We’re halfway through August, but there’s still plenty of time to get in a camping trip before summer ends. Before you pack up your bag and head out, check out how DRY Soda is better for camping as well as four other ways to make your trip to the outdoors better.

5 Ways to Make Camping Better

1) Better Post-Hike RefreshmentVanilla Bean DRY Soda 12-can pack

While you’re spending quality time connecting with mother Earth on your camping trip, make your meals and time in the sun better with the earthy smoothness of Vanilla Bean DRY Soda. It’s a surefire way to please you and your little campers at dinner or after a long day of hiking.

2) Better PackingSea to Summit X Bowl from REI

When packing for a camping trip, space efficiency is key. Bringing along some of these collapsible bowls will make packing that much better, leave more space in your pack for other essentials (such as more of item #1) and make mealtime a much more domesticated experience.

3) Better MorningsTable Top French Coffee Press from REI

Just because you’re roughing it doesn’t mean you have to forego that ever-so-sacred part of your morning routine. This handy camping French Press, combined with a ground bag of Caffe Vita beans and a pot of just-below-boiling water, will get your mornings off to a much better start.

4) Better S’moresSummer Fun Pack Marshmallows from Wondermade

Like DRY Soda, Wondermade makes their delicious handcrafted marshmallows in culinary flavors with pure cane sugar and none of the extra/bad stuff. The Summer Fun Pack gets you a beautiful box each of Orangesicle, Lemonade, Sangria and Root Beer-flavored marshmallows. Pairing these beauties with this homemade graham cracker recipe from Kitchen Simplicity will make camp life complete.

5) Better RelaxationDoubleNest Hammock from Eagle’s Nest Outfitters

Among all the hiking, swimming and campfires that go on during a camping trip, the art of hammocking is often forgotten. Make relaxing among nature’s majesty better by enjoying it with horizontally, swinging slowly from side to side.

Summer Sips and Scoops: DRY Soda Ice Cream Float Recipes (with flavor twists!)

August 8th, 2013

DRY's CEO Sharelle Klaus joined the Q13 morning crew to make DRY Soda floats

DRY’s CEO Sharelle Klaus was on set with Q13 FOX to talk about DRY Soda as a less sweet, better soda and mix up an ice cream float using one of Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s many great flavors. Watch Sharelle’s DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Ice Cream Float video and try one of the recipes below!

Ginger DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Cascade Mountain Blackberry Ice Cream

Garnish: fresh sprig of mint

Flavor Profile: The zesty flavor of ginger pairs perfectly with the richness of Northwest blackberries

Instructions:
- Crush six blackberries in glass
- Add one or two hearty scoops of Snoqualmie Cascade Mountain Blackberry Ice Cream
- Slowly pour in Ginger DRY Soda until full
- Garnish with fresh mint sprig
- Add straw, sip and enjoy!

Lavender DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Garnish: Theo Chocolate 70% dark chocolate shavings

Flavor Profile: The warm, earthy flavors of vanilla bean and dark chocolate complement the smooth, floral flavor of lavender

Instructions:
- Add one or two hearty scoops of Snoqualmie Danish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream to glass
- Slowly pour in Lavender DRY Soda until full
- Use a microplane to grate a sprinkling of Theo 70% dark chocolate over ice cream (or garnish with a piece of chocolate stuck directly into your scoop)
- Add straw, sip and enjoy!

 

Other recommended float ideas:

Apple DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream - Garnish: rum whipped cream

Cucumber DRY Soda + Snoqualmie Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet - Garnish: mint leaf

 

You can find both DRY Soda and Snoqualmie Ice Cream at your local QFC, Fred Meyer, Thriftway, PCC, Whole Foods or Red Apple stores, or at Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s cafe in Maltby, WA. Additionally, find DRY’s newest flavors – Apple and Ginger DRY Soda – at Metropolitan Market. And if you want to party with us in person, join us on August 24th for Ice Cream-o-rama with Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

App Pick: Frontback

August 7th, 2013

Download the Frontback App for iPhone Frontback is the perfect photo app for summertime snaps

Historians claim that the “selfie” was first invented with the creation of MySpace back in 2003, but with the advent of front-facing cameras on smart phones, sociologists are now calling the social climate in which we now live the “Era of the Selfie”***. Even if you’re not a selfie-inclined person, admit it: when you’re Skyping with a friend or loved one, 90% of the time your eyes are focused on that little image of yourself in the corner. It’s okay, we all have a little bit of it in us.

Frontback appTry DRY Soda at Pike Place Market

With this in mind, Frontback enables you to capture the moments in front of you while showing the world who you were with, what you were wearing, how you reacted and more by capturing simultaneous photos from your iPhone’s back and front cameras, then stacking them on top of one another. After a quick registration, you can start snapping, explore the community of Frontback photographers to get inspiration for your next piece, or show your love for others’ work. Some photographers are more straightforward, others blend their front and back photos together creatively.

In all, it’s a simple concept but it’s enough to make this the perfect app for all of your summer occasions, such as music festivals, sunsets at the beach or, in the above case, DRY Soda at Pike Place Market.

Download Frontback for iPhone and get to snapping your summer today!

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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – 3 DRY Soda + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich Pairings (with Float Alternatives!)

August 2nd, 2013

Today is a big day: it’s both National Ice Cream Sandwich Day AND our friends at Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches are launching their Pasadena location. Founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller will be on hand today helping out with the ice cream sammie madness, as well as scooping ice cream for DRY Soda floats! If you’re in Pasadena, you must be there.

When you make it out to the party, be sure to try any one of these DRY Soda + Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich pairings, or go for the liquid version of each with a float!

Vanilla Bean DRY Soda / Coolhaus Snickerdoodle cookies + Root Beer ice cream

The subtle sugary spice of the Coolhaus Snickerdoodle cookie/Root Beer ice cream pairs perfectly with the creamy smoothness of Vanilla Bean DRY Soda in what may otherwise be called the Reverse Root Beer Float.

Ginger DRY Soda / Coolhaus Ginger cookies + Mango Sorbet

We’ve already seen the Ginger/Ginger combo work so well before, and this Coolhaus/DRY pairing is just another example of the spicy synergism of ginger. The Mango Sorbet in the middle of the sammie rounds out this pairing with just the right amount of vegan fruitiness.

Rhubarb DRY Soda / Coolhaus Gluten Free Coconut Almond Chip cookies + Patron Blueberry Mojito ice cream

This pairing may be best described as a “cookie cocktail,” and it’s the epitome of gluten free goodness. The tartness of Rhubarb DRY Soda plays well with the effortlessly cool flavor of the GF Coconut Almond Chip / Patron Blueberry Mojito sammie.

Sips and Specials: August 2013

August 1st, 2013

Want to know where you can taste DRY Soda’s flavors? What to know if your local retailer is offering special pricing on DRY? We’re updating this list throughout the month of August, so check back to see what’s happening at your local DRY retailer.

DRY Soda Tastings

Sat 8/3

Fairfield, OH | Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Wellness 11am-6pm (5440 Dixie Highway)

Sun 8/4

Fairfield, OH | Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Wellness 11am-5pm (5440 Dixie Highway)

Sat 8/10

Hillsboro, OR | Fred Meyer – Sunset 1-4:30pm (22075 NW Imbrie Dr)

Thurs 8/15

Denver, CO | Raise the Roof at SIE Film Center 5:30-10pm (2510 East Colfax Ave)

Fri 8/16

Seattle, WA  | Sunset Supper at the Market 7-11pm (Pike Place Market)

Sat 8/24

Seattle, WA | Seattle Park & Recreation’s Big Day of Play 10am-3pm (Warren G. Magnuson Park)

Snohomish, WA | Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s Ice Cream-O-Rama 11am-3pm (21106 86th Ave SE)

Fri 8/30

Cincinnati, OH | Park + Vine – Final Friday Sampling 6-10pm (1202 Main Street)

Sip Pair Mix DRY Soda for Less

Cans of DRY Soda 10 / $10 - Metropolitan Market

4 packs of DRY Soda for $3.99 - The Fresh Market

National Ice Cream Month – Local Float #6: Apple DRY Soda + Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream

July 31st, 2013

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With National Ice Cream Month coming to a close, we’re savoring this final float recipe with our friends at Snoqualmie Ice Cream until we party again on August 24th at Ice Cream-o-rama.

Today’s float recipe combines Apple DRY Soda and Island Coconut Snoqualmie Ice Cream, bringing together a flavor of the Northwest with a taste of the tropics in a beautiful blend of crisp, mellow sweetness.

Want to make one of your own?

DRY Soda’s new cans and flavors and Snoqualmie Ice Cream are both carried at select Metropolitan Market locations. Pick up some pints and cans today and soon you’ll be floating your summer away.

Additionally, DRY Soda will be floating around at this year’s Ice Cream-o-Rama at Snoqualmie Ice Cream Cafe and Farm on Saturday, August 24. Check Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s event invite for more details!

DRY’s Five Best Finds: July 2013

July 31st, 2013

We come across a lot of amazing stuff on the internet every day and always make sure to pass it along on Twitter and Facebook. However, some of that amazing stuff really rises above the rest. With that, here are the top five things we found and shared this month in food, design, sustainability, creativity and more.

Vine User Recreates ‘Super Mario Bros.’ With Food

Vine has brought a new form of expression – a new art form, even – to the internet, and it’s fascinating to see how creative people can get with the time constraint of six mere seconds of video. This vine combo of food and video games from Hunter Harrison is just one of the many genius ways in which users are making Vine one of our favorite new places to be on the internet. PS the gumdrop Goomba is adorable.

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

We won’t speak for you, but our adolescent, early teenage year concerns consisted of hanging out at the mall (for some reason) and not getting stuck sitting on the end at the movies with friends. However, Silicon Valley youth Kiran Sridhar has leveraged his early teen energy to think outside of himself, see others’ needs and create the program Waste No Food, which connects those in need with local restaurants. With plans to expand into San Francisco, Sridhar certainly makes us optimistic about the next generation of thinkers.

Grow Your Own Garden on a Grid with Nourishmat

Not everyone has the green thumb required to get a seed to grow and flourish, but Nourishmat helps make the process considerably easier. The 4′ x 6′ Nourishmat (not to be confused with the ‘Jump to Conclusions’ mat) is laid out in a grid consisting of 19 different, compatible plant varieties, ready to plant via clay/compost ‘seedballs’. If you’ve been meaning to get gardening again, this may just be your green ticket.

Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ Makes Cake Taste Better: How Rituals Affect Food Flavor

While personal research shows that exactly zero people know what to do with themselves while their friends and family sing ‘Happy Birthday’, professional research from the University of Minnesota has found that small ‘rituals’ such as a special song or specific preparation method makes us enjoy the taste of food more.

The Perfect Peanut Butter Jar Works Like A Push-Pop

Years ago ago, people projected that we might have flying cars, robot butlers and magical dehydrated pizzas by now. While some of these innovations have yet to be seen, the future is here, and its name is Jar with a Twist. Operating just like a push-pop or deodorant stick, this food innovation saves on otherwise wasted peanut butter, makes for better recycling, and prevents the dreaded “peanut butter knuckles” to boot.