So this is where all the water went in California?! Plants have to “man up” and drink some soda! You just have to love John Nese and spend 12 great minutes with a great American businessman. As tells it:

John Nese is the proprietor of Galcos Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park, Los Angeles. His father ran it as a grocery store, and when the time came for John to take charge, he decided to convert it into the ultimate soda-lovers destination. About 500 pops line the shelves, sourced lovingly by John from around the world. John has made it his mission to keep small soda-makers afloat and help them find their consumers. Galcos also acts as a distributor for restaurants and bars along the West Coast, spreading the gospel of soda made with cane sugar (no high-fructose corn syrup if John can avoid it).

No high-fructose corn syrup? Yes, yes, and yes! High-fructose corn syrup is perhaps the single most invidious ingredient in super-market foods. When I scan ingredients and see it on the list that item goes back on the shelf. It’s not only calories consumed to no purpose, it’s calories that taste crummy.

“So now we have about 500 different sodas.”

I’ve been dining out lately on the incredible difference between Mexican Coke (sane cane sugar) and the swill passed off as American coke (high-fructose corn crapola). It’s true and you can taste and feel the difference with one sip. As a result I am very pleased to listen to this high-priest of boutique sodas, a man who knows what he’s talking about.

Here’s a few choice quotes pulled from the video:

“Corn syrup is totally unnecessary. Why would you use corn as the sweetener? Once a year Coca Cola makes a kosher Coke. It’s got a yellow cap. Try it side by side with the regular Coke. The one with the cane sugar just goes pop! And it explodes and it’s delicious. The one with the corn just goes fzzzzt…..”


“Energy drinks? UGH! Energy drinks just taste bad.”


“Big business loves big government. It just uses it to take over the market and then jack up prices.”


“What I always wanted to do was to do business with other businesses my size.”


“People still come in looking for RC Draft which was a soft cola. Very smooth.”


“Coke and Pepsi love recycling. It gets them out of ever have to wash a bottle. If we really cared about the environment you’d have ‘re-use’ and not ‘recycling.'”


Re-use rather than recycling. I guess he’s hip to the ever expanding glass mountains accruing around the nation since, surprise, it’s cheaper to make glass from sand than to recycle it. Men like Nese should be in government rather than the substandard toads, right and left, that currently infest it. But then again, no. If he did we’d be out one really great soda store and that is just not worth it.

[UPDATE: Yes, Nese’s Galcos Soda Pop Shop lets you buy on line for shipping to your parched home address. Check out Galco’s Soda Pop Stop for details. ]


H/T Gerard Vanderleun and American Digest; personal archives…