Is it Soda or Pop?

September 10, 2014

Is it Soda or Pop?

Actually, it’s both.

Polly’s Soda Pop is a small craft soda manufacturer bringing back a taste of the good old days. Originating from the Independence Bottling Works established in 1905 by Kloose Wiegan and purchased by Louis “Polly” Compton in 1923, Polly’s Pop is an Independence classic.

Once the Square’s sweetest treat, Polly’s was forced out of business in 1967 by market-monopolizing Coke and Pepsi. Those familiar brands are obviously still thriving, but the demand for specialty soda has recently grown. People looking for locally produced beverages free of high fructose corn syrup have had few options in Independence so far, but we’re hoping to change that.

We’re keeping true to our roots with locally sourced flavoring and 100% pure cane sugar. The first six flavors available this fall will be Root Beer, Cream, Orange, Grape, Strawberry and (most uniquely) Pineapple. Our antique bottling machine runs production right on the Square, and that’s where you’ll be able to try Polly’s first!

Another bonus to being on the Square is the connection to El Pico, the Mexican restaurant that will have a window into Polly’s production. You can sip the soda as you watch it being made.

Although we like to think a great tasting specialty soda would sell everywhere, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Independence was the birthplace for Polly’s, and we can’t wait to bring it back.

Share the Square’s sweetest treat, Polly’s Soda Pop!