NEW BRITAIN â€“ Itâ€™s election season and weâ€™re still amidst a pandemic, but the only high tension at Averyâ€™s Beverages is in the bubbles.
The big red barn at 520 Corbin Ave., New Britain is open for business and owner Rob Metz has a new line of Presidential Sodas out this fall.
â€śWhatâ€™s new and exciting? Well our new flavors, the Trump Tonic and Biden Berry,â€ť Metz said this September, as word had already begun to spread that Averyâ€™s was blowing off some steam for us all with a little wholesome humor to lighten up an otherwise tough time.
The red hue of the Trump Tonic reflects this concoctionâ€™s red grape flavor, or what Metz likes to call, â€śKeep America Grape.â€ť Its label boasts patriotic colors and a caricature of our President Donald Trump.
The opposing soda â€“ Biden Berry â€“ has a blue label and is â€śBerry Mixed Upâ€ť in the most affectionate way possible, according to Metz.
â€śThis election season has been a little boring so far with no debates or conventions, so this soda is about the most exciting thing happening in 2020,â€ť he said.
The soda shop is keeping track of how much of each flavor is sold throughout the season for a little friendly competition outside of the polls.
On a more serious note, Averyâ€™s had to make some adjustments to business as usual since the covid-19 pandemic began last March. Curbside pickup has since ended and visitors are allowed back in the store now, but only five at a time. Tours and Make Your Own Soda Parties are on hold until Connecticut allows businesses to return to full indoor capacity and Averyâ€™s staff deems it safe to reinstate these activities.
â€śWeâ€™re just kind of rolling with it,â€ť Metz said of the evolving pandemic restrictions. â€śWeâ€™re still here and weâ€™re still having fun, so come on down and get some soda.â€ť
Seasonal favorites and old-fashioned classics like Averyâ€™s Pumpkin Pie, Cola, Root Beer and the â€śTotally Grossâ€ť line of sodas are all still available. Over 35 flavors are made with real cane sugar and sold at stores across the region, online and at Averyâ€™s home base, where founder Sherman Avery began making soda in 1904.
Averyâ€™s Beverages is located at 520 Corbin Ave., New Britain. Hours: Tues.-Weds. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Averyâ€™s at 860-224-0830 or AverysSoda.com.
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