Pepsi has a new soda that they have released recently that isn’t full of artificial ingredients and could be considered a craft soda. The new brand, Caleb’s Kola, has been in the works for a while but they’ve finally perfected it and it is ready to grace a shelf in your fridge. Unfortunately, it isn’t being released everywhere yet, just a small selection of Costco locations in Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Of course,it will eventually be available to a wider audience but for right now, you can only find it at Costco. I think it is pretty cool that they chose to release it exclusively to Costco locations, even if it isn’t at all of them.
Caleb’s Kola is in old fashioned glass bottles like they used to have all the time but are really hard to find now. The name is also a nod to cola history since it is named after Caleb Bradham, the North Carolina pharmacist that is credited with coming up with the original Pepsi formula in 1890. Part of being more of a craft soda type production is that it has natural ingredients. Unlike most sodas now it is not made with corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, which seem to have really impacted cola and soda sales in the last few years. Caleb’s is made with sparkling water, sustainable Fair Trade cane sugar, kola nuts from Africa, a special blend of spices from around the world, and a hint of citrus oils to give it just a touch of citrus flavour. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering about the kola nut extract. Here’s what they say on the Caleb’s website:
With a unique, slightly bitter flavor and a small amount of caffeine, the kola nut is an evergreen tree nut originating from the tropical rainforests of Africa. The nut itself is the fruit of the kola tree and can range in size from as small as a chestnut to as large as potato! Widely used to flavor drinks, we’re extracting the kola nut’s natural flavor as the key ingredient in Caleb’s Kola.
But of course, for me, the cool thing is that Pepsi picked Costco as the exclusive retailer for Caleb’s Kola. And it is a pretty exclusive selection of Costco stores too, with just nine lucky locations stocking the new soda. Here’s a list of all of the Costco locations where you can find Caleb’s Kola, so you’ll know if you can pick some up next time you are at your Costco.
- 517 East 117th Street, Manhattan, NY 10035
- 61-35 Junction Blvd Rego Park, Queens, NY 11374
- 2975 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
- 976 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232
- 4725 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
- 1200 S Fern Lane, Arlington, VA 22202
- 2400 Five Lees Lane. Lanham, MD 20706
- 10925 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705
- 2441 Market St. NE, Washington, DC 20018
Clearly, I haven’t had a chance to try this new soda yet, but if anyone has, I’d love to hear about it. Not that I really drink soda more than once or twice per year, but I really hate the taste of the artificial sweeteners in soda now, so this sounds like a nice change to me.