Best Soda, August 2004
From the outside, Galco's Soda Pop Stop
is a modestly proportioned market on an ordinary street in a nondescript suburb. But the inside is impossibly larger: Row after row of regional and artisanal colas stretching into the distance and lovingly arranged by category and brand. We came upon the shockingly neon Frostie Blue Cream Soda (given a run for its money by Jolt Electric Blue and Jones Blue Bubble Gum); Fukola, which we bought for its name; and the imported German Africola, which tastes like Rommel's sweat socks. Pirate's Keg? Of course they have Pirate's Keg! The proprietors know their stock with a fanatic's passion and evangelize with a missionary's zeal. We left with 27 colas, and we're glad we did.