Around the World in 80 Sips

Jul 6, 2015

sodapop1Where to go for classic, unique, creative, and fun tastes on the tongue?

It’s time for Galco’s Soda Pop Shop “Around the World in 80 Sips,” it’s annual soda-tasting party. On July 19th, Galco’s will pour 75-80 different sodas—with examples from Italy, France, and England—for starters.

Beginning in 1897 as an Italian grocery store, Galco’s changed “flavors” when son John F. Nese took helm of his father’s store in 1995 and lined the shelves with classic, small-batch, exotic and hard-to-find sodas. With a mission to support small soda makers, Galco’s motto is “Freedom of Choice.”


Photo courtesy of Galco's

Photo courtesy of Galco’s


Today, sodas from all over the world can be found at Galco’s—brewed from Brazil to Jamaica, from Germany to Australia—and sought out traditional brands that use 50s, 60s and 70s recipes with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Walking the aisle, sodaphiles can find flavors as diverse as cucumber, coconut and rose petals as well as traditional colas, ginger beers and sarsaparillas that are brewed by hard-to-find smaller bottlers. Galco’s features 450 unique micro beers and 60 types of bottled water. (Galco’s Soda Pop Shop)


Zedazeni from the Republic of Georgia

Zedazeni from the Republic of Georgia


Randy and Scott Rodarte’s Ollin band will be playing during the evening with their original compositions that have been influenced by Texas two-step, swing, cumbia, klezmer, Mexican and Irish-fused folk music, and straight Rock ‘n Roll.

Also on the schedule are Don Preston (Mothers of Invention) and Kyle Parker who’s a classical guitarist.


Ollin band; courtesy photo

Ollin band; courtesy photo


Around the World in 80 Sips
Sunday, July 19th, 5-8 p.m.
Galco’s Soda Pop Shop
5702 York Blvd., Highland Park 90042
Cost: $12, adult; $5, children ages 5-11; purchase here
For complete details, please visit


As always, Galco’s Summer Soda Tasting 5 is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition that is working to re-open Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe to display portions of the museum’s spectacular collections.








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