News Bites: Yacht Club Soda’s 2024 Soda Pop Poll Limited Release Flavors / Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. Releases New Bourbon

by David Dadekian

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Yacht Club Soda’s Soda Pop Poll is Back for Round Two With Joe’s Bidenomics Berry vs. Donald’s Trumpian Punch

Yacht Club Soda's Soda Pop Poll 2024 Limited Release Flavors Joe’s Bidenomics Berry and Donald’s Trumpian Punch
Yacht Club Soda’s Soda Pop Poll 2024 Limited Release Flavors Joe’s Bidenomics Berry and Donald’s Trumpian Punch

Yacht Club Soda, The Official Soda of Rhode Island, is playing politics in the 2024 presidential election with the return of their Soda Pop Poll. It’s Round Two with the choice of two new Limited Release flavors for consumers to show their presidential preference: Donald’s Trumpian Punch and Joe’s Bidenomics Berry. As with the last two presidential Soda Pop Polls, Yacht Club will release the results of the poll this fall to see which political pop people like best.

In 2020, soda lovers had a favorite flavor, but didn’t pick the winner of the election, with that year’s limited release of Donald’s Big League Punch beating Joe’s Berry-Blue Lemonade 54% to 33%, with 11% going independent. In 2016, the palates of New Englanders did predict the winner of the election with Donald’s Populist Punch just narrowly overtaking Hillary’s Liberal Limeade.

“Our customers loved ‘voting’ with their taste buds in 2020 and 2016 so we always planned on Limited Release Soda Pop Poll flavors this year. With the rematch of Biden vs. Trump we wanted to give people new flavors to try in Round Two,” said Yacht Club Soda owner John Sgambato. “Donald’s Trumpian Punch is a raspberry fruit punch this year and Joe’s Bidenomics Berry is a blueberry-raspberry soda. As in the past, every soda sold is a vote for that candidate to become President of Soda Pop!”

Once again Frankie Galasso, nationally syndicated sports, editorial and entertainment cartoonist/artist and Rhode Island resident, drew the Limited Release label art. Galasso then turned his art over to Kristina Cinquegrana Petrilli, graphic designer and artist, and co-founder of Faith & Grace Design Studios. Petrilli, a North Providence native and resident of Warwick, RI, created the two labels as Sgambato and his team were preparing to bottle Trumpian Punch and Bidenomics Berry. You can find more about Galasso, including his limited-edition lithograph celebrating the Celtics latest world championship at www.thefrankiegalasso.com. More information about Petrilli and her design work, including shopping her co-founded line of greeting cards, can be found at kristinapetrilli.com.

Both Soda Pop Poll flavors are now available at the Yacht Club Factory Store in North Providence—see their Facebook page at facebook.com/yachtclubsoda for hours, will be sold at farmers markets and can be found in local stores and restaurants through multiple distributors. Plus, you can order online from Yacht Club Soda’s site at yachtclubsoda.com and they ship all their flavors anywhere in the United States.

Donald’s Trumpian Punch and Joe’s Bidenomics Berry will only be available through election season, or while supplies last, so don’t miss out on your chance to vote in the Soda Pop Poll!


Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. Releases New Year-Round Bourbon

The South County distillery is adding Sons of Liberty Bourbon to their core line of spirits

Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. Bourbon Whiskey
Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. Bourbon Whiskey

Rhode Island’s Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. is adding a new Bourbon Whiskey to their core line of spirits. Bottled at 94 proof and finished with toasted oak staves, Sons of Liberty Bourbon is the inaugural release to their Barrel Selection Series – a series dedicated to handpicking whiskey barrels from other distilleries for the sole purpose of enhancing their flavor through finishing.

“For this Bourbon, we have selected barrels, and will continue to select barrels, that match a flavor profile we are looking for,” explained Mike Reppucci, Sons of Liberty’s President & Founder. “We then bring them in house to finish them with a blend of toasted oak staves to complement and enhance the starting Bourbon.” Sons of Liberty has been crafting a variety of whiskies, gins, vodkas and more since 2011, but this process is a first for them. “This is a new adventure for us,” said Reppucci, “and we’re really fired up to use our knowledge and experience acquired over the years to be able to offer a great tasting Bourbon at a great price.” 

Described on the label as being bold, yet approachable, with notes of toasted vanilla and caramel, 750ml bottles of Sons of Liberty Bourbon are now available in Rhode Island liquor stores with an SRP of $39.99. The Bourbon is also available in Sons of Liberty’s tasting room in South Kingstown. “We encourage Bourbon lovers to visit the tasting room and try it out in a whiskey flight, on its own or even in a cocktail,” said Sons of Liberty’s tasting room manager, Paul Baptista. “It’s truly delicious. Well-rounded, great depth of flavor, very enjoyable.”

Sons of Liberty’s tasting room is open Thursday-Sunday. Thursdays 5-9pm, Fridays 5-10pm, Saturday 1-10pm and Sundays 1-7pm. The product locator on Sons of Liberty’s website can be used to find local stores carrying the new Bourbon.

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