I’m from the East coast, and I recently visited Alberta. When the family I was staying with told me to help myself to a drink, I grabbed some soda. Red soda. I expected it to be, say, raspberry ginger ale or some other bracing and refreshing light soda. Boy, was I ever surprised to get a mouthful of cream soda! It’s not that I don’t like the stuff; it’s just that it was the wrong color. Around here, cream soda is a sort of pale tan. But the native Albertans said that all the places they’d been in the West (notably Montana and California) had red cream soda. Frankly, I don’t believe them. This stuff is an abomination unto God. So what’s the deal? Is it a Western thing? Where’s the dividing line (do they have some nasty purplish goop in Missouri)? And why, above all, are there two different colors of this stuff.
PS The brand I (unsuspectingly) drank was Barq’s. Is it true of, say, A&W and IBC as well?