Tickets are $15 at the door Sunday July 22 • 5-8 p.m.

Galco's • 5702 York Blvd in Highland Park (Map below)
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John Nese

Galco's John Nese shows off 2012 taste samples

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Tasting 2011

Tasting 2011 © Charles J. Fisher

Soda Tasting Poster
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Freedom of Choice

Freedom of Choice/Dublin Sodas
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Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix with local root beer
aficionado Katharine Parra

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Highland Park's own Timothy Sellers & Artichoke will perform once again at the Soda Tasting
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Dakota Black

Native American Comedian Dakota Black


Singer Genesee Hall returns
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Scenes from the first Soda Tasting

World Renowned
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Hosts Second Annual Summer Soda Tasting
on July 22, 2012

  • All proceeds to support Friends Of Southwest Museum
  • Humorist Charles Phoenix Serves Poptails and a Seven-Layer Soda Pop Rock Cake
  • Dublin Bottling Works will launch its new line of sodas, their West Coast debut
  • New White Rose soda will also be announced and sampled
  • Performance By Native American Comic/Actor Dakota Black
  • Music By Artichoke, Mele Ohana Ukulele Ensemble, Greger Walnum Blues Band, Genesee Hall, and just added Don & Bunk, original members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention

Celebrate the summer enjoying sodas with the “King of Pop” when Galco’s Soda Pop Stop hosts its second annual Summer Soda Tasting from 5-8 p.m. on July 22. 2012.

The family-friendly event will feature a myriad of soda samples, live music, comedy, and a chance to chat it up with Galco’s owner John Nese, aka the “King of Pop.”

“I am pleased to be part of the Friends of the Southwest Museum, fighting to have Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe opened once again to the public full time and permanent,” says Nese. All proceeds from the Summer Soda Tasting 2 will go to Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition (FoSmC).

This year’s soda selections will feature soda debuts as well as spotlighting unusual flavors for a soda smorgasbord.

Being unveiled at the Summer Soda Tasting will be the west coast premiere of a line of sodas from Dublin Bottling Works – the bottler that had been producing cane sugar Dublin Dr Pepper since 1891 until it was shut down by Snapple Dr Pepper this winter. In addition, Galco’s will announce the newest flavor in its White Rose line of soda pop (proceeds of sales of all White Rose sodas benefit the FoSMC).

Other sodas sampling at press time include:

  • Mr. Q Cumber (soda of the year winner and first distributed at Galco’s)
  • Sweet Blossom line of floral sodas: rose, lavender, elderflower and jasmine
  • Ginger soda by Bruce Cost: fresh ginger, jasmine green tea and pomegranate
  • French sodas from Rieme (company has been producing sodas since 1921)
  • Non-soda Volcanic Mineral Refresher (better for athletes than Gatorade; also helps hangovers/headaches)
  • Old Dominion Root Beer (based on a historical recipe from the Library of Congress)

In between soda tastings, guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment, including an appearance bybeloved author/humorist Charles Phoenix who will be at mixing and serving two new "Poptails" and his latest Test Kitchen creation, a Seven-Layer Soda Pop Rock Cake, made with sodas and candies found on Galco’s shelves.

Musical acts at the Summer Soda Tasting including Highland Park’s own Artichoke, the Mele Ohana Ukulele Ensemble, teenage singing sensation Genesee Hall, the Don and Bunk Show (Don played with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention) and the Gregor Walnum Blues Band.

In addition, there will also be a performance by Dakota Black, Native American standup comic, actor and author.

In addition to soda tastings, the Galco’s store will be open so people can stock up on any soda, candy, beer, wine. Proceeds from all store sales at the event will also be donated to the Friends of the Southwest Museum by Galco's.

Tickets for the Summer Soda Tasting are $15 the day of the event. Galco’s is located at 5702 York Boulevard, Highland Park, 90042.

For more information, call (323) 255-7115.

About Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Devoted to the art of soda pop and supporting the small businesses behind each bubbly drink, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop features more than 500 flavors of soda at its Los Angeles storefront and nationwide through its website at

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” which mirrors Nese’s determination that customers have the right to choose from more than just a handful of mass-produced, big-business selections.

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, 60 types of bottled water, a selection of old-time candies and toys as well as a complete deli and its famed “Blockbuster” sandwich.

For more information on Galco’s Soda Pop Stop visit or call 323-255-7115. Nese discusses his views on soda pop in a popular online video at


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