Chip’s: Beers and sodas that all ages can enjoy

By on February 7, 2018

Beers, and sodas, for every member of the family.

Each month at Chip’s, we like to share our love of beer, wine, olive oil and all that goes with it on these electronic pages.

But for February we thought we’d take a little detour and let our readers and patrons in on some of the other products we carry.

Most of our customers come here for our adult beverages – wine and beer.

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But we also carry products that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Let’s start by talking about soft drinks, and in particular, those geared to the younger members of your family (or those who remain young at heart!)

Almost everyone loves Harry Potter, and fans of the book series are familiar with ‘butterbeer’, a favorite beverage among the Hogwarts crowd.

You don’t have to visit the Leaky Cauldron or the Three Broomsticks Inn to try this non-alcoholic butterscotch flavored soda.

‘Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer” is available at Chip’s and was quite popular last year with fans of the famous book series.

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It’s made with pure cane sugar and is gluten, GMO, caffeine, and preservative free.

Perhaps your children’s tastes run in a different direction, and if so, our line of ‘Totally Gross’ sodas from old-school soda bottler Avery’s was our biggest seller last summer.

The line includes flavors like “Bug Barf”, “Kitty Piddle”, “Dog Drool” and “Toxic Slime”, among others.

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Not to worry, the actual flavors are quite palatable-combinations of grape, orange, raspberry, passionfruit, pineapple, kiwi, lemon, and lime are hiding behind the ickier monikers.

These sodas are also made from pure cane sugar.

Other interesting flavors you’ll find on our shelves include Rocket Fizz’s ‘Fudge Brownie Cookie Dough” and “Cookies ‘N Cream” soft drinks.

And if you’re purchasing them for yourselves instead of your kids, remember, at the Snob-Free Zone, we don’t judge.

Avery’s Totally Gross sodas.

You’ll also find other retro brands at Chip’s, including several from West Coast producer Orca, which has revived defunct labels and formulas for the likes of Frostie, Brownie Root Beer, and a mixed drink favorite-Cock N’ Bull Ginger Beer.

Fans of the Moscow Mule know Cock N’ Bull as the original ginger beer used in the famous cocktail. It’s preferred for its spicy kick, common among British style ginger beers.

Chip’s also offers the popular Gosling’s Ginger Beer as well as B. Stiff, a new ginger beer from a craft beer maker with a substantial following-Oskar Blues.

Speaking of cocktails, Chip’s can add some variety to your bar inventory with their line of mixers and bitters.

One line that locals should love comes from Planetary Elixirs.

Scott Meyer, of Outer Banks Brewing Station fame, has created some unique products at the Rocky Mount Brewmill incubator.

Bittermens, Thai Tie, Jamaica Roselle, Fever Tree.

Chip’s carries his Thai Tie and Jamaica Roselle, naturally carbonated botanical infusions.

Some of our customers drink them as stand-alone beverages, but they work very well as cocktail mixers.

These elixirs have your health in mind, with ingredients such as lemongrass, basil, hibiscus, and ginger. We can recommend the Thai Tie as an excellent pairing with your favorite gin.

We’ll close with something for those who love some heat in their food and drink.

If you’re a fan of the habanero pepper, you’ve probably tried to infuse it into your cocktails and noticed it throws the balance of the cocktail off.

Enter Bittermens Hellfire Shrub.

A blend of pepper, salt, and vinegar, fortified with alcohol, so one can use “drops instead of ounces” according to the producers will create a well-balanced cocktail with the heat blending, rather than distracting from your cocktail.

So take a walk on the not-so-wild side and try some of our lesser-known offerings next time you’re stocking up on your favorite beer, wine, and olive oils!

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