NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to New Britain, home of Avery’s Beverages. This place has been poppin’ bottles since 1904… soda pop that is.
The property where the factory stands used to be Mr. Avery’s Father’s poultry farm, but when Avery took over the barn in 1904, he used his entrepreneurial spirit to transform it into a soda factory.
Current owner, Rob Metz says they make around 50 different flavors, and always welcome visitors:
Anytime we’re bottling, we have folks around. On Saturdays we do make your own soda program. Kids come in and get to take over the soda factory for an hour and make their own flavors.
With little ones experimenting with wacky flavors, the company rolled out the “Totally Gross Soda” line. The soda isn’t gross. But the names are. Like: toxic slime, dog drool, kitty piddle, and bug barf. Yummy.
Even with old-school technology, the factory is able to produce large amounts of soda for buyers around the U.S.
On a good day, we’ll make a hundred cases here – 24 in a case so you’re talking about 2,500, to 3,500 hundred bottles in a day. We’re 1950’s technology… we like to do it the way it was done 50 years ago.
First the bottle are sterilized. Then they’re pushed down the conveyor line where they arrive at the bottling machine. The machine fills the bottles up with syrup, and then carbonated water is added to the mix. Finally the bottle is capped and hand-shaken.
Check out Avery’s Beverages for yourself at 520 Corbin Avenue in New Britain.