Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rosslyn provided our nation's beverage

In Rosslyn from 1920 to about 1935, John E. Fowler bottled Cherry Smash, "our nation's beverage."  Cherry Smash was second only to Coca Cola among popular sodas across the U.S.  Fowler bottled Cherry Smash in the former Arlington Brewing Company. That company was located in Rosslyn where the Key Bridge Marriott now stands.    

The memory of Rosslyn's Cherry Smash is cherished in lovers' hearts.  Chosi has collected Cherry Smash bottles, as well as Arlington Brewing Company bottles from Rosslyn.  Cherry Smash soda fountains are offered on eBay for $170.  But surely the best memory is the long-ago taste of Cherry Smash.  Do you remember that cherry?

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