If you remember, a while back I encouraged you all to attend the Soda Pop Tasting at Galco’s to support the Friends of the Southwest Museum. At the event, which was attended by about 600 people and super fun, Galco’s owner John Nese unveiled White Rose, a new cream soda bottled especially for the Highland Park “Soda Pop Stop.”
White Rose is a limited edition release (2,500) and the first to come in the “Highland Park’s Own” line, which plans to release it’s next flavor in 2012. Clad in a re-created vintage label, the cream soda pays homage to the history of Highland Park—The White Rose Springs Water Company and White Rose Soda were bottled on Figueroa Street until the late 1960s.
Interesting fact: Many soda and water companies were once sourced from the Arroyo Seco. White Rose Spring company, itself, got its water from North Branch Creek, which used to run behind Galco’s. I’m assuming that’s why that old-timey Sparklett’s building is on York.
And perhaps the coolest part of all of this is that Galco’s will be donating a portion of every sale of = White Roses Cream Soda to the Friends of the Southwest Museum, which is working to reopen the Southwest Museum and Casa de Adobe.
I’ve tried the White Rose. It’s pretty smooth, and not overly sweet, which makes it my kind of soda. But even if you don’t like cream soda, the bottle itself is worth the $1.99.
Here are some self-indulgent photos taken at Galcos. Just click to expand: