From The Desk Of Peter Holsapple: Cheerwine

It makes sense that since Peter Holsapple has long been the go-to guy for musicians such as R.E.M., Hootie & The Blowfish, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, the Troggs, Juliana Hatfield and too many others to name here that when he needed assistance on his first solo album in 21 years that he would turn to, well, himself. Game Day (Omnivore) is a solo record in the truest sense of the word, as the dB’s co-founder pretty much did everything himself on the LP. Holsapple will being guest editing—for the second time—all week. Grab some beer and some pizza: It’s game day.

Holsapple: From Salisbury, N.C. (also home of Food Lion), Cheerwine is a special kind of good. It’s a soda that’s ostensibly what Dr. Pepper wishes it could be, just a little “fruitier” but not too sweet. It’s particularly good with barbeque sandwiches and hush puppies, though you may want to drain the bottle before the banana pudding. Cheerwine is the oldest continuing soft-drink company still run by the same family, since 1917 as they say. Their red-and-white advertising is classic. You know you want one right now.i

Three other important notes:
1) There was Budwine (previously Bludwine, ulp!) in Georgia that was similar but too sweet. They’re out of business now.
2) Cookout, our local burger chain, features Cheerwine floats.
3) Finally: The previously mentioned Food Lion sells Cheerwine popsicles. I owe it to my friend and Hootie bandmate Gary Greene for hipping me to those. North Carolina summer afternoons are better slurping on one of those.