While the drink was made for decades at the bottling plant in Montross, in Westmoreland County. It’s become one of the many “zombie brands” being discontinued by Coca-Cola that has been bottled at a plant in Sandston.
Coca-Cola called the brand purge a global portfolio refresh, prioritizing category-leading brands with the greatest potential for growth. Also discontinued in that move: Zico coconut water, Coca-Cola Life, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry and Delaware Punch.
It’s made Johnson downright aggravated.
“I don’t think Coca-Cola understands how important this drink is for so many of us,” said Johnson, who’s down to one case and plans to only pop the last few cans for very special occasions. “Every time I have one, I feel calm. Its taste is phenomenal, and it’s fizzy to the point where nothing else compares.”
She knows that folks who haven’t tried the soft drink might think she’s a bit over the top about all this.
“But other long-time lovers of Northern Neck Ginger Ale, which includes everyone in my family, they get it,” she said. “We always thought they should have taken the drink national instead of just offering it mainly in Virginia.”
On the Facebook page, there are many offering as much praise as Johnson, like Carole Dervin, who said she was born and grew up in the Northern Neck and now lives in Louisiana.