Soda aficionados claim that old-fashioned concoctions were better than today’s pop due to their secret recipes and the fact that each bottle was delivered by a carrier pigeon. Try Dr Pepper the way it was originally intended with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a tour package for four at Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company in Dublin (up to a $37 value). Tours depart every 45 minutes, with the first tour at 10:15 a.m. and the last starting at 4:15 p.m. Each package includes the following for each person:
- A tour (up to a $5 value each)
- A Frosty Pepper (a $4.25 value each)
Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company earns bubbly admiration via its twin distinctions as the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the world and the only one still infusing pop with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar instead of corn syrup. On daily guided tours, visitors drink in the storied history of the plant, learning factoids about the factory’s founding in 1891 and strolling past the still-operating antique bottling line and original clockwork soda jerks. The plant’s original offices take on new life as a working museum, displaying historic Dr Pepper memorabilia and ephemera. Tours culminate at Old Doc's Soda Shop, where each tour attendee kicks back with a Frosty Pepper, a tasty concoction of smooth ice cream marbled with Dublin’s signature Dr Pepper syrup.
Dublin Bottling Works
In 1885, behind the counter of Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store on the corner of Six Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas, pharmacist Charles Adlerton was struck by an idea. After observing how much patrons loved the combined scent of the many ingredients hidden within the soda fountain, he decided to create a drink that captured all their properties. He wound up inventing Dr. Pepper, and after one sip, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston Prim knew he wanted to sell it. Though the famous drink and plant have since parted ways, Dublin Bottling Works continues to celebrate that original legacy by crafting pure-cane-sugar sodas in chilled glass bottles, the way their employees have for more than 100 years.
Today, the bottlers' products find their way onto shelves all around the nation, and they invite visitors to come watch them while they work. They lead tours through their historic plant and the memorabilia-laden museum that now occupies their original offices. At the end of the tour, they make a stop in Old Doc's Soda Shop, where visitors can sample their products from an old fashioned soda fountain and buy bottled goods to drink at home or shake vigorously and then offer to neighbors who keep eating your newspapers.