Where to Find Dublin Dr. Pepper in Orange County

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The last bottles of Dublin Dr Pepper in Orange County?
​Those of you from Texas have probably heard the news from the folks back home: Dublin Dr. Pepper is dead. The bottling company in the small town of Dublin, Texas which has made a cane-sugar version of the original Dr. Pepper formula lost a lawsuit against the Dr Pepper Snapple corporation last week, and is no longer able to produce or sell the product it's made since 1891. They even had to change their name to Dublin Bottling Works, Inc. You can read the details on our sister paper, the Dallas Observer.

You used to be able to buy it at BevMo here in California, but none of that chain's locations has any, according to an associate in their Irvine store. But there's at least one Orange County retailer that still has some as of this morning.

For years, the corporate giant had licensed the brand name to the little bottling company, which sold its product in the six counties surrounding Dublin. Until recent years, when corporate produced its own throwback version of Dr Pepper using a beet sugar formula that was close the original formula, and canned them with graphics that looked similar to the Dublin version. And now that corporate has seized the last scraps of the trademark and the original formula, they're going to sell their own "original" version made at a different bottling plant in Temple, Texas. Way to go, Snapple. "Best stuff on earth," my ass.

Dublin's original formula is instantly distinguishable from the corporate corn syrup version sold across the rest of the country. In an informal blind tasting conducted with my family, the two versions even looked different. My kid could tell them apart from a distance. The corporate one is much more aggressively carbonated, and its corn syrup sweetener was dull-tasting compared to the brighter flavor of the original formula with cane sugar. It's not even a close comparison.

Think there's no difference? You won't have very long to get your hands on the last remaining bottles in Orange County. I'll update this list of retailers once I get more information, but for now, run, don't walk to Kean Coffee, which sells 8 oz. glass bottles of Dublin Dr Pepper for $2.69 each. Manager Paul Valdez says each store has several cases left, and they're limiting quantities to one per customer so as many people can say their goodbyes to the old-time soda.

Kean Coffee 2043 Westcliff Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach. (949) 642-5326
also 13681 Newport Avenue, Suite 14, Tustin (714) 838-5326 keancoffee.com

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The fact that Kean Coffee in California is selling Dublin Dr. Pepper proves that Dublin Dr. Pepper violated its licensing agreement by selling beyond its distribution territory. I know its cool to attack big business as greedy, but why don't we also call out Dublin Dr. Pepper for being greedy too and violating their licensing agreement? Dr. Pepper wouldn't have had to enforce its legal rights if Dublin Dr. Pepper ten to twenty years ago didn't expand outside its distribution territory and didn't start adding 'Dublin' to the labels of Dr. Pepper products it sold.

Notice how I said Dublin Dr. pepper was doing it the products it sold because Dublin Dr. Pepper has long outsourced the Dublin Dr. Pepper it sells to the Temple plant you criticize. When Dublin Dr. Pepper shuts down, you can still buy the exact same drink because Temple is already making that exact same drink for Dublin Dr. Pepper- same ingredients, same recipe, etc... (From what I've heard of old Pepperheads who remember, the Dublin Dr. Pepper isn't exactly the original formula either).

Instead of comparing Dr. Pepper with corn fructose syrup vs Dublin Dr. Pepper with cane sugar, you should have compared Dublin Dr. Pepper that's coming out of Temple to the the ones coming out Dublin. Then, you would see that there is no difference. The reality is that the Dublin Dr. Pepper you've tasted and the ones Kean Coffee are selling are coming from the Temple plant. Dublin Dr. Pepper plant in Dublin only runs once a month, just enough to refill a small batch of bottles.

Galcos Soda Pop Stop
Galcos Soda Pop Stop

Galco's Soda in Los Angeles (Highland Park) has a few bottles left...but we are going to start boycotting all DP/S products once they are sold.


Shut up Corpo Donkey!

I would boycott your shitty product but since it sucks I already dont drink it!

Bring Back Dublin
Bring Back Dublin

DPS has culpability here. They allowed Dublin DP to do what they are doing for years. The allowed them to sell it online since 1999; enlisted their own marketing people to design the Dublin packaging;even promoted it on their own website with a link to Dublin DP. They just changed their mind when they saw potential dollars and decided to crush Dublin. DPS created the monster and we just witnessed them summarily killing it. 

And since each bottler chooses what to mix in (HFCS, Beet sugar, or Pure Cane) then Dublin could outsource to Temple and it still be a Dublin DP. Without Dublin DP Temple will now make beet sugar version          

Dr Pooper
Dr Pooper


You don't get it. This is about principles not products.

Dr Pepper Snapple just jackbooted its oldest and smallest independent bottler, placing 14 people out of work in a very small very isolated West Texas town whose future is now also in danger. Dublin, TX "aka Dr Pepper Texas" depends on tourist dollars associated with its annual Dr Pepper birthday celebration and other ties to its Dr Pepper heritage. It's an open question whether the tiny town can survive without that.

When people purchased Dublin Dr Pepper they were not just buying "original recipe" cane-sugar sweetened Dr Pepper vs "modern" corn syrup flavored Dr Pepper. They were making an emotional connection with the company's roots as well as supporting Dr Pepper's smallest, oldest independent (small town/family-owned) bottler .

Dr Pepper just flushed all that goodwill - 100+ years in the making- down the toilet.

This is another example of a large company using its muscle to pound a small business into the ground in pursuit of profits no matter how many people it hurts or what anyone - even its customers- think.

The writer of the OCWeekly article nailed it: 

Way to go, Snapple. 

"Best stuff on earth," my ass.


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