Green River Syrup Line Glass
This soda was made by the Schoenhofen Brewing Co. of Chicago, IL during
prohibition then sold off after beer came back. It was then made by the
Green River Co.
Green River soda was
introduced to Midwestern drinkers in 1919, just as Congress was passing
the 18th Amendment establishing Prohibition. When Prohibition officially
went into affect on January 16, 1920, some breweries turned to making a
nonalcoholic drink call Near Beer, while others were churning out ice
cream. The Schoenhofen Edelweiss Brewing Company of Chicago turned to
Green River. The soda was poured into old beer bottles and sold in the
market. It was an immediate hit. The soft drink was so popular that Al
Jolson recorded a song written about Green River.
For a drink that's fine without a kick,