7 craft sodas? Or 7 Big Beverage vassals?

We love our weirdo regional sodas. While they may have local roots, many have joined beverage empires.

soda gallery intro hires root beer

First brewed by pharmacist Charles Hires in 1876, Hires Root Beer was introduced to the world at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Hires, the story goes, invented this particular mixture of herbs and spices on his honeymoon and then marketed the drink as a health tonic. Early advertisements promised it could "put roses in your cheeks."

Hires was ultimately sold to Crush International, which became part of Procter & Gamble (PG, Fortune 500). Today, the brand is part of Dr Pepper Snapple Group's (DPS, Fortune 500) regional soda portfolio.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 16 2013 01:09 PM ET
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