Review: GUS – Grown-Up Soda

July 22, 2008 · 12 comments · Print This Post

in Beverages, Products, Reviews

Gus SodaCK works from home now. I’ll give you a moment to digest that. Believe me I’m jealous on a daily basis as I drag myself out the door and he happily waves goodbye from the comfort of his Herman Miller Mirra chair in the new home office (formerly our guest bedroom). His new work day does have some perks. For example I can now ask him to fetch things at Whole Foods on an almost daily basis. Last week he filled our fridge with soda pop though.

I’m very anti calories in beverages that don’t come “shaken or stirred” so I was a little annoyed at this new caloric clutter, but than I figured “what the heck” and opened a bottle. I was quite surprised to discover that it was outstanding! “Grown-Up Soda” or “Gus” as its name has affectionately been shortened to is 100% natural and not super sweet like so many other sodas and colas. In fact Gus is actually sweetened with natural cane sugar. It’s also kosher and doesn’t contain preservatives or caffeine and at only 90 – 98 calories in each 12oz. bottle you wont completely ruin those morning runs if you occasionally treat yourself. And believe me, you’re going to want to indulge.

So far I’ve fallen in love with the Ginger Ale (I may never buy Schweppes again) and CK is gaga over the Dry Cola. The Cranberry Lime is probably my second favorite choice since it tastes like a Cosmo minus the vodka. Note to self: try with booze! There are other flavors too such as Dry Pomegranate, Meyer Lemon, and Crimson Grape. Ready to sample this soda for yourself? To find out where you can buy Gus in your area please check out the Grown-Up Soda map.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patti July 22, 2008 at 7:40 am

Erin, Izze is another excellent grown up soda. My favoritess are the pink grapefruit and the blackberry.


2 Cze-Johnson Carrie July 22, 2008 at 9:59 am

hmph! never had them.

I love ginger ale. looks like they are carried in Charlotte’s Fresh Market Stores.

Thanks for the recommendation!


3 Lys July 22, 2008 at 11:33 am

I’ve tried Izze – they are at Fresh Market down here. Will have to check on the Gus – esp. if there is a cosmo sans vodka version 🙂

Thanks Erin!


4 Susie July 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm

mmmm may have to try!


5 michelle @ TNS July 22, 2008 at 2:42 pm

another gus fan here, i like it a lot more than izze. because i’m childish, the grape is actually my favorite. yum.


6 geeky July 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Ohhh, I want to try these, but the closest place that carries them is an hour away 🙁 Living in a small town really sucks sometimes!


7 EB July 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Oh I love those! True to it’s logo… they aren’t too sweet. When I am in the mood for something a little sweeter (or to add to something shaken or stirred) Izze is right on the money.


8 Lermadell July 22, 2008 at 11:24 pm

have you tried Dry Soda? Kumquat, lavender, rhubarb (my favorite) and lemongrass, even fewer calories than gus or izze.


9 Julia July 23, 2008 at 4:54 pm

This is so up my alley, I have to get some. And that pink grapefruit stuff that someone mentioned sounds great!

This so reminds me of something…I am reallly dating myself here but does anyone remember “early” snapple? (I’m talking mid 1980’s). They had this stuff called “tru root beer” see link …

It was clear!. It tasted exactly like root beer, just minues the carmel coloring. I loved that stuff, wonder if you can still get it.


10 Rachelle ~ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" July 24, 2008 at 1:38 am

OOh I love ginger ale. I just looked and it says they sell it in my town, I’ll have to check Sprouts and see! 🙂


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