Connecticut beverage company makes coronavirus soda
A lot of jokes have been circulating around about coronavirus and Corona beer, but now there really is a beverage made for COVID-19.
launched their new flavor, "Coronavirus Cocktail" this past weekend. This may seem unconventional, but General Manager Robert Metz said this is something they often do with topical news events. In years past they have put out: "Swine Flu Tonic," "So Long Osama," "Deflated Ball Brew" and last week, they created a soda for each presidential candidate.
But he did have some reservations about making Coronavirus Cocktail after a customer suggested it. "We said this one might be a little edgy even for us. We talked it over and decided to do it kind of low key and put it out there," he said.
But when two healthcare professionals came in and found the soda amusing, the company decided to post it on Facebook, and it has been a success. The post has 858 shares and over 200 comments — mostly positive.
Metz said when brainstorming the flavor, they decided to start with a lime base as an ode to Corona beer; they settled on lime, orange as the final flavor. As of now, the soda is only available at the shop in New Britain and is limited to one six pack per customer because they are currently printing the label in-house. But Metz said they have ordered labels and hope to expand availability to local shops next week.
While Coronavirus Cocktail may sound unappetizing, Avery Soda is not afraid of grossing people out. In fact, their line, which feature flavors like "Bug Barf," "Dog Drool" and "Monster Mucus," accounts for about 90 percent of their sales, said Metz. This line of sodas is inspired by the company's "make your own soda" program in which kids can come in and experiment with soda flavors. Some of the kids, said Metz, like to mix a bunch of different ones together and create a "totally gross" flavor.
But Metz said despite sounding gross, Coronavirus Cocktail won't be part of this line because it's a temporary flavor. "We hope it doesn't stick around too long."
Metz recognizes that the coronavirus soda may be "a little insensitive on some levels," but the goal is to provide a little comic relief.
"We live in a really stressful world these days, and if you can’t have a laugh every once in a while, you're just going to go crazy. We think you just need a little levity," he said. "It's definitely a serious topic and we don’t discount that, but I think everyone just needs a little break form all the seriousness."