Friday, June 1, 2007

Grab Bag Friday: Capt'n Eli's Strawberry Pop

I have been known to make my husband drive to 5 different grocery stores and gas stations looking for *deelicious* Maine-made Capt'n Eli's Root Beer, which is about as good as root beer gets. So last weekend when we went over to Bootleggers (a new beverage shop in the area) and they featured the new line of Capt'n Eli's Soda Pops, I simply had to bring some home.

We tried two kinds: lemon-lime, and strawberry. I originally set out to write this post telling you how absolutely tasty the Strawberry Pop is (and it *is* tasty). But in doing so, I went over to the Capt'n Eli's website (where you *can* order soda online) and was taken entirely by surprise. This is not your ordinary soda pop website.

Artist Jay Piscopo has created an entire online comic book universe called The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli. Here's a blurb from the site:
This on-going story revives the spirit of the daily adventure comic strip by updating classic themes for a new audience. The stories bring back the feeling of childhood adventure when comics were a nickel, you could buy root beer floats at the neighborhood drug store, and your imagination could propel you anywhere.
The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli is definitely in the style of old classic comics like Super Friends and Jonny Quest. Personally, these aren't my favorite kinds of comics to read, but the whole thing is pretty cool, and it makes me like Capt'n Eli's even more.

Other unexpected things you can do on the site:
  • Learn about how submarines work
  • Learn how to tie a bowline knot
  • Play Capt'n Eli online games (only most of the games don't least not on my computer)
Back to the soda pop:

BeverageNet has a recent review of Capt'n Eli's Blueberry Soda, which I was unfortunately too skeptical to try. I'll have to go pick some up this weekend since they gave it 4.5 stars!

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