WHY I (AND MOST TEXANS) MISS DUBLIN DR PEPPER

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In operation since 1891, the Dublin Bottling Factory only recently took its name after refusing to bow to Dr. Pepper’s insistence on the use of high fructose corn syrup.

Formerly known as the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, the factory was the first facility to mass produce Dr. Pepper soda after its 1885 invention in Waco.

For over one hundred years, the bottling plant produced relatively small batches using the drink’s original recipe involving real cane sugar. Even when the demand for the drink increased and mass-manufacturing became a necessity, the Dublin facility continued to create only small batches of glass-bottled, original recipe soda.

When the use of cheaper corn syrup ingredients began being used to manufacture the drink, the operator of the historic plant, Bill “Mr. Dr. Pepper” Kloster refused to change their ways, citing the folksy philosophy that one ought to keep “dancin’ with who brung ya.” The sugary throwback produced by the plant came to be known unofficially as, “Dublin Dr. Pepper.”

This rogue sugaring continued until 2012, until a battle with the Dr. Pepper Snapple company which could no longer brook their unwillingness to toe the line, caused the plant to lose all rights to bottle Dr. Pepper products and use the Dr. Pepper name.

Kloster had developed a museum of Dr. Pepper memorabilia and signage at the factory which was also tragically disbanded thanks to the lawsuit.

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