Good Folk.

Find out more about our Good Folk and their stories. Our Folk are Good Folk. They’ve helped us along the way. Their ideas inspire us. They are us, and we are them.

Good Folk.

Our Folk are Good Folk. They’ve helped us along the way. Their ideas inspire us. They are us, and we are them.

So we strive to be good, to stay honest to our roots and to challenge others to choose the natural, the authentic. It’s why our fans decide the flavours that we develop and bring to market. They’re part of our journey, part of us.

Brian Gravenstock

Our Soda Folk Hero, Colorado Springs Bike Mechanic Brian Gravenstock, has taken his skill and added a whole new spin: Donating finished bikes to those in need across his local community.

Brian has run Bike Clinic Too since ‘09, to support the original Bike Clinic he founded in ‘93 with friend Peter Sprunger-Froese. Bikes are donated, repaired by Brian and his team, then given to local homeless, offering them a freedom they would struggle to achieve alone.

A bike isn’t just a method of getting from one place to another. It is that ‘wind in the hair’ freedom to move swiftly, to escape urban life, to just hit the saddle and ride. Such freedoms form the roots of a healthy mind, which is why we chose Brian to grace our cans and bottles of craft Root Beer.

Here’s to you Brian!

Fred Lewis

Colorado resident Fred Lewis spent his early years in the US Air Force, becoming its boxing champ and one of a small handful to have knocked down the great Muhammad Ali.

Although ultimately losing his fight with Ali by a single point, Fred never stopped being a heavy hitter. Moving to Colorado Springs in ‘69, he established a boxing club called 3D. Those D’s stood for desire, discipline and dedication, three qualities that spread into Fred’s other calling; fighting the Lord’s fight.

Ordained as a minister in ‘75, this Preacher was never content to let the crowds flock to the church, instead taking his message on the road in the form of selected scriptures painted across the side of his pickup truck.

That’s why we chose hard-hitting Fred ‘The Preacher’ Lewis to grace our smooth Cream Soda cans and bottles.

Carrlean Chang

While the gang here are certainly busy folk, we’re nowhere near as busy as Carrlean Chang.

A longtime nurse, a mother of five, a writer and occasional voice of the voiceless, Carrlean has even played a major role in changing British law. Amazingly, she even finds time to work with charity group Heeling Soles, gathering pairs of unwanted shoes and distributing them worldwide to those in need.

Carrlean, we salute you!

Tracy duCharme

Coloradoans will remember the Lone Llama of Pikes Peak. The poor little Peruvian spent six weeks lost in the Rockies back in ‘09, surprising Cog Railway riders and worrying train conductors as well as gathering a fair amount of media attention. Thin and frostbitten as he was, the little guy toughed it out and was eventually rescued by Black Forest Llama owner, Tracy duCharme.

To succeed where Cog Railway workers and Pikes Peak Rangers had failed, Tracy and her friend Mike Shealy took two of their own llamas - Dancer and Shasta - into the wild to see if the promise of a little company would coax out the kid camelid. Their plan worked and the lost llama soon trotted over to make friends, allowing Tracy and Mike to fit a rope and halter, then lead it into their waiting trailer. Great work, guys!

Tracy, for your services to llama-kind, we dedicate our craft Cherry Soda to you.

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