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Handcrafted Soda made from fresh and natural ingredients, proudly sourced from the Southern Appalachian mountains.
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The Early Days...Simple and Sweet

Like most of you, we strive to lead a more natural and simple lifestyle. We buy organic milk, use phosphate free soaps, and purchase fresh, local produce. When it came to sodas, we found our natural AND local options to be lacking and limited, so early in 2013 we started making our own. Our first syrup was made from wild wine berries (picked from our own backyard), cane sugar, and water from the unrivaled headwaters of Haywood County. 

Soda syrups...made simple.  Sugar, water, fruit, and love.
Soda syrups...made simple. Sugar, water, fruit, and love.

 After a warm reception from friends and family, and with an ever present entrepreneurial mindset, we decided to bring our local & natural soda to the public. In May of 2013 we debuted Waynesville Soda Jerks at the Haywood Historic Farmer's Market in Waynesville, NC. We spent the season engaging the local economy, both as a producer and purchaser, and the response was overwhelming. 

The Freshest Ingredients - Hand Mixed to Order
The Freshest Ingredients - Hand Mixed to Order

By hand-mixing, and tasting, each and every soda we have served, we really got to know the market go-ers... not to mention their palates!  With much encouragement from our customers and the greater community, we have been steadily moving forward with our idea. 

"The Jerks" at the Haywood Historic Farmer's Market in Waynesville, NC. One Blackberry-Serrano Pepper (extra spicy for this gentleman!)
"The Jerks" at the Haywood Historic Farmer's Market in Waynesville, NC. One Blackberry-Serrano Pepper (extra spicy for this gentleman!)

The Source...Mouth Tingling Flavor!

We pride ourselves on sourcing and utilizing the freshest  Appalachian ingredients possible. We support Western North Carolina farmers and, in turn, our local economy by purchasing  ingredients with sustainability and freshness in mind.   

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Want to see more? Click here!

Western North Carolina has a rich and storied culture of world class agriculture. Why would we have grapes shipped from Argentina when we have the juiciest and most flavorful Concord  grapes just miles down the road?

 Local = Fresh = Optimum Flavor!

Waynesville Soda Jerks is a "Buy Haywood" certified project. Learn more about that program HERE.
Waynesville Soda Jerks is a "Buy Haywood" certified project. Learn more about that program HERE.

How Your Contribution Will Help

As a certified Department of Agriculture Home Processor, we have reached our limit of production (our 1,000 sq ft. apartment is becoming a tricky place to make all of this soda!).  Your contributions and support will help us outfit our office with a commercial kitchen suitable for our new bottling ventures.  We will  upgrade our equipment, explore new sweeteners and flavors and have our product tested by the North Carolina State University Food Testing Lab (for nutritional and shelf-life information).  This funding will also help us further develop our farmer's market presence, as well as streamline the process of making our sodas. We love mixing every soda we serve by hand, but it is not the most efficient or consistent method. 

Draft Soda and Kegging

  • Kegs & Lines
  • Taps 
  • CO2 Equipment (Because what is soda without the bubbles?)

Bottling Operations 

  • Manual Bottle Filler (Just as we make our soda by hand...we will bottle by hand too. Every bottle will be full of flavor, love, and hard work!)
  • Manual Bottle Capper
  • Glass Bottles and Metal Caps
  • Bottle Racks
  • Labels
  • 4-pack Bottle Carriers
  • Product Testing

Food Inventory

  • Local  Fresh Fruits & Herbs (Organic as much as possible)
  • Dry Goods (cane sugar, dried herbs, spices)
  • Alternative Sweeteners (No, we won't make diet! Diet=Chemicals! We are working hard to explore alternative sweeteners such as Honey, Molasses, and Agave Nectar)

Equipment Upgrades

  • Refrigeration and Freezer Units (So we can keep those sweet summer berries fresh and ready for soda year-round)
  • Juicers and Fruit Presses (To squeeze every last drop of local deliciousness)
  • Ice Machine
  • Water Filtration System
  • Commercial Sinks
  • Stock Pots 
  • Syrup Storage

Branding and Design Development

  • Website Design
  • Draft Tap Design
  • Logo Upgrades (We want your t-shirts to be as awesome as you are!)
  • Bottle Label Design
  • Merchandise Design

Jerks in the News!

The Mountaineer- "The 'Jerks' are here to stay!"

Smoky Mountain News- "Haywood Soda Company Aims to Change Palettes"

The Mountaineer- "Waynesville Soda Jerks Bring Artisan Soda to Market"

Yes! Magazine- "Appalachia's New Local Food Economy"  -Infographic below

Our Blackberry Serrano Pepper is turning heads! Spicy and oh so sweet.
Our Blackberry Serrano Pepper is turning heads! Spicy and oh so sweet.

 A VERY Big "Thank You!" to Liza Becker and DoGood Social for capturing "The Jerks" in their natural habitat. 

All photos courtesy: Liza Becker Photography.

Risks and challenges

Challenges could arise with the inspections process for our commercial kitchen, however we have a long-standing relationship with the county health inspector.
Product testing could take an unspecified amount of time depending on the demand of the NC State Food Lab at our time of submission.

More than any other challenge, time has been the most difficult resource for us. At this time, we are both full-time students, as well as maintaining part-time employment, running Waynesville Soda Jerks and assisting in the reopening of The Strand at 38 Main, a historic local theater. We are the only two "Jerks" currently, but hopefully that will change after our project gets the Kickstart it needs!

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    SODA SUBSCRIPTION! Social Media Shout Out. / Handmade Thank You Card / 1 Limited Batch Waynesville Soda Jerks Sticker / 1 First Edition Waynesville Soda Jerks Bumper Sticker / 2 Waynesville Soda Jerks Original Design Photo Magnets (styles may vary) / 1 Kickstarter Exclusive and Limited Batch Waynesville Soda Jerks T-shirt / Soda SUBSCRIPTION! You will receive a quarterly delivery of four-packs of Waynesville Soda Jerks' finest flavors. (one year subscription of four 4-packs; flavors will vary; no special requests, please; subscription gift option available).

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    IT'S PARTY TIME! - Great for Birthdays or Special Occasions. We, "The Jerks", will come to YOUR private party or function to serve our Handcrafted Sodas for up to 20 guests within a 50 mile radius of Waynesville, NC. (for a greater distance or head count, please contact us directly -- we'll see what we can do!)

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    LET'S WORK TOGETHER! A Collaboration Opportunity.
    Would you personally, or your food service business, like to have your own unique Soda recipe? Here's your chance! Work with us, "The Jerks", to develop a recipe to work with your palate, to mix up in your favorite cocktail or pair with your best-selling dish. If you can dream it, you can drink it!
    (includes online/telephone consultation or in-person collaboration, distance up to "The Jerks" discretion; a four-pack of your very own Soda Concoction; recipe card) (additional purchasing options subject to secondary agreement)

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    IT'S PARTY TIME! Great for Birthdays or Special Occasions. We, "The Jerks", will come to YOUR private party or function to serve our Handcrafted Sodas for up to 50 guests within a 100 mile radius of Waynesville, NC. (for a greater distance or head count, please contact us directly -- we'll see what we can do!)

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    THE GRAND REWARD!!! Great for sharing with a friend (or a Jerk)!
    $1000 Reward Tier + 10 Limited Batch Waynesville Soda Jerks Stickers / 2 First Edition Waynesville Soda Jerks Bumper Stickers / 10 Waynesville Soda Jerks Original Design Photo Magnets (styles may vary) / 2 branded Waynesville Soda Jerks reusable 20oz. mugs / 2 Kickstarter exclusive and limited batch Waynesville Soda Jerks T-shirts / Soda SUBSCRIPTION! You will receive quarterly deliveries of TWO four-packs of Waynesville Soda Jerks' finest flavors. (2 one-year subscriptions of four 4-packs = EIGHT 4-packs; flavors will vary; no special requests, please; subscription gifting option available).

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