Pop Culture's 'Farm to Bottle' Artisan Sodas are made with fresh pressed fruit from organic or Non GMO farms. No concentrates! No HFCS! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on April 20, 2012.
About this project
Join 'The Natural Evolution of Soda!'™
Why can't soda be made with real fruit!? Five years ago we set out to merge our two passions, sparkling bubbles, and fresh picked fruit. While in pursuit of the perfect beverage, we found that the quality and flavors of conventional fruit based sodas were clouded by blended concentrates, juice fillers, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. We wanted a product that tasted like fresh, raw fruit! Imagine that!
Of course, we can make it ourselves! Like all entrepreneurs, we figured 'how hard could it be?' Working together in our kitchen, after months and months of very messy experimentation, we created the best tasting sodas we could have imagined, came up with the name Pop Culture®, and set out to figure out a way to bring our farm to bottle artisan creation to market. Working with a food production engineer and a food scientist, we created a unique, scalable production process that allows us to capture that fresh fruit flavor in each bottle.
Timing is everything! As they say, if it were easy, everyone would do it. The demand for Pop Culture is growing rapidly here on the Central Coast of California and we have very little product left to sell. The one bottler here in CA that can produce Pop Culture Artisan Sodas is closing for the spring for 3-6 months to move to a new, larger facility. This is great news for us down the road but today, it means we have to raise the $150,000 to meet the bottlers minimums or we miss an entire summer and fall of pure sparkling refreshment!
(the Pop Culture patent-pending 1x4 linear 4-pack carrier...creates space on the shelves and looks totally bad ass!)
The Pop Culture® "Farm to Bottle" approach: Pop Culture uses raw fruit to create it's beverages! This approach allows Pop Culture to do what no other soda company has done before... product tracking from the "Farm to Bottle". Our fruit comes from farms right here in California, Oregon, and Washington where some of the best fruit in world is grown. Pop Culture purchase fruit only from farms that are certified organic and/or grow certified Non-GMO fruit. We strongly oppose genetic modification of our food.
What's up with all the concentrates? Concentrate too hard and you'll forget where you came from! Soda's today are a far cry from yesteryear. "Where's the blueberry in the blueberry soda and why is there White Grape Juice concentrate in a grapefruit soda? What's a Natural Flavor anyway?" We asked ourselves the same questions? Virtually every juice based soda on the market today is made from concentrates and extracts and, in our opinion, the use of these concentrates yields a fairly bland, homogenous tasting beverage. Ingredients like Apple and White Grape Juice Concentrate are inexpensive, deflavorized juice "fillers" used to up the juice content of the beverage, add sugar, and take up space. That's all.
(our shout out to vinyl lovers everywhere)
- What artisan soda flavors are you launching? The possibilities are literally endless but Pop Culture fresh pressed: Grapefruit, Strawberry, Tangerine, and Ginger Pear.
- Shipping Costs: We understand shipping is expensive and, if we could, we'd deliver every case to your door by hand, give you a big hug, and say "Thank YOU!" But... we can't! So please, thank you for considering the shipping costs with every pledge reward. Your consideration ensures Pop Culture's success! You're awesome!
- I'm local... Can I pick up my order? Sure! We'd love it! Please send us an e-mail indicating that you would like to "Pick Up" at our warehouse in Buellton and we'll schedule a time that works for both of us! Thanks!
When will my credit card be charged? How can I tell you mine is a gift?
On April 19th, the project will close. At that time, Kickstarter will charge your credit card and send you a request for additional information, including your address, payment clarifications, and gift information.
- How is Pop Culture organized?: Our company is a registered corporation in the State of California, Holo Holo LLC dba: Pop Culture Beverage Company.
- Reward #11 What is the "JimiChanga"? Back in our youth in Fairfield County, Connecticut, there was a little taco shack on Route 1 in Westport called "Tacos or What." They paid homage to the guitar god Hendrix with the deep fried, belly bomb of choice the "JimiChanga." So good! This one's for you Dad!
(a mess only a father would love during our second production run)
(fresh-press blueberry juice... absolutely beautiful aromatics)
(we can say something cheesy here like "True Loves" and it would all be true)
WARNING! - These images were created to support the visually inclined backer, they are not a literal representation of the reward. Please see the reward descriptions on the right for complete details. Thank you!
$12 - 3 PACK OF STICKERS!
$27 - CHICO BAG
$30 - T-SHIRT -Organic Cotton of course!
$36 - 1 CASE OF SODA
$45 - SET OF 2 GLASSES - Spiegelau Crystal with the Pop Culture Logo
$50 - DAN STILES POSTER - Limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist and Pop Culture founders. To view a gallery of Dan's work please check out www.danstiles.com
$55 - ETCHED & HANDPAINTED 4 PACK - IMAGE COMING SOON!
$69 - 1 CASE OF SODA + 1 T-SHIRT + 1 STICKER PACK
$115 - 4 CASES OF SODA - Flavor combination of your choice! Please see description for shipping options..
$135 - THE WHOLE KIT & CABOODLE! Please see reward description for shipping details
$179 - 4 CASES OF SODA + 2 T-SHIRTS Please see reward description for shipping details
$325 - 12 CASES OF SODA - Flavor combination of your choice! Please see description for shipping options.
$410 - 20 CASE LOCAL BUSINESS SPECIAL! - ANY COMBINATION OF FLAVORS! Perfect for the tasting room, market, caterer, restaurant or deli. Pre-order Pop Culture's artisan beverages and we will warehouse and deliver to you for FREE! Santa Barbara County, CA only.
$610- 20 CASE OUT OF AREA BUSINESS SPECIAL! Any combination of flavors! We will warehouse and deliver to you upon request. Available to CA, NV & AZ businesses. Please see reward summary for details.
$775 - 40 CASES OF SODA LOCAL BUSINESS SUPER SPECIAL! Any combination of flavors! Perfect for the tasting room, market, caterer, restaurant or deli. Pre-order Pop Culture's artisan beverages and we will warehouse and deliver to you for FREE! Santa Barbara County, CA only.
$1,175 - 40 CASES OF SODA OUT OF AREA BUSINESS SUPER SPECIAL! Any combination of flavors! Perfect for the tasting room, market, caterer, restaurant or deli. Pre-order Pop Culture's artisan beverages and we will warehouse and deliver to you upon request. Available to CA, NV & AZ businesses. Please see reward summary for details.
$5,000 - VINTAGE VENDING MACHINE - IMAGE COMING SOON!
We are incredibly grateful to our family and friends whom have continually gone beyond the call of duty to support our family and this dream we call Pop Culture. From childcare to slicing ginger, from acupuncture to picking strawberry seeds late at night out of the fruit press, we literally could not have done this without you. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts and know you have soda coming your way. -Drew & Elske
Film: Russell Shannon of www.lavideostudio.com Thank you Russell! The video came out great!
Music: Bear Erickson of www.ericksonsoundlabs.com Wherever you channel your incredible music from, please take us there!
Networking & Structured Mayhem: Gabe, Gary, & Shaun at www.santaynezvalleywineclub.com. You guys fell from the sky and helped bring this project together faster and more efficiently than we could have imagined. Thanks again!
Designers: Peninah Kelman One of the most phenomenal designers and an incredible friend that brought to life our logo.
Stephanie Croff of www.croffcreative.com Where did you come from and why are we so blessed to have you in our lives? Thank you for all your patience, dedication, and keen eye presiding over modern day Pop Culture. Your work is beautiful!
Advisors: Hunt, Jim, Charlie, and Peter.... When you couldn't possibly have wanted to field another random phone call from us about logistics, design, sales strategy, and entertain another crazy idea like... fresh fruit soda, you believed in us and helped keep the entrepreneurial fires burning. Thank you!
Special Thanks: Chris Larson, Whit Latimer, Justen Annunziato, Peter & Rebecca Work, The Dragonette Family, Frank Ostini, Gray Hartley, Richard & Thekla Sanford, Todd Woloson, Felix Fisher, Josh Geffon, The Saarloos Family, Barry McGeough, Diana Wilson, Michael Dubrow, Baba & Christophe, and Mom & Dad. Thank you for all you've done for us and Pop Culture.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pop Culture custom sticker pack. Three stickers to slap on your water bottle, rear window, or on your favorite toll booth change basket (but please... don't cover the Andre the Giant stickers). Made in the USA. Shipping included.Estimated delivery:
Pop Culture Chico Bag: Be the envy of the farmer's market with this functional eco-fashion statement! This Pop Culture logo Chico Bag made with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles is a stylish, durable, and fully washable tote. Accessorize from the market to the office and back again. Printed in California, USA. Domestic shipping included.Estimated delivery:
Organic Cotton T Shirt: The Official (and we mean official) Pop Culture Organic Cotton T-Shirt. Yes, for all those tired of paying fifty dollars for a t-shirt at your last concert, this beauty is in rainbows and down to Earth. Both Mens & Ladies Ts available. Made in California, USA.Estimated delivery:
One Case of Pop Culture Soda: Experience the Bubbles of Joy by receiving 1 case (12, 12 oz bottles) of the most delicious, sexy, and refreshingly tantalizing beverage your mouth has ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Was there really Life before carbonation? Please specify flavor. Made in California, USA.
Shipping- Pacific & Mtn Regions: Add $15/case.
Central & Eastern Regions: Add $25/case.
(International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
Set of 2 Pop Culture Logo Glasses: Whether on your face or in your hands, glasses are a statement. These 15.5oz beauties are made by the worlds oldest glass manufacture Spiegelau. These finely crafted, short-stemmed pilsners, feature a bulbous bowl enhancing the elegant (yet not so serious) side of your favorite Pop Culture. Pour the whole 12oz soda with room for head. The perfect compliment for the Pop Culture Aficionado. Made in Germany. Branded in California, USA. Domestic shipping included.Estimated delivery:
3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)
Limited Edition Pop Culture Silkscreened Poster: Pop Culture is honored to be working with artist and designer Dan Stiles of Portland, Oregon, for our first commemorative poster. These limited edition, silk screened posters are signed and numbered by the artist and founders Elske and Andrew. Dan's signature style is seen on rock posters from The Black Keys to Modest Mouse. Domestic shipping included. International, please e-mail for shipping costs. www.danstiles.comEstimated delivery:
2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)
Etched & Hand Painted 4 Pack of Pop Culture Soda: Commemorate the rebirth of the soda industry with these limited edition, etched, and hand painted Pop Culture soda bottles. One four pack of your flavor of choice or mix it up. Each pack will be numbered & signed by the Founders. Etched & hand painted by our friends at J.Wilson Studio in Solvang, CA. Made in California USA. Domestic shipping, all regions: Add $10. (International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
One Case of Pop Culture Soda, One Organic Cotton T Shirt plus Sticker Pack: Why traverse the globe thirsty, naked, in need of bubbly joy when there's a choice! The best of both worlds is before you: 1 case of Pop Culture Artisan Soda (your choice of flavor), one limited edition Pop Culture Organic Cotton T , and Pop Culture Sticker Pack.. Never be thirsty for your Naked Lunch again! Made in California USA. Shipping- Pacific & Mtn Regions: Add $15/case. Central & Eastern Regions: Add $25/case. (International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
Four Cases of Pop Culture Soda: Lets call it like it is... Four Cases of Pop Culture Artisan Soda with your choice of flavor. Plain and simple. No frills, no bull, no qualifiers... just Pure, Refreshing, Fresh Pressed LOVE delivered to your door. Made in California, USA. Shipping- Pacific & Mtn Regions: Add $15/case. Central & Eastern Regions: Add $25/case. (International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
The Whole Kit & Caboodle! The Whole Enchilada! The Whole JimiChanga!
One Case of Pop Culture, One Set of Logo Glasses, One T-Shirt, One Canvas Bag, and One Sticker Pack. Need we say more? Oh yes we will! It's a fully loaded club sandwich with the perfect pickle on the side... the full moon rising over a Manhattan skyline with Sinatra singing to you and your lover... blessed be the Reward that has it all! Embrace the plethora of goodness! Made in the USA & Germany. Shipping- Pacific & Mtn Regions: Add $20/case. Central & Eastern Regions: Add $30/case. (International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
Four Cases of Pop Culture Soda, Two "Official" T-Shirts: Use The Force and be the masters of your own destiny with four cases of Pop Culture (your choice of flavors) and his & hers Pop Culture Organic Cotton T shirts. Remember, you don't have to always wear them the same day like matching ski suits rather, select a day of the week to compromise... Made in California, USA. Shipping- Pacific & Mtn Regions: Add $15/case. Central & Eastern Regions: Add $25/case. (International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
12 Cases of Pop Culture Soda (1 case/month for one year!) The best deal for the Pop Culture lovin,' Kickstarter supportin', Reward driven fan. We will ship one case each month for a year, your flavor of choice, to your home or office sealed in a blanket of love and gratitude. You will instantly be regarded as the coolest kid on the block with bragging rights for years to come!
Please note payment options: Choice 1:
12 cases of soda & all shipping costs for a year charged at once. Choice 2: 12 Cases of soda & the shipping costs for only ONE case (month 1) charged at time of purchase. Subsequent shipping costs will be charged on a credit card on a monthly basis. Shipping- Pacific & Mtn Regions: Add $15/case. Central & Eastern Regions: Add $25/case. (International: Please contact for shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
20 Cases of Pop Culture Soda: LOCAL BUSINESS SPECIAL!! Available only at Kickstarter! We're offering 20 cases (any combination of flavors) at a special wholesale price. This opportunity is available only to businesses (or local soda connoisseurs) within Santa Barbara County, CA. FREE SHIPPING & we'll warehouse & deliver it direct when you need it! Warehousing available for 6 months.Estimated delivery:
20 Cases of Pop Culture Soda: OUT OF AREA BUSINESS SPECIAL!! And we mean business! Only available at Kickstarter, we're offering 20 cases (any combination of flavors) at a special wholesale price. This opportunity is available only to businesses (or crazy soda lovers) within CA, NV, and AZ and is a terrific way to prepay for your soda and support the Culture! We'll warehouse & ship it direct when you need it! Shipping Included! Warehousing available for 6 months.Estimated delivery:
40 Cases of Pop Culture Soda: LOCAL BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION SUPER SPECIAL!! Available only at Kickstarter! We're offering 40 cases (any combination of flavors) at a very special wholesale price. This opportunity is available only to businesses (or soda freaks) within Santa Barbara County, CA. Your business or organization will receive FREE SHIPPING & we'll warehouse & deliver it direct when you need it! Warehousing available for 12 months... but you won't need it!!Estimated delivery:
40 Cases of Pop Culture Soda: OUT OF AREA BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION SUPER SPECIAL!! Available only at Kickstarter! We're offering 40 cases (any combination of flavors) at a very special wholesale price. This opportunity is available only to CA, NV, and AZ businesses, organizations, or complete Pop Culture soda freaks. We'll warehouse & ship it direct when you need it! Shipping Included! Warehousing available for 12 months... but you won't need it!!Estimated delivery:
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Vintage Vending Machine: Yeats, Neruda, Whitman, and Dickinson would all struggle to find words describing the absolute beauty that encapsulates, cradles,and frigidly protects the worlds most perfect beverage. Bubbles of Joy! Bubbles of Enlightenment! Bubbles of Bliss! This beautifully restored and modernized retro vending machine for glass bottles is a show piece and an absolute money maker. Features fully emblazoned Pop Culture logos, glass door, new energy efficient refrigeration unit, and holds approximately 96 bottles. Unit comes fully stocked with Pop Culture Artisan Sodas. Please contact first, before placing order, for further details, shipping information, and delivery date.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)