From: Jennifer Hanson, thenorthbaybay.ca staff
Can you drink Redbridge Dry?
Entrepreneur and “proud Redbridge resident” Fred Preston wants you to.
“Well, Redbridge Dry is a little ale I kinda cooked up one day,” explains Preston. “I’d say it’s got a real particular flavour that most local folks like. S’bout as ‘dry’ as a frog in April, but don’t nobody seem to mind.”
Preston explains that everything that goes into the new pop comes from inside the small township.
“The water is drawn directly from the North River using one big bastard of a tube, and the sugar I use comes from Mrs. Nesbitt down on Songis.”
“Damned if I know where she gets it from, though.”
Preston says the community has rallied behind the new soft drink.
“For the first little bit there I was making so much that I didn’t have anywhere to put it,” reveals Blanchard.
“But then old Bill down off Knox came and gave me prit’near 500 old bottles he’d been keeping underneath his house. Now we’re movin’ faster than a right scalded cat.”
Recycling and “staying green” is a big part of Redbridge Dry.
“We’re recycling old bottles and cans and jars and jugs and are giving them a good rinse when we got to,” says Preston. “You know, now that I’m thinking, the pop itself is kinda a greeny colour so that’s gotta count for something.”
Preston says “Redbridge Dry” is just one of many drinks that he’s been making, all of which are “fine as fish fur.”
Other brews now being bottled include Callander Drink, which is actually just unfiltered water from Trout Creek, and Pop-wassan, which tastes like “pure and unfiltered local gossip.”