From DRY Soda’s Founder and CEO Sharelle Klaus -
I love fine food paired with good wine. And I’m passionate about good health. I’m also the mother of four children and I spent my pregnancies eating beautiful meals without the complement of a paired beverage. My options were uninspiring - tea, club soda and sugary drinks that overwhelmed the taste of my food. I wanted a beverage that was better for me than super-sweet juice or soda. The inspiration struck me to create a beverage that tasted good and was better for my health, and the health of my family. And like that, the idea for DRY Soda was born.
In early 2005 I started to develop DRY Soda in my home kitchen where I spent hours educating myself on beverage creation and researching flavor profiles. I made batches and batches of soda, and my family helped me taste every one of them until we found the perfect flavors. In August 2005, with the help of a few of the Pacific Northwest’s leading chefs and award-winning designers, I launched the first DRY flavors: Lavender, Kumquat, Lemongrass and Rhubarb.
In the beginning DRY Soda was offered in the nation’s finest restaurants and then DRY expanded to retail distribution. Due to the success of the original four flavors, DRY Soda added Juniper Berry and Vanilla Bean DRY in 2008, and in early 2009 Cucumber DRY joined the line-up. In 2011 DRY introduced the newest flavor, Wild Lime DRY.
I wanted to create a soda that was less sweet, all natural and made with the best quality ingredients so that the flavors would shine through, and I’m proud that DRY Soda does just that. Each DRY flavor has a unique profile that makes DRY Soda a delicious beverage to sip on its own or pair with food. And because I developed DRY to use the minimum amount of pure cane sugar, the DRY flavors sparkle and enhance the taste of food instead of overpowering it.
The uniqueness of DRY flavors have inspired our customers to share with us their best-loved ways to drink DRY: paired with a favorite recipe, as a lunchtime refreshment, mixed with top-shelf spirits for cocktails or poured over ice cream for floats.
DRY Soda has gained national recognition as a soda that is better tasting and better for you thanks to the hard work and dedication of the DRY Team, our industry partners and our enthusiastic customers. The complete line of seven flavors is available in DRY’s Tasting Room and Company Store, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, resorts and boutiques throughout the United States and Canada.
I’m so thrilled that what started as an idea in my kitchen has become soda re-imagined - perfect for any occasion, any day.