Review: Pig Iron Cola

Guest reviewer and vintage soda enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.

After previously looking at Spring Grove Black Cherry Soda Pop, today we look at another glass-bottled wonder made available from our friends at Old 52 General StorePig Iron Cola.

Pig Iron Cola

Pig Iron Cola comes from the Pig Iron BBQ restaurant in Seattle. The website states, “The Pig Iron Bar-B-Q is a down home barbecue joint located South of downtown Seattle… Cozy colors, vintage and southern style décor combined with a passion for hot rods and motorcycles give the Pig Iron its own distinctive feel.” It sounds like a bit of old southern BBQ in the Great Northwest. That said, this is a beverage review, not a restaurant one, so let’s get back to the cola.

The bottle is standard glass with a black cap and a red label featuring a green-eyed pig wearing a huge snout ring. Nothing overly special, but it’s not bad. The aesthetics don’t have much for nostalgia, but it does seem to fit the look of pop from a local BBQ joint. It is a twist off cap, but I ended up using a bottle opener anyway as that was not clear after the first attempt at twisting. As a side note, the drink is actually bottled by Orca Beverage Soda Works.

The ingredient list reads as follows: “Carbonated Water, Cane Sugar, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Benzoate (A Preservative), Caffeine”

Upon opening the bottle, a clear smoke from the carbonation emerges. The color of the cola is a deep brown and doesn’t seem overly carbonated. The scent is quite understated. Upon tasting it, my first thought is that it tastes sort of like RC Cola. It combines sweet taste with a base-like aftertaste. I want to say chalkier aftertaste, but that is probably unfair.

On a scale, Pig Iron is somewhere between Coke and Pepsi as far as sweetness. As I continue to drink, I like it more, and it is fairly solid. The overall ingredients contribute to the quality of the drink, which makes the flavor hold its own, as it tastes less artificial than some sodas.

In the end, it is a good, not great cola, which I would recommend to anyone who likes cola drinks, but not necessarily one I would go out of my way to hunt down. If it is a choice between Pig Iron and most mainstream brands such as Coke or Pepsi, I would go with this Seattle-based drink. I do think that it would be better with food, perhaps BBQ or a hamburger, but it is a solid option on its own.


Old 52 General StoreFull Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Old 52 General Store