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How the Cannonborough Beverage Company is Bringing the "Craft" Back into Craft Soda with Mick Matricciano, Brandon Wogamon and Matt Fendley

 

What happened to craft soda? What happened to using all-natural, sustainable, fresh, local ingredients? Why do soda companies create beverages with artificial ingredients and sweeteners that make you feel guilty or think twice to even drink them? This is what three friends from Charleston, South Carolina asked themselves. Mick Matricciano, Brandon Wogamon and Matt Fendley created the Cannonborough Beverage Company as a way to bring the "craft" back into craft soda using small-batch processes that combine art and science in the soda-making process.

Back in January of 2016, Matthew of the Cannonborough Beverage Company reached out to me to let me know about the new products they created. Matt let me know that they are based in Charleston, SC, and utilize craft brewing techniques to produce a shelf stable sparkling beverage, made from fresh fruits and free from artificial ingredients or preservatives. He told me that he thinks their premium quality and commitment to all-natural ingredients makes their product a great fit at specialtysodas.com. They've seen a lot of success as both an interesting non-alcoholic option, as well as a convenient mixer for craft cocktails.

Based on this interaction, I decided to learn more about the company and I liked how they were doing something different. I decided to reach out to them so they can participate on the show. They have a very interesting story and teach us what it takes to start a beverage company that truly creates "craft" soda.

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Cannonborough Beverage Company - Mick Matricciano, Brandon Wogamon and Matt Fendley

Mick Matricciano, Brandon Wogamon and Matt Fendley

Cannonborough Beverage Company

Mick Matricciano, Brandon Wogamon and Matt Fendley are the founders of the Cannonborough Beverage Company.

Cannonborough sodas are a playful combination of fresh pressed juices, hand picked herbs, and fruits at the peak of ripeness. With help from farmers across the Southeast, CannonBev's flavors are constantly evolving within the window of seasonality. For each soda, a single fruit is selected, juiced, and paired with various aromatics to add complexity. Natural sweeteners, such as cane sugar and honey, are then delicately added to achieve a crisp balance of sweetness and acidity. Free from artificial preservatives, the mixture is force carbonated, and bottled in very small batches. The result is a unique sparkling beverage as interesting as it is refreshing.

The idea for creating fresh soda from natural ingredients came together in 2011 on a quiet street at the edge of Cannonborough. Mick, Matt and Brandon all grew up drinking soda, but wondered, what would soda be like if it grew up with us? Using the training they received in Charleston’s most creative bars and kitchens, they set out to create a culinary-minded beverage by replacing artificial ingredients with fresh produce and natural sweeteners. What started as a unique gift for friends and family quickly evolved into a refined product with the help of local farmers, chefs, and bartenders.

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