Lonely Planet review
It doesn’t get much more authentic than Avery’s . Its 30-plus flavors of sodas and seltzers are still made with 1950s technology in the original red barn where it all started back in 1904. The water is pure well and the sugar is pure cane – no high-fructose corn syrup here. Standbys like Birch Beer and Black Cherry share the stage with concoctions like Half & Half and Pineapple. If your group is at least four strong, be sure to call ahead to arrange a make-your-own-soda tour ($11.50 per group). You’ll go upstairs to the Mixing Room and create three bottles of soda to your exact flavor specifications and then watch the conveyor-belt machine downstairs add the water and CO₂ and affix the cap. Sodas are sold by the case (within which you can mix and match flavors), but there are some single bottles available for 75¢ a pop. From Hartford, drive west on I-84 for about 11 miles, and merge onto CT 72 via exit 35. Take exit 7 and turn slightly right onto Corbin Ave.