For those who partook in the world famous 24 hours of chow, you have an idea of what the Filbert's "factory" is like (as, of course would anyone else who has ever found themselves thirsty on S. Ashland). For those who have not visited, it is worth a stop.
On Saturday, family scion, Ron Filbert, was manning the operation. Nothing was being bottled, but he gave the ever interesting tour. The tour really involves turning your head--here's the bottle washer, here's where its filled, here's where it's capped, etc. The best part of the tour is buying some product afterwards.
$9 bucks got us a case of mixed soda pop (wow!). 18 regular 12 ounce bottles in flavors both traditional, root beer, and modern, blue raspberry. Other favorites include cream soda, black and plain cherry, grapefruit, and family favorite Mr. Newport. The last is a lemon-lime, 7-up thing, but we jut all love drinking a pop called Mr. Newport.
Filbert's pop's are decidedly old fashioned in flavor and texture. They use real sugar so it tastes more natural, more subtle, and the flavors themselves are bold but understated, refreshing is the word. The classic, the root beer, is exactly as described in their litature, smooth. It is not a root beer where you taste very many of the roots, no strong spice elements, but it provides a sharpness that plain old coke cannot. In all, the case is a bargain.
Note, besides, the 12 ounce bottles, there are bigger bottles. For foodies, Gale Gand's root beer is also bottled here, but is not the same formula.
Filberts Pop Shop
3430 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60608