The folks at the fabulous Powell's Sweet Shoppe have bust through the wall to take over the spot next door for an old fashioned soda store two months ago. I stopped by last weekend and was bowled over by the selection. When I asked how many sodas were stocked, no one had a sure anwer as new ones are still coming in but said there were over 200. The soda list had nearly 50 root beers on the first page, so I imagine the total count is probably even higher than that.
I was happy to see that my favorite, Sparky's, was offered. I wanted to try another brewed root beer and picked Mason from Los Angeles. It doesn't have anywhere near the depth of flavor as Sparky's. One employee suggested that I try some of the sasparillas or birch beers next, if I want that character. I had some vanilla ice cream (from Clover-Stornetta) to make a float. The menu also offers various non-alcoholic soda cocktails.