Hillbilly Holler and other Mountain Dew generics


45 Responses to “Hillbilly Holler and other Mountain Dew generics”

  1. pishabh says:

    But only ‘the Dew’ flows through smoothly, if you know what I mean

  2. Jorpho says:

    This is even more creative than the list of Dr Pepper knockoffs.

    • Toby says:

       I lived on 2 liters of Dr. Perky in college.

    • niktemadur says:

      Speaking of which, why doesn’t Dublin Dr Pepper just start calling itself “Dublin’s Original”, or something along those lines, and goes national with its’ elixir of the gods?

  3. John Napsterista says:

    Pity the poor generic citrus drink that lacks the universal name recognition and market penetration of mighty Sun Drop®!

  4. Ummm… excuse me.. but this is NOT a list unless Ale-8-One is at the top of it.  Can’t believe it’s not there.

  5. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    Hillbilly Holler?! I needs me some.

  6. Ambiguity says:

    Hate to nitpick, but that list is horribly incomplete without the addition of the greatest citrus soda of them all: Wink!

    (But I actually haven’t seen it sense to 80′s, so if it’s still around, it problably doesn’t taste the same :( ).

  7. John Static says:

    In Michigan, we have Moon Mist.

  8. Tarliman says:

    Singapore has Kickapoo Joy Juice, just for the extra copyright violation. It’s pretty good, too.

    • devophill says:

       THAT’S the one that was missing! I knew I’d had a hillbilly-themed soda that wasn’t on the list but I couldn’t remember the name. I don’t know where it’s from but I got mine from Galco’s Soda Pop Shop. (They have a website but I’m not looking for it right now.)

    • MissCellania says:

      Kickapoo Joy Juice came out in the 60s, not long after Mountain Dew went nationwide. It was a real battle there for a while, but Mountain Dew won out. I though the Joy Juice was gone forever, but I just learned a few weeks ago that it’s still being bottled here and there.  As a kid, I preferred it to Mt. Dew because I was a Lil Abner fan, although it wasn’t much help to the company, because my parents never bought soda pop.

      • Gary61 says:

        ‘Kickapoo Joy Juice’ was the concoction made in the moonshine still in the Lil Abner comic strip, and because of the ingredients list for the juice, the still area smelled sumpin’ terrible – which is why they named it the ‘Skonk Works’ – which, of course, is where the famous ‘Skunk Works’ aeronautical division had gotten it’s name (designers of the U-2, F-117, and the fabulous SR-71).
        This endeth the lesson.

  9. Traska says:

    I’ve tried Mountain Holler and Mountain Explosion.  I still prefer Mountain Dew Throwback (but oddly, I don’t care a great deal for HFCS Mountain Dew), but my SO swears by Mountain Holler.

    • bcsizemo says:

      Throwback is excellent.  I’m also highly fond of Dew in glass bottles.  It can be hard to find, but when drunk ice cold….it’s like the nectar of the gods (IMO).

      • Donald Petersen says:

        Picked me up some MD Throwback at the Smart & Final last week, but now I’m down to my last can.  Stopped by yesterday for some more, but it was all gone.  They did have some Pepsi throwback in those cans that scream 1978 to me, but I can’t get aboard the straight-cola bus anymore, not without some added artificial “cherry” flavor.

        Now I feel like I should keep my last Throwback can for a special occasion, but it’ll probably be gone by 4:30 this afternoon.

    • I tried Moutain Explosion once. There was an explosion, all right, but not in the mountain.

  10. Billy Davis says:

    I seem to remember “White Lightnin’” from my childhood. It had hillbillies of the can. I always figured (or “figgered”) that is was a Mountain Dew knock off.

  11. Nick Fidler says:

    No Mountain Madness, or Mountain Mania? I just picked up a case of each!

  12. fredh says:

    You SAY you’ve had Mountain Rush, but that was probably just the #19 version. Now the #24 version of Mountain Rush? That makes Mt. Chill taste like Citrus Pop.

  13. bcsizemo says:

    I hate to say it but the only other citrus soda I like anywhere close to Mt. Dew was Surge.  Perhaps it had something to do with the amount of free ones they gave out in college…

  14. wileyprojects says:

    Mountain Mellow may be the laziest and best name for a generic Mt. Dew/Mellow Yellow ever.  Yellow Dew would’ve been gross.

  15. Jonathan Badger says:

    The original name of the citrus drink Mountain Dew and many of its knockoffs are referring to moonshine (illegally produced alcoholic beverages traditional to hillbillies). But why? What does citrus have to do with moonshine? As far as I know, citrus plays no role in it.

    • EH says:

      I think it’s more likely that “Mountain Dew” was a name that a lot of people already knew and so could be repurposed in an innocuous way. Cheap branding.

  16. Dolphin Bunnywolf says:

    Where is “Kickapoo Joy Juice” (a real product) in this list? Are you going to deny me my childhood memories? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickapoo_Joy_Juice

  17. penguinchris says:

    “Mountain W” is from the grocery chain Wegmans; their entire line of sodas is whatever known brand name there is with “W” put in wherever it fits (they have a bunch that aren’t the same as well-known sodas too actually; for generics they’re very good). Dr. W is my favorite. 

    The cola variants used to be “W Pop” and “Diet W Pop” etc. but now it’s just “W cola” with a bland description of each variant. The many different ways to pronounce “W Pop” amused us as children (I think we ultimately settled on “wuhpop”). Their 7-Up variety is still “W Up” so that one can still be fun to say, anyway.

  18. pjcamp says:

    Heee Haw? Is that a typo, or a sad attempt to avoid trademark infringement?

  19. I remember the house brand rip off from Eckerd Drug Store (now CVS pharmacy) was just called “Mountain.”  My friends from high schools drank cases upon cases of that before we discovered alcohol as the preferred object of mass consumption.

  20. Amy Macpherson says:

    Don’t forget “Ski” and “Squirt”!  

  21. Tim H says:

    They need to add the Korean “Mountain High” to the list.  It looked and tasted so much like Mountain Dew that I thought it was just the Korean form of the stuff, except that it was sold next to the actual Mountain Dew. 



  22. I can attest to the delicious quality of Citrus Drop, the Kroger brand knock off. 

  23. Luke Nieman says:

    In Canada, Co-operatives have the deliciously named “Mountain Mojo”

  24. yobar says:

    We used to have the Kickapoo Joy Juice until the late 70s here in central Illinois.

  25. sno says:

    What are “dental caries”?

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