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These were little glass bottles of flavored soda. When I was little we would get them at the liquor store by the case. They had flavors like root beer, orange, creme soda, lemon-lime etc. When you were done with them you took them back to the store and got money for the bottles. A few cents but then you could get more.
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Zom - August 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Remember filling up the wooded crates with all yourr favorite flavors. Wasn't it in Waukegan, Ill.? We would actually go to the plant to see the bottles being filled. Anyone else out there remember this? (And 25ยข cheeseburgers/Little Red Hen Chicken/Chuckles Candy/Teaberry Gum)
Lindy - August 28, 2008 - Report this comment
There was a place in Milwaukee,WI in a small shopping center that my Dad took my brother, sister & I to get Glen Rock soda.I remember getting a shopping cart and putting the wood crate in it. You would walk around and pick out the flavors you wanted. Mine faves were orange, grape, and lime. I also remember occasional ones like strawberry, pineapple, and peach soda. That case would last us for months before went back to get more.
KJ - January 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember this stuff, too! We used to get it at Gungler's Liquors in Gurnee, IL. Always was fun to fill up the crate!
griz - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
We used to get our glen rock soda at the distributer in Waukegan. Then we would go to the Yankee Doodle Dandy for burgers. I also remeber the little red hen chicken in lake forest. Still probably he best fried chicken I ever had.
cb - February 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I was at lunch yesterday (in Los Angeles) and the place had various flavors of bottled soda. I was wonderfully reminded about Glen Rock Soda and told my friends about it this wonderful product. My Dad would drive us to Mundelion from Lake Bluff to get ours. Great childhood memory!! Filling up the crates with anything we wanted! And the Little Red Hen did have the best fried chicken!
Valerie - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I do remember it all. We actually lived in wildwood Ill and I think I was about 10-12 ys old. Our family had a huge party and we filled tin garbage can full of soda for our party. So many different flavors we had to choose from, Does anyone remember what size the bottles were. I think they were smaller than what we have now.
Derek - March 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Waukegan and Glen Rock was a staple at my Uncles cookouts. I liked the grape and strawberry the best. Good memories.
D - April 10, 2009 - Report this comment
No one makes lime like Glen Rock did. Let's face it, soda in a bottle was better and everyone brought the bottles back for the return. I quit drinking soda when Glen Rock stopped making it.
D - April 10, 2009 - Report this comment
they were 7oz bottles
Jenny Kelch - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I have great news for everyone!! My husband and I started a returnable glass soda bottle company in March of last year. Currently we sell the soda out of our home and at the Grayslake Farmers Market. We even have some Glen Rock bottles. I've been told the recipes we have for the soda are very close to Glen Rock. We sell singles, 6pks or by the case. Just like Glen Rock you can come on over and pick and choose whatever flavors you would like. Here are the flavors we currently have: Birch Beer, Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Cola, Cream Soda, Fruit Punch, Ginger Ale, Grape, Grapefruit-Lemon, Lemon-Lime, Lime, Orange, Root Beer, Strawberry, and Rock N Rye. At this time we only sell locally (as we need the bottles back) but if you are interested or would like more information please call (847) 543-6922. Our company name is Dynamite Springs. Thanks and I hope to hear from you!
Ginger DeBoer - July 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I went to Muellers School of Beauty in Waukegan, Il. We had a Glen Rock soda machine. My favorite was Cream Soda with a bag of salted peanuts poured right in! The sweetness of the soda and the salty of the peanuts was the Best!! Very good memories!!
Mike - July 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Glen Rock pop was a staple of many summer parties when I was a kid. There was always a keg of beer for the grownups and a metal tub full of ice and bottles of Glen Rock pop for the kids. We got ours from the Eagle supermarket in Mundelein.
Denise from Chicago - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
My uncles and parents always purchased Glen Rock for family parties especially those at the summer homes in Antioch. Creme soda and Black Cherry were my favorite. We just attended a family party and my aunts cousins and I all had a creme soda as we said it brought back memories, but we all missed the Glen Rock.
Kristin Pospisil - October 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Lake Bluff and remember my family ordering from Little Red Hen Chicken in Lake Forest. I agree the best chicken I have ever had and I now live in the south where they know a thing or two about fried chicken! We too would also get Glen Rock pop - I remember the Black Cherry and Grape flavors were my favorite. I also remember cookies at the Zion Cookie Factory? Not sure that was the name but they made the best fig/cherry/apple bars I have ever had.
Niels Mikkelsen - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
The Milwaukee Glen Rock was located at 76th and Hampton. I worked there while I was in High School 1963-1965. 5 cents/bottle deposit. This was a very popular product at that time.
Bill - December 26, 2009 - Report this comment
My Dad was good friends with the owner of Glen Rock Pop in Waukegan. We used to spend a lot of Summer Sundays at his house in Twin Lakes where we would swim all day and drink Glen Rock Pop and cook out. It was the best
Alan - December 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to live around the corner from the Glen Rock distributor in Waukegan. There wasn't a birthday party, 4th of July or family function where Glen Rock wasn't served. Ahhhh, the memories!
Becky - March 06, 2010 - Report this comment
My aunt and uncle lived in Waukegan and always had Glen Rock Pop in their refrigerator for us. All those flavors! I think the only ones I didn't care for were Rock and Rye, and Tonic Water. everything else was okay. My dad started bringing home assortments regularly, and it was always such a treat. I'm really sad that they're gone now. I wish they could have been around forever.
Sabrina - April 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in Antioch and this was one of the few pops we were allowed to drink as a kid. We would buy it a the liquor store in town which was in the shopping center on Orchard. We still had bottles in our garage until about 10 years ago. I loved the grape pop!
Lee Baird - April 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in Waukegan and played many years of baseball there...There were many years that went by where Glen Rock Pop was the treat after a game. Nothing more refreshing after a good ole' baseball game in a hot summer in Illinois than an ice cold Glen Rock Pop. Root Beer was my absolute fav...wish it was still around. I'd drive from Rockford/Belvidere area now and buy...dang shame its gone!
Gary - May 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The Glen Rock beverages that was located in Waukegan had no connection to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Glen Rock. Glen Rock was our family business until 1959 and my grandfather had a legal agreement with the Milwaukee company that their respective distribution areas would stop at the state line. There were 2 sizes of bottles - the smaller 7 oz. and a larger 26 oz. Originally, the largest customers were the picnic groves and resorts spread around the lakes areas in northeastern Illinois as well as a decent tavern business using what Dad always called "mixers". While they were still competing with the major brands and the larger bottlers from Chicago, think Canfields and Royal Crown, the varieties offered gave them an edge. The advent of the pressurized cannister delivery systems (pre-mix or post-mix)which standardized the fountain service we are all familiar with nowadays is what really did in the small independent bottlers all over the country. Ever since the sale in '59 the owners, of which there were several different ones, kept sales going by selling through local liqour stores and small marts in addition to selling out of the front door (literally), but eventually the inconvienence of having to store the empties between deliveries became too much for the smaller outlets.
Linda - June 11, 2010 - Report this comment
In response to Gary form 5/22/10 was one of the owner's name Wirtz? I seem to remember he may have been the original owner of Glen Rock Soda on Glen Rock Street in Waukegan
Matt - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Glen Rock pop was my favorite growing up in Waukegan. Every year we would have a hugh neighborhood block party in the 1970s. There was nothing better than sticking your hand in that large galvanized tub filled with ice cold water and digging to the bottom to find your favorite flavor!
Anne - July 16, 2010 - Report this comment
We always loved Glen Rock pop.. we went with our folks prob as early as 1960, we always got to pick a bottle or two we liked which was so much fun because we didnt get a lot of junk food.. for me it was Ginger ale!!! Ah the memories
Gary - July 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Responding to Linda from5/22 -- yes the original owner was Henry Woertz and my great-grandfather. When he bought the business it was one of many spring water bottlers in the Waukegan area and he added root beer was he made himself. I don't know when they began adding other flavors.
Dave - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
My uncle Gene worked at Glen Rock pop and went to school at WTHS just up the hill. I remember him taking my sister and me there (it was like a garage) and we watched in amazement at the bottling operation. One of the (very few)good memories I have of Waukegan.
Jim - July 20, 2010 - Report this comment
My fav. was the grapefruit, that's why, whenever I buy Meijer brand grapefruit or 50/50, I tell my wife about Glen Rock and how we would get it from the liquor store in Lindenhurst. Any chance of reviving the company?
Jim - August 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I have a wooden case from the Glen Rock Beverage Co, Milwaukee WI. Does anyone have information on that company, such as start up date. Date closed, I noticed one comment had it was on 76th and Hampton. Would like more information. Thank you
Betsy - August 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I lived in Great Lakes for 6 years and we would drive to Waukegan to get Glen Rock. I remember studying the different flavors trying to decide which to pick. My sister always got Cream Soda saying it was so good, but it was the last one left. We couldn't go get more until they were all gone, so I'd drink it...yuck. I remember the lime, orange and grape were my favorite.
Shari - August 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember Glen Rock as a kid in the 60's in Round Lake. No kid party or family function was complete without that tub filled with ice and pop bottles. My favorite was the grapefruit! I moved away and was sad to hear that they no longer made it. I'll have to look at Meijers to find that flavor!
Mo - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow! I loved that stuff- when did it finally go defunct? I am sad my kids never got to enjoy- the closest I have come in the flavor department is Faygo- I'm going to have to visit the Grayslake Farmer's Market to check the homemade rendition!
Cyndie Odya-Weis - September 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I am a writer from Milwaukee researching elements of history for a story on childhood in the 60's. I remember Glen Rock and am building a story around it. If you would like a finished copy (later in September or early October)I will post a link on my facebook. THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR MEMORIES!! Go Grape! Peach! FLAVORS!
MIKE SCHOLZ - September 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Hampton Shopping center 76th & hampton near the hampton state bank, the coast to coast hardware store a toy store and the drug store with the soda fountain. The mall is still there but not those stores
Tom - September 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember Glen Rock soda from all of the times like Christmas parties at grade school, and with all the other times with those wooden crates and all of those flavors from also places like at friends houses. I bet that these guys probably still could go into business selling their Glen Rock soda brand name for a Bottled Water brand.
dianne klapak-anderson - October 05, 2010 - Report this comment
i lived right on Glen Rock Ave !! while the GlenRock Pop company was actually on Washington stayed in business long enough for Glen Rock Pop to be a great childhood memory for my kids, too..thanks you guys.
dianne klapak-anderson - October 05, 2010 - Report this comment
my bad !! Glen Rock pop was on Glen Rock ave which ran into Washington st..but what did a kid know!!
DMA - October 05, 2010 - Report this comment
My bad..Glen Rock Pop was on Glen Rock Ave which ran into Washington St..
Ann - October 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I only hope somehow that the owners back in the 60-70's, or the relatives today realize how happy it made so many of us Lake County kids. Glen Rock Pop was always at our birthday parties and special events. And going to Glen Rock with a parent to get the pop was the best part! The wooden crates, picking out your own flavors, the small bottle size, the dazzling variety of colors and watching the bottling process from inside the warehouse... And everyone had their favorite flavors! (Mine was a toss up between lemonade and lime) Who would of thought that a simple bottle of pop would be so ingrained in our memories. Thanks, Glen Rock!
Danielle - October 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I really wish that Glen Rock was still available so that my daughters could enjoy it as much as I did. When I think of Glen Rock, it reminds me of going with my grandma and grandpa to a liquor store in Grayslake to pick it up for cook-outs. There was not a single cook-out or family function that did not have all the flavors of Glen Rock soda. Great memories!
Dominick - November 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I posted twice earlier. Excellent soda and better yet excellent memories. I lived in Lake County most of my younger life in Gurnee and Round Lake. Many family parties w delish. GlenRock!I miss it! Didn't know they closed down. Shame...
Bob - November 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Grew up in Waukegan, still have a couple of Glen Rock empties. Lime was good, as was grapefruit, their diet cola and cola were horrible. Great place though, wonderful memories.
Hector - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Not neccesarily about Glen Rock soda, but I am interested in interviewing some Waukegan residents that lived in the 70s for a documentary. Please contact me if you can help.
Marie - March 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow!! I am not even sure what inspired me to look up this website. I have wonderful memories of my mom driving to Glen Rock to purchase soda. She would drive her car to a garage setting and usually pick up 4 cases or more. During the 70's I believe it was about $2.80 for a case of soda. I loved the strawberry and cream soda. I will never forget my memories of the taste of Glen Rock Soda. Here in Colorado we have an abundance of mineral spring water to enjoy. Someone mentioned Yankee burgers? I loved the Dandy burger then making the little trip to Shirl's, are they still in business?
Art - July 29, 2011 - Report this comment
Shirl's is still in business .. not on Washington St. but the north end of Lewis in Waukegan and also Lewis ave. in Zion.
Martin - August 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I was born in Waukegan and my whole family is from Waukegan, but it took a buddy of mine and his family in Riverwoods to introduce me to Glen Rock pop when I was in high school in Deerfield. I worked a constrcution job at Johns Manville and used to stop twice a week to pick up a case from the bottler on Glen Rock Ave. I would drink 2 or 3 of those 7oz. bottles on the drive home. Its crazy that vintage soda pop bottles are making a resurgence. My girlfriend's 9-yr-old son collects soda bottles and is always looking for new ones he's never tried. I would buy the rights to Glen Rock pop today because Nehi, Stewarts, and Green River are flying off the shelves. I was in Eagle River, WI this past weekend and there is a whole store devoted to vintage pop. This is going to be the next big fad like cigars, microbrews, teas, and wine.
Blair - October 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi - I'm the editor of the Soda Spectrum magazine (dedicated to soda pop collectors everywhere). I'm looking for any information about Glen Rock Beverages - when the company/brand was started, when the soda division folded... and any memories that people remember about Glen Rock (Waukegan, IL). Please contact via sodaspectrum dot com.
Kanj - December 31, 2011 - Report this comment
Yep in the 70s we would go from Lake Bluff to Waukegan to fill up a case of soda from Glen Rock. I also remember the Little Red Hen--not only best chicken but best cole slaw ever. Chuckles and teaberry gum as noted by one are still available--various places like the cracker barrel and specialty stores as well as on line. Not so for the chicken or glen rock sodas.
Amy Buttera-Burton - January 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved Glen Rock pop! I grew up in Waukegan and my dad would also bring crates home and the flavors were so good. I was so sad when they stopped making it. I very fond memory of days gone by. My sister and I liked to collect the bottlecaps as they were colored the same as the pop in them:)
Patti - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
My grandfather Louis Miller owned Glen Rock Beverage (bottling company) in Milwaukee until sometime in the 60's when my dad, Daniel Miller and my uncle, Louis Miller, Jr. took over. The company went out of business in the early 70's.My Dad ran the "Consumer Outlet" store for sometime. This is where customers could take a cart and place a wooden soda case in it and then pick out the flavors of soda to purchase. There was 7 oz, 12 or maybe it was 16 oz and quart size bottles. There was many flavors to choose from, grape, cherry, creme, orange, cola, white(lemon-lime), lime, pineapple, root beer, and maybe more that I don't remember. My Dad would be thrilled to see the comments about Glen Rock Soda...Milwaukee that is!
Rob Lambert - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Responding to Patti's comment: I found several Glen Rock bottles and wood cases in antique stores in Delavan and Columbus, Wi. I'm in Racine. I'm sorry to say that while I was growing up here, I didn't see Glen Rock soda at stores such as Piggly Wiggly or Kohl's. Graf's was probably more widely distributed, and that was the only Milwaukee soda we saw and bought at these stores. Another one that floated around for ages was Black Bear, now sold at Piggly Wiggly. The crates and bottles I saw while antiquing appear to be from the 1950s and '60s.
Patti - June 17, 2012 - Report this comment
In response to Rob's comment: Glen Rock soda water was mostly distributes through the Consumer Outlet store on 76th and Hampton Ave. in Milwaukee. I believe my Dad had several distributor's around Milwaukee, some being liquor stores. I don't think he could ever get into the grocery stores. It may have been because Glen Rock was so small and could not afford the cost of shelf space in Piggy Wiggly and Kohl's. Graf's was a major competitor of Glen Rock soda. I actually found a Glen Rock Soda wooden crate at a Stein's Garden store in Green Bay, WI. The crates and bottles that you found would be from the 1950's and/or the 1960's.
Mike - July 13, 2012 - Report this comment
What were the 2 different flavors of cream soda that they had??
jeremy - August 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Thanks forthwith memories. The mundelein liquor store across from the Kmart and service merchandise plaza, was a treat to go with Dad. Wish it was still there, my son would love making the variety pack like I did. Then seeing the bottles go down into that basement via the cool wheel slide. The death of America will b found in the advent of Generica.
Shawn - August 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I found a bottle. Maybe you all can help me. It is an older bottle and very heavy. It says glen rock spring waukegan Ill. on one side and this bottle is never sold 849 on the other. I have pictures but don't know how to upload them. I wanted to know what it is worth if anything and how old is it.
Teri Moore Fitzpatrick - August 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I was born and raised in Waukegan and loved Waukegan's Glen Rock Pop! Who initially started the business? Was it Vicent Prices's grandfather, Dr. Price the inventor of flavorings and owner of candy factories, who lived on Grand Ave.?
Rob Lambert - August 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Responding to Shawn's comment: A Glen Rock pop bottle with that little detailing may be one of the oldest. The comments from Gary (the founder's great-grandson) would lead one to believe that the Waukegan bottler's roots began shortly before World War One, when Jack Benny was barely out of high school. The unfortunate truth is that Glen Rock lacked the marketing volume, popularity and prestige of a Coca-Cola or Pepsi. AWhile a Coke bottle from 1920 is worth up to $150, a Glen Rock bottle from that year may fetch ten dollars. Higher if it's full and unopened.
Shawn - August 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Thank you Rob. This bottle has nothing in it but it is very thick and heavy. I am thinking I will call glenn rock or go there since I live 3 minutes from them.
John H - August 23, 2012 - Report this comment
On the "Born and raised in Waukegan" facebook page, someone posted a picture of a bottle with the name Henry Woertz on it amongst other words. A post mid page here says that was the first owner of the Glen Rock Springs who started out by adding root beer flavoring to it.? This is an awesome page, any more info would be apreciated!
Kevin - September 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I now live in Georgia but I grew up in Lake County, IL and I was trying to explain Glen Rock soda to someone. I was one of three kids and my parents used to buy a case a week for us. As others have said the soda was sold in wooden crates and you could mix and match the flavors as you pleased. We used to get ours at the Foremost Liquor Store in Round Lake. Glen Rock was a great way to appease all three kids. Each of us were able to pick out 8 bottles in the flavors we wanted. As soon as we came home from the store my mother would take a Marker and put our initials on the soda caps. My favorites were Creme Soda, Red Creme Soda and Black Cherry. Anytime I see creme soda in the stores I think back to my days as a kid drink Glen Rock. Thanks for bringing back some happy childhood memories.
Cheryl - October 03, 2012 - Report this comment
Cream Soda by far the best.....
Janet Rioux - December 12, 2012 - Report this comment
I lived in Waukegan from 1959 through 1973. We went to the liquor store Stash's (SP?) and got a case almost every week in the summer. I remember the lime was my favorite. The good ole days. We also used to go A&W and fill up a gallon bottle of rootbeer.
george hobbs - January 13, 2013 - Report this comment
grew up in rockford,berst and only soda to drink was green river,don't get any better than that,now I have to order it special,from Chicago,sorry,
Gina - February 08, 2013 - Report this comment
I actually found this sight not because of Glen Rock - I am looking for the cole slaw recipe that Little Red Hen used to serve. Does anyone have that recipe or ever try coming close to that recipe. Best coleslaw ever!
Dave - February 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I too, grew up in Waukegan. We lived one block from the little, and I do mean little bottling plant, which was on Glen Rock, hence the name. It was a block from East campus. I loved going there. They would give a free bottle every time.
Lindy - March 15, 2013 - Report this comment
That's the one I went to.
RONNIE LUDLOW - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
James Behr - March 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Grew up on N. Park Ave; walking distance to Glen Rock. I have yet to find another brand that makes a better Ginger Ale, Creme Soda or grapefruit/lime (50/50).
Nick - April 27, 2013 - Report this comment
So glad I'm not the only one who remembers this stuff. I barely do, I was very young when they closed up shop. Grew up in nearby Wadsworth, but my parents had lived in Waukegan before I was born. This stuff was a staple in our fridge as well as our annual 4th of July parties. That's where I mainly remember it from. A cooler of beer for the adults, and a cooler of Glen Rock for the kids. I even have faint memories of going to the factory with one of my parents to return empties and pick up fresh ones. The best!
Melissa - June 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Don't know how I found this page, but glad I did. I loved Glen Rock Pop. It was at all our birthday parties, etc. I took forever to pick my flavors, but my favorite was grapefruit and black cherry. I still remember the smell in the bottling garage. Sort of like wet wood, from the crates. I so wish I had one of those wooden crates now. Such great memories. Thanks!
Michael J. - July 02, 2013 - Report this comment
What was Glen Rock's relationship to "Win's Beverage Co."? I have one old Milwaukee Glen Rock bottle, but several Win's bottles and they are very similar.
Michael J. - July 02, 2013 - Report this comment
What was Glen Rock's relationship to "Win's Beverage Co."? I have one old Milwaukee Glen Rock bottle, but several Win's bottles and they are very similar.
Mike K - July 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I also found a forgotten stash od Glen Rock and Win's Beverage Co bottles and wooden crate in my basement. Cant seem to find any info on to date or history. Can any one help?
Renee R. - July 27, 2013 - Report this comment
OH GLEN ROCK!! I am from Waukegan! and just like all the other post I can't remember a family celebration without Glen Rock!!They had the best Lemon lime soda EVER! Matter of fact I was trying to find out if they where still in business... sadly they are not :(
Mike - August 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Concerning question on Wins's. Winfred was the oldest of three brothers "sons of Louis Sr" the younger Sons were Louis Jr. and Daniel. Sr's plan at retirement in the mid to late 60's was to divide the company equally between his three Sons however there was a disbute between the brothers concerning ownership. Winfred broke away and started his own company "Wins". Louis Sr helped Winfred start his new business by working with him on the flavor development. Glen Rock Milwaukee went out of Business in the later part of 1973. Wins took over the Glen Rock sales Outlets and the bottles/cases after business ended for Glen Rock. Wins also went out of business a few years later after a fire destroyed the manufaturing plant. I am the Son of Daniel and worked at the company until it closed. Some earlier comments are from my sister Patti. I can add a little more information. We had 18 flavors, 19 if you consider a late addtion of diet Chocolate and sold in bottles sized 7,12 & 32oz. At one time there was a 16oz bottle that was sold as "Lotta Cola", this was discontinued before my time. Diet was offered in several flavors but only in the 12oz size. The diet bottles will have a "Red" band around the neck. When Cyclimates were band in the early 70's most of these bottles were destroyed due to content labeling on the bottle and replaced with the standard bottle that recieved a paper label at the neck listing the replacement sweatner Saccharin. My favorites were Black Cherry, Cream, Root Bear and Punch. I know a fair amount of the history with alot more information if anyone has some questions.
Todd - August 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked at Glen Rock for about a year, 1977 I think it was. I was the Little red headed kid who would carry your beer and Soda to your car. The Cream Soda was the best!!!!
John Kalinowski - August 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I just found a bottle with the name of Henry Woertz on it with Waukegan,Ill. First thing to come to mind was Glen Rock POP. Beacause it had 7oz on it. When I looked on the internet that was first thing that came up.
Nicki - October 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Glen Rock is truly a treasured memory from childhood. I'm currently on a quest to find anyone who has bottles and are willing to part ways. Recently bought our own pop machine and looking to bottle our own pop for our own enjoyment at home. Having them in Glen Rock bottles would just be awesome and a new memory I hope to pass down to my son. If anyone knows of any please share any info you may have.
Garry Brady - January 23, 2014 - Report this comment
Living in Waukegan I always loved Glen Rock beverages as a child and now as an adult soda collector. I love my cases of bottles with the cardboard cases!! I also came accross a vintage Glen Rock bottle opener from the 1940-50's very rare and collectable. Thanks for the childhood memories! Garry
Sheila - February 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved Glen Rock pop!!!!! So much fun picking out our flavors when I was a kid! Memories!!! :)
Tim - February 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember Glen Rock as a kid in Waukegan. Years later I took my boys to the store and while we stood around with a bewildered look on our faces the clerk says "You looking for Glen Rock Soda?" I said yes and he's we haven't made that in years. Then he says every older white dad with his kids that comes in is looking for the soda. We laughed so hard it hurt.
John - February 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I know that Glen rock started as a bottled spring water company in Waukegan during the 1800s.either John or George Powell partnered with someone's else to provide the clean drinking water from one of the springs. Public wells were available but wells often had the unpleasant suprise of something falling down it and drowning.a German immigrant named Leise took advantage of the open public wells and made ads to prime his drilled wells with pumps for peoples homes.this would have been about the time that sarsaparilla root was a popular flavoring and phosphates
Scott - March 02, 2014 - Report this comment
When we moved into our home on the chain of Lakes years ago, we found a full 24 Glen Rock cardboard holder with 24 seven oz bottles. There are 21 Glen Rock bottles (few with pattern glass), 1 plain, and 1 Twigs, and one Manhattan beverages(from RI) bottle. All the bottles are in very good shape, and the container has seen some history, but still carries all 24 bottles. In trying to find some pricing before I take them to an antique dealer, I came across this website. Is anyone aware of what this whole package might be worth?
Nicki - March 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Hi Scott, If you are truly interested in selling I'd be very interested in buying. Glen Rock was part of so many peoples childhood. It a great memory. We've been trying to collect over the past few years. If interested email:
Scott - March 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Hi Nicki, yes we would much rather they be with someone that appreciates them than collecting dust in an antique shop. We will send you an email. Thanks
Barb - May 05, 2014 - Report this comment
It was a special day (or occasion) when Dad offered a trip to Glen Rock Bottlers on the ravine on Glen Rock (the road) in Waukegan. My brother and I got to run around picking flavors to fill the case for company. Once home it got iced in a tub with block ice from the Jefferson Ice machine to prepare for the party. The empty bottles in the case were saved in the basement until out next trip. Good times and great memories!
Gary - August 08, 2014 - Report this comment
There are some people in Waukegan right now, who just started a "Glen Rock Revival" facebook page. They (The Woertz Family) are talking about starting the business back up just the way it was done before, including the small bottles (8 oz), all the same flavors, and pick your own cases. They started the facebook page to see if there was enough interest. They had been in contact with a company in New London, Wisconsin called Flavor8 Soda Pop. They make a pure cane sugar soda pop in 10 flavors (so far) that the Woertzs said tastes just like Glen Rock used to. It made them wonder if they should start the old family business back up, and if there's enough interest, they just might do it. Let them know you're interested
John - August 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Gary: I'd like to contact the Woertz Family regarding a new Glen Rock start-up, any ides who to contact...Thanks, John
Shirley - August 27, 2014 - Report this comment
When my brother was in college in the early 60s I wrapped several bottles of Glen Rock pop in foil, packaged it carefully and shipped it out to him in California. I imagine the shipping was more expensive than the pop, but his reaction was worth it!
Ryan - October 04, 2014 - Report this comment
Unfortunately Flavor 8 has gone belly up since August 2014. This is sad because I stumbled upon this article / blog and got excited about finding a soda like Glen Rock. I grew up in Waukegan as well. I actually lived two houses from the owner of the original Shirl's Drive In. Her name was Shirley Imerman. I loved Glen Rock. I live in Milwaukee now with my own family and I'm always telling them how great Waukegan used to be. Ahhh great memories.
Elsi Serna Chapa - January 20, 2015 - Report this comment
Born & raised in Waukegan. Still here but in Beach Park for the past 25 years. Have seen many changes in this great city- some good some bad but the awesome memories will forever stay in my heart! Glen Rock pop was the place to go for the best soda ever! Cream Soda was my favorite! I actually have 2 cases of the 7oz bottles- empty but I have them. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Larry Potter - May 11, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember Glen Rock from the late 50's and 60's. Mom would take us there to pick the soda we wanted. Also remember going to a restaurant in a basement ( I think ) right across (north) of the old Waukegan High School ( East campus ) called Lindy's ( I could be wrong on the name ). Mom would bring me down to the Masonic Temple on Sheridan to let them work on my legs ( treatment set up by a dear elderly lady called Ms, Wesston ) and the Mom would treat me to a hamburger at Lindy's! Anybody remember that? If so, email me at Lgpotter at gmail Thank you.
Sandy - May 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Grew up just south and it was a special treat to go and choose! There were four of us and we had to learn to negotiate! Please oh please - if you start up again, can you add a Southeast US distribution center?
Mary Bowen - May 29, 2015 - Report this comment
My sister already commented years ago but I agree with everything she said - those Glen Rock bottles were great for slumber parties and filling the wooden cases with your flavor choices was the best! Those cookies from Zion were awesome! Little Red Hen chicken from Lake Forest and Harold's Chicken Shack chicken from the South side were my all time favorite chicken. I'd love to do a taste test between the 2!! Anyone remember the Little Red Hen delivery car? I think it was a Volkswagen Bug with a chicken in a nest on top! Great memories!!
Mickey - December 31, 2015 - Report this comment
We had the same thing in Utah. It was called Pop Shoppe. We found dead ants in the strawberry soda once, and stopped buying from them. They went out of business shortly after that.
Joblotjohn - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
It's funny but I was just talking with my parents the other day, they are in their mid eighties, about my dad taking me and my sisters to the plant on Glen Rock. We weren't the wealthiest back then and this was the only pop we could get, it was very affordable. We could each pick our own flavors and watch it being bottled. Fond memories!! They must have been in business quite a while because when I married if we'd have a picnic with kids coming over my wife and I would go there and buy a couple of cases for the kids. I have a few empty bottles still today.
Johnny H - February 14, 2016 - Report this comment
Yeah, we loved it growing up, too. And I'd love to know if there's support for trying to start it up again. I'd buy a lot :D
EMT76 - March 27, 2016 - Report this comment
There is a place in Grayslake that has bottles and uses old recipes to make the pop today the post is still here with the contact information. Try looking there. We used to get cases donated to the Illinois State Police picnics at Ceder Lake Park years ago and was always good stuff. When they went out of business they gave cases of the stuff to my cousin and he had them in his basement for years until it was all gone. Really miss that pop.
Polly R - May 09, 2016 - Report this comment
Such fond memories of Glen Rock. My dad would take me to Mundelein distributor and I had so much fun picking out the flavors. Loved the root beer, cream soda, orange, and cherry. Man, I'd love one of those right now. Great for parties in the parents' basement. Ha! Just like the 70s Show.
Karen F. - June 05, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved drinking this as a kid. I hope they bring it back. I would definitely support it.
Liz P - June 06, 2016 - Report this comment
I would definately support glen Rock sodas return. We only buy soda in glass bottles and made from pure cane sugar. In the glass bottles it stays fizzy longer. We live in Mchenry.
B Brady - July 12, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved going there and picking out the flavors! Lover the LIME. As a seller on e-bay I have cases of empty bottles, Bottle caps and an opener with a three digit phone number "405"
Bill F - May 30, 2017 - Report this comment
I live in Omaha Nebraska now, but I can tell you I would make the drive back just for a couple of cases of Glen Rock Pop. In the late 60's early 70's I believe the company was owned by Robert Johnson, does anyone have any information on him?
John A. - September 02, 2017 - Report this comment
Lived in Mundelein, and when the liquor store there folded, a huge stack of empty Glen Rock bottles & cases sat abandoned in the alley for months; Glen Rock had folded the soda line years earlier. The 7 oz bottle machine was in the Waukegan store; kids could watch it run. Forget when new owners took over; asked why no more Glen Rock, and snotty manager told me "no one can make money that way". They were just beverage distributors by then...Still have a few empty cases, stacked on my old Pepsi dime machine.
James Fredenburgh - April 16, 2018 - Report this comment
my dad worked at the store on 76th & hamptom for a few yrs for the millers he took us to work with him my brother worked returns and we both helped stock went to the bottling company many times . fond memories of glen rock
Dan T. - September 16, 2018 - Report this comment
There is a soda bottler by the name of Seymour Beverages in Seymour Wisconsin that has the same soda pop that the Waukegan Glen Rock had in the 50's 60's and 70's. They have the same flavors in 7 ounce returnable bottles. It's sold at Don's Quality Market in Seymour. I bought two cases for my July 4th party and everyone agreed that it's the same soda that they remember. The caps are even the same. Apparently the company that made the flavors that Glen Rock used is still in business.
Dianne - October 07, 2018 - Report this comment
Always a favorite of my family growing up as a kid. We were lucky it was an inexpensive item we could get for birthday parties and picnics. Later when I had children of my own in the 70โ€™s Glen Rock In Waukegan was still operating. 7 Oz was perfect size for kids. My kids were also able to watch the production of bottling the soda. Great memories! Many thanks!

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