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HISTORY OF HANK'S

Hanks’ Gourmet Beverages is a family business based in Philadelphia, with a history in the beverage industry that goes back over 40 years. Hank’s Root Beer was first introduced in 1995 and since then we’ve grown where you can find our product in stores in over 40 states and always online. Hank’s initial success was in the restaurant trade in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Consumer demand drove expansion into all types of accounts, from chain and upscale restaurants, to delicatessens, supermarket chains, and hotels. Hank’s offers a full line of gourmet flavor premium beverages, and is sold in over 40 states in every region of the nation.

Hank’s Gourmet Beverages are created with premium ingredients creating a richer, creamier taste sensation, appreciated by both young and old. In addition, our award winning, unique, upscale packaging is superior to other premium beverages, and sets us apart from the competition.

Hank’s has worked hard to create the ultimate in gourmet quality beverages and packaging. We are committed to providing consumers with the type of products they are looking for and are continuously working to create new, innovative, premium beverages.

OUR MISSION: At Hank’s, we want our fans to drink, eat and live well, and our partners – distributors, retailers and dining places – to be both profitable and proud to be in-business with us. We endeavor to have Hank’s everywhere, and celebrate the people – employees, partners and fans – who help us get there.

Rooted in Beer

In 1958, Frank “Hank” Salvatore founded a Philadelphia-based beer distributorship where he sold to On-Premise (bar & restaurant) accounts. These clients noted a lack of excitement over the non-alcoholic beer brands available in the early ‘90s. The family created another drink to satisfy this demand and decided on Root Beer.

Vision

Philly’s Own 3X Over Philadelphia was not only the birthplace of Root Beer, but also the home to the nation’s oldest beverage flavoring firm. Hank’s had hired a New Products genius, who convinced the family to acquire a 100-year-old recipe from a former Philly brand. Hank's was then born in 1995 and began selling locally in 1996.

Pioneers in Quality

All About Our Flavor. Hank’s emphasized Quality to compete in better bars and eateries. We packed our soda in a custom-sculpted amber bottle complete with cartouche and neck label, resembling the best premium beers. We were also the first to use real sugar and historically deep flavor profiles. Our bottle and soda flavors won awards, rave reviews and an aggressive, loyal regional following that soon spread which spurred our growth.

Focus on Fans, Foodies and Attitude

In the 90s, Hank’s was ahead of its time another way: “We were GOURMET before gourmet was cool.” This occurred as food-consciousness was exploding, and our brand added fans – not just customers, including chefs, foodies & Philly’s casual dining (cheesesteak) lovers who pulled us across the Mid-Atlantic.

Millenial Migration

Like beer, Craft Soda has become the enclave of Millennial males. In the mid-2000s, Hank’s commissioned a study that found these fans were settling in the suburbs. In 2017-2018, Hank’s shifted its distribution strategy to accelerate the Supermarket retail channel even more than casual dining. Fans found us in the Soda Aisles.

'Tis the Season for Stories

In 2019, Hank’s began adding seasonal editions and using all assets to tell our story and the results have been phenomenal.

IN THE PRESS

Hank’s is award-winning and recognized for its flavor, standing out above the rest! Check out what some in the press are saying about Hank’s beverages.

 

Atlanta Journal Constitution

If you eagerly anticipate the arrival of pumpkin spice everything each year, we’ve got one more variation that you need to try: pumpkin spice soda from Philadelphia-based Hank’s Gourmet Beverages…
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The SodaFry Craft Soda and Fry Reviews

Hank’s sent me a case of sodas in the hope that I would review their seasonal offerings. The Caramel Apple Cream soda was outstanding …[Read More]
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FROM THE PRESS

REVIEWS

“The most important thing about Hank’s is that it doesn’t make any mistakes when it comes to taste and gets better as you drink it. It’s hard to ask more from a soda.”
Five Star Soda
This (Pumpkin Spice) soda starts with the strong spice notes and then finishes smoothly with a subtle pumpkin body. Nothing about this is cloying or fake. It works, and it works well. I had my first bottle on its own, and I drank the second bottle with some good pizza. I wouldn’t discourage either approach.
Soda Fry
A favorite of hip gourmet food devotees, soda fanatics and critics at prestigious media outlets like Eater, Grub Street and the Los Angeles Times, Hank’s Root Beer is the anchor flavor in an offering that has grown to include Diet Root Beer, Orange Cream, Grape, Birch Beer, Vanilla Cream and Wishniak Black Cherry.. This line-up reinforces Hank’s authentic, quality-driven image with upscale, award-winning packaging.
BevNet
Based in Philadelphia, Hank’s pioneered the craft beverage boom with the introduction of its much-loved Hank’s Gourmet Root Beer in 1995 – a product designed to remind loyal Philadelphians of their city’s heritage as the birthplace of root beer itself.
Philly Bite Magazine

Dalton M.
Dalton M.
Sincerely better and better priced than Stewarts and Boylans
Jan H.
Jan H.
I have been searching for a good vanilla cream soda for all of my life. I’ve tried every single one that’s been put out there, and FINALLY you answered my prayers!!! Your vanilla cream soda is SO GOOD, that I shall never have to look elsewhere again!!! Extraordinarily smooth and sweet without going overboard. I can’t give you enough accolades to describe the joy I feel after now finding the PERFECT vanilla cream soda.BRAVO!!!
Elliot T.
Elliot T.
Not just an exceptional product, but remarkable ownership.I got a call from an uncle, who was handing the affairs and celebration of life for his late father, named Hank. He’d been hearing about Hank’s Rootbeer and thought it would be fitting to have Hank’s Rootbeer at the event. Being I live near Philly, and the event was out in Indiana, I told him I’d sort it out.Using Google Maps given I was in the area, I decide to swing by the actual venue of production. I end up however, not at a retailer, but at the corporate offices. I explained to Tony that I was looking to purchase retail product, and he explained that I’d need do that at any of the local distributors.Not every day someone shows up at corporate, so he asked how I ended up in his office, and I explain my goal. He pauses, and then explains given he’s about my age, that it was his father to started the company, and he as well went by ‘Hank,’ hence the name. Talk about the universe aligning!He graciously gave me the stock he had on hand, as a gift to the family, for which we are incredibly appreciative. The sodas were an absolute hit, and I got to share the story with the family, who found it fitting that things worked out that way…nobody was surprised and we all marveled at the circumstances.Thanks to Tony and the rest of the Hank’s team, we’re eternal fans!
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John S.
John S.
Tried the Black Cherry with a premium cigar today. I’m a new fan!
Daniel P.
Daniel P.
I have to stay away from sugar and your diet root beer is the best. It’s not gained popularity in my area but it will. Best I’ve ever had.
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OotsieLuvr
OotsieLuvr
Absolutely divine sodas, the orange cream and root beer are totally da bomb! 11/10
Andrew J.
Andrew J.
Tried the diet root beer for the first time at Billy Bob’s diner in West Yorkshire in the UK. I’m hooked, great taste!
B E
B E
Their birch beer and root beer taste amazing
Corrine C.
Corrine C.
Hank’s is one of the most favorable enjoyable soda beverages I’ve ever had I love the blackberry . You have to try it for yourself five stars
Pawprint1
Pawprint1
Never went to the place my self and instead bought the soda from the store and they make one of the best sodas I’ve ever tasted in my life time.
Andrew
Andrew
Best soda I ever tasted on my tongue.
Larry S.
Larry S.
I’ve loved root beer all my life!! Came across hanks at a local ice cream shop when I got a float and hands down the best root beer I’ve EVER HAD!! Keep up the great work
Stephen B.
Stephen B.
Being a rootbeer fan it is probably the best I have ever tried.
Sam C.
Sam C.
Robyn J.
Robyn J.
Hank’s Black Cherry is “Bomb Diggity”, a delicious treat!! We buy them at Apple Market in Clever Mo.
Kelly Lockner M.
Kelly Lockner M.
The Vanilla Cream Soda is so unbelievably good!! They have excellent customer service and quick shipping too.
Joy Gilbert S.
Joy Gilbert S.
😃 I have tried a few flavors and they were all good. I LOVE THE BIRCH BEER! I can’t get it at home in metro Atlanta, but I try to get it here in Philadelphia. Tony from home office was able get me a site to purchase in bulk to take home. many thanks to Tony
J. K. S.
J. K. S.
I LOVE THE BIRCH BEER! I can’t get it at home in metro Atlanta, but I try to get it here in Philadelphia. Tony from home office was able get me a site to purchase in bulk to take home
Mike O.
Mike O.
First time I have seen or heard of hanks. Great tasting rootbeer. South Florida
Tom B.
Tom B.
Caramel Apple Cream , Happy Holidays
Karen D.
Karen D.
Black cherry was fantastic
Jan G.
Jan G.
best hands down!! you seriously can’t go wrong with this line either! got one just to try it and now I have to try them all. they are so good
William L.
William L.
Taste it and see. Their Cream Soda is Awesome too!
Kevin R.
Kevin R.
Love their Black Cherry Soda!!
Edward H.
Edward H.
I love the root beer and the black cherry soda and always tastes fresher in a glass bottle
John P.
John P.
Had a great experience with Hank’s. Their root beer is excellent – and my kids would mainline the grape if they could.

Gonna try the birch beer next. I highly recommend their products!
Scott C.
Scott C.
Hank Absolutely loves this stuff!
O S.
O S.
I stopped too quickly with some root beer in my car, and it spilled. So, I figured I’d ask if they’d comp me one. They were incredibly kind and are sending me a new bottle of root beer! Highly highly recommend!!
Lee B.
Lee B.
best root beer in existence
beats stewarts
beats A&W
just really hard to find
Tom P.
Tom P.
Really Enjoyed the Root Beer. Keep up the great sodas Hank’s! Please see my review: https://www.vintagesodacollector.com/vsc-sodareviews/hanks-rootbeer
Kristina M.
Kristina M.
We love bringing this delicious taste of home to Indy! #hoagiesandhops
Colin P.
Colin P.
Had the root beer at Ultrazone laser tag in Bensalem. Good stuff.
Pam Phelps H.
Pam Phelps H.
Hank’ s root beer is amazing, and the company is awsome. Thank you for your great tasting products. ps best root beer floats ever 🙂
Michelle C.
Michelle C.
MOST DEFINITELY! The smoothest Vanilla Cream Soda I have ever had in my life! We need you in Sinton, Tx… or at least Corpus Christi, Tx!
Kris L.
Kris L.
Alex A.
Alex A.
Discovered Hank’s at Rocket Fizz, and have to say that this is a really smooth, refreshing beverage. Between the Orange Cream Soda, and the Black Cherry, I always enjoy the taste that comes from glorious glass bottles.

We have gotten a lot of our friends drinking Hank’s, and we all enjoy it. Looking forward to getting a chance to try the Grape Soda.
Bee L.
Bee L.
Kirsten J F.
Kirsten J F.
I was drinking Snapple for 25 plus yrs found your Hanks Orange Creme several yrs ago, guess it took while to come to my town lol, must have every wk, why do all our stores not carry it, can only find at Lowe’s Foods. Nothing can come close to this flavor, yumm
Carol L.
Carol L.
Dana Scott W.
Dana Scott W.
Had this root beer in Glen Rose Texas. Best I have ever tasted. It would be great if Bucees stocked it.
Emily B.
Emily B.
Thanks to Bill at Hank’s for coming through for my son’s rehearsal dinner. We received our shipment today! We love Hank’s!!
Matthew C.
Matthew C.
Great root beer! Wish it were easier to get in North Carolina.
Brent T. M.
Brent T. M.
Guy R. E.
Guy R. E.
Before Food Lion left Florida. I tried Banks Root Beer far and away the best i have ever had. No no stors in Jacksonills Florida crrrd it. Iwsh Pubi orWnn Dixis crrrd it. Grest suff.
Joseph P.
Joseph P.
I’m a diabetic so you know I’m limited to things to drink , I mean a man can only drink so much water and plain tea.. but the diet root beer taste awesome!!!! Love the glass bottles!
Jesus B.
Jesus B.
My favorite, black cherry, love it. Get it as much as I can.
Mitchell Ryan L.
Mitchell Ryan L.
Rochelle D.
Rochelle D.
I live in Australia so American soda isn’t that commonplace aside from Dr Pepper, A&W and Mountain Dew, saw this in a Night Owl store and bought the flavours, Vanilla Cream, Root Beer and Black Cherry. (Yet to try those) but the Vanilla Cream is so good. Smooth creamy and a nice vanilla taste but not overpowering like a good old fashioned creaming soda. Yum!!!
Laura T.
Laura T.
Had a bottle of the diet root beer at the Red Rabbit drive in. I kept checking the label. Hard to believe it is diet! awesome tasting, no after taste!
Will H.
Will H.
Mat R.
Mat R.
Wayne T.
Wayne T.
Bill P.
Bill P.
Michelle S.
Michelle S.
LeeAnn H.
LeeAnn H.
Couldn’t believe how much I actually like thsee drinks! At first you think, what am I doing! But then your back buying 4 or 5 packs to take and hide from everbody, ( but u share taste with all you buddies! Thanks so much HANK’S!
Francisco S.
Francisco S.
And looks delicious you guys need to try good luck
Trisha P.
Trisha P.
Heather L.
Heather L.
From the Black Cherry to the Root beer, I love them all!
David P.
David P.
Here in Richmond, KY
Love the orange cream soda, Simply the Best
Matt S.
Matt S.
Casey P.
Casey P.
Best root beer ever! I love that i have found a place that carries it locally here in Monroe, GA!
Carrie P.
Carrie P.
Joseph D.
Joseph D.
BEST VANILLA CREAM SODA I’VE EVER TASTED. MUST. HAVE. MORE….but I live in SoCal. So sad. :'(
Pam R.
Pam R.
Jonathan L.
Jonathan L.
Casey A.
Casey A.
The smoothest, creamiest sodas I have ever had. I must, and WILL have more.
James H.
James H.
Corey D.
Corey D.
Best soda ever 🙂
Linda S.
Linda S.
Always loved the root beer. Got a chance to sample other flavors at the show this weekend. Love cream and black cherry!! And you are local!! Will be trying more!!!
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