Food of the Eighties, Mountain Dew Red
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Mountain Dew Red came out around 1988 but didn't stay on the market for long. It was a red carbonated beverage that tasted terrible.
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gustovo - May 18, 2007 - Report this comment
Mountain Dew Red was "very nice" Go Meat!!
Katie - June 20, 2007 - Report this comment
Is this the precursor to Mountain Dew Code Red?
Diskoboy - June 28, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember the only place you could find Mountain Dew Red was in Alabama. Whenever we'd go down there, I'd buy a case (24 cans) of these. They quit making them in 1989. No - this did not taste like Mountain Dew: Code Red. The 2 sodas are completely different. Red tasted like Friut Punch. Code Red tastes like a Cherry-Limeade.
doo - July 02, 2007 - Report this comment
are you like relly old peeps coz im only 13 lol
Student - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Amazing what the pre-cursors are for the modern age.. makes great research material for projects.
God - November 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Yes, we're relly old peeps...
lovelymissANNA - November 27, 2007 - Report this comment
omg i wasn't around in the 80's!! i'm only 12!!(almost thirteen birthday's coming up!! yayyy!!) so i don't even know what this is. i'm just doing a project. :)
Manny Calavera - January 24, 2008 - Report this comment
the first and only one i ever bought i spilled on new white shorts after the first swallow...
Jennifer - June 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh and to think now mountain dew is coming out with different colors every summer!!
Chelsea - March 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I was 3 yrs old when this product came out but even I remember it! I was not allowed to drink pop at the time, of course, but I do remember it.
Dave - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I was a P.A. on the Mountain Dew Red Commercial. I never saw the final product, I guess because it was only sold in Alabama and I'm in California. Would love to see it sometime.
Carl - October 06, 2009 - Report this comment
This was available in 1988 for limited distribution in Alabama only. It was berry-flavored and has no connection to Mountain Dew Code Red. These cans are very rare to collectors and are normally sold for at least $100. I believe there was a diet version too.
riz - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
it taste better than the original one.
Kaley Donaldson - February 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I didnt know that mountain dew red was first mad in the 80's!!! But I guess it tastes good!!!!!!!!
Robert - March 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Loved this stuff! Couldn't belive my luck when code red came out...but alas, just not the same.
Charlie - February 13, 2014 - Report this comment
Available for a limited time in 1988 in certain parts of Alabama
Uyen - August 17, 2014 - Report this comment
might taste like fruit punch mtn dew kickstart.
Jeremy heere - May 29, 2017 - Report this comment
They need to bring it back!!! It's the only thing that can de activate the S.Q.U.I.P!!!
Rob Lambert - June 23, 2017 - Report this comment
Mountain Dew Red was as popular as Coke 2. True soda fans knew something was wrong, lasting only 5 months. Here's some Dew History, from before it gained national prominence. The "mountain" in Dew was referral to the Appalachians. Dew began in 1940, rural Tennessee, eventually moving the business to Virginia (Tip Co.) in 1958. Pepsi Co. took notice and bought all rights to the beverage in mid-1964, using a cartoon hillbilly family to promote. By 1969, there was some complaint about stereotyping mountain folks, so Pepsi retired the hillbillies and began using the words "Mountain Dew" in a psychedelic design, which caught on quickly with the youth. The design underwent about seven changes over the 48 years. By 2003, Pepsi brought back the retro, all-sugar formula in cans, with the cartoon hillbillies once again.
Rob Lambert - December 25, 2017 - Report this comment
While no one will pay a nickel for a Mountain Dew Red bottle or can, there are a few pre-Pepsi Dew bottles around. eBay has a 1956 10oz bottle for $150, from the Tri-City Beverage Co. in Johnson City, Tenn. Also, one by the TIP Company (Marion, VA) from 1961 for $70. Most of the Pepsi-made bottles sell for under $25. The first nationally televised Dew commercial, by TIP, aired in mid 1964, with Willy the Hillbilly. After the acquisition, Pepsi re-shot the ad in color, airing on "Lost In Space" in early 1966.
Fred Barnes - March 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Rob, check old Ebay auctions. Someone paid $900 for a beat-up can of Mountain Dew Red two years ago. It's up there with Mt. Dew Grape in terms of the hardest to find, most expensive collectibles.
Rob Lambert - March 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Fred: I saw that. Crazy! For a 30 year-old can, given a 1965 hillbilly can sells for $500 mint. It's also like the Billy (Carter) Beer, when a full six pack spiked to $700, now not so high.

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