Food of the Eighties, Tiger Red Soda
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Tiger Red was a wonderful red creme soda that came in a metallic red can with the outline of a white tiger. This was popular around the late 70's early 80's.
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Layne - July 03, 2007 - Report this comment
Tiger Red was by far my favorite soda in the late 70's. It was a little like Nehi Cream soda, but smoother. Wish it was still around.
Tiger Fan - August 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Tiger Red was my Favorite as well and I tell my kids about it all the time. I wish it was still around so that I could share it with them. Thinking about Tiger Red brings back lots of good memories about my childhood.
CHUCK - October 30, 2007 - Report this comment
OH MY GOD! I CAN'T BELIEVE ANYONE STILL REMEMBERS THIS SODA! I STILL REMEMBER HOW AWESOME THIS DRINK WAS! I TOO, STILL TELL EVERYONE HOW GREAT IT WAS AND WISH ALL THE TIME THAT IT WAS BACK. I WISH THAT SOMEONE WOULD REMAKE THIS STUFF! GLAD TO BE IN SUCH GOOD COMPANY. IF ANYONE EVER FINDS ANY OF THIS DROP ME A LINE... CHUCKCRAFT177@YAHOO.COM
Eugene - December 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I too remember Tiger Red Soda! My Father & Grandfather owned a Key Market store in southern Illinois. I can remember Dad bringing home Tiger Red in 12oz. bottle's & rotiserie chicken. Talk about two taste that I'll never forget. This was back when I was 3 years old in 1969. I'm 41 now and wish that it would be for sale, No Big Red is not Tiger Red. Its not even close!
Tom - August 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Back in the mid '70s I would go down to my grandparents farm in northeastern Kentucky. Nothing to do but play with the horses & dogs and to fish all day. After a hot summer afternoon at the farm pond fishing, my cousins and I would walk to the little 'Mom & Pop' store (named "Peco's") next door to the farm and each buy a bottle of Tiger Red. No plastic bottles then or twist-off caps. Just the cold, heavy glass bottle of refreshing Tiger Red in your hand. When you finished you always wished there was just a little bit more. We'd stash the bottles in a bush on the farm so the next time we went to Peco's we could each pick up one of the bottles and turn it in at the store for a 5 cent discount (deposit refund) on our next Tiger Red. I would easily pay $50 for a bottle now, just to take me back to 'the day' for a few blissful minutes.
kim - September 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this soda as a kid! I grew up in ky, and we loved this soda SO much! Our favorite treat was a tiger red and vanilla ice cream soda.
judi - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up in KY, too, but left in 1970 and never saw Tiger Red again. In the mid to late 60s, we'd ride our bikes down to the Key Market, and buy single bottles (in glass) on those swampy summer days. I went off it for a while after my older brother told me it would put hair on my chest ;-) but that didn't last long when no chest hair materialized! I still remember the little "bite" that followed a big swig. Good stuff.
Teddy - November 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up in southern Indiana and I have memories of tiger red pop as well. When I talk to people about it I get looked at like I am crazy. I remember it being the best thing back then and then all the sudden it being gone. I miss tiger red.
douglas from kansas - December 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this pop. Loved the picture on the can.Use to save the cans. I also remember ..upper 10... and lemon lime soda from the same era.
Pat from Ekron ky - February 16, 2009 - Report this comment
This was the first soda my brother bought me when i was old enough to remember. You might say it was one of my first memories with my brother. My brother passed away and for whatever reason it sent me on a mission to find it. I searched for over 10 years to find this elusive bottle. I had nearly given up on ever finding this bottle when one day i was telling this story and a man about my age said he had one in his closet. My eyes lit up like i had seen a ghost, i purchased this bottle from him and to this day it brings back the fondest of memories. Im so glad im not the only Tiger Red nut out there. Thank you.
Anna; Maysville, KY - March 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I was telling some of my co-workers about a red creme soda I loved as a child and could not remember the name for nothing. I did remember the tiger on the can. So, I googled it and there it was,,,,,Tiger Red!!! OMG, this was my favorite soft drink ever, and I too wish they would bring it back.
stacia - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
i too grew up in louisivlle kentucky and loved tiger red. no one knows what i am talking about. anyway, i found myself in caracas venezuela with a can of frescolita in hand. i was transported back to childhood in the kentucky. if you know anyone going to venezuela have them bring back a few cans of frescolita and see what it reminds you of
OPR - April 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Louisville, Ky 60's and 70's. Loved it I was thinking about it and googled it. That's how I got here. Loved it.
AJ - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Great to see other Tiger Red fans out there! I grew up in SW Ohio. This was in the late '60s/early '70s, and some of my earliest memories are of my folks getting this for picnic treats or other special occasions. Fantastic stuff! Indeed, if this came back, I'd be first in line for it!
Brent - June 25, 2009 - Report this comment
I never had Tiger Red but it sounds good. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get a sign with the logo above on it. I saw one hanging in a Cracker Barrel and thought it looked really neat. I do say that I thought it was older than the 1970's though.
Teresa - June 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember getting Tiger Red in a glass bottle, around 1967-1969. It seems to me the tiger image was a little more life-like, and less "tigger" than the one above, though. The closest flavor I've found to being that good, is having bought sarsaparilla root at an herbal shot, and making a tea sweetened with a couple of tablespoons of honey to 16 oz tea. Very good! No Tiger Red, though. :)
gigi - July 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I LOVE this site. I too am still a big Tiger Red fan. I asked my husband if he remembered Tiger Red and he gave me a puzzled look and said he had never heard of it. He is only 3 1/2 years older than me, so I began to wonder if I was crazy or my memory of it was imagined. But I remember it was my very favorite drink in the early 70's. I was around 9-11 years old and any time I had a pocket full of change or we had to have a drink for a field trip, I would get my can of Tiger Red! Wish it was still around. I also enjoyed Purple Passion Soda, anyone remember that from around the same time?
Lisa - July 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Same story as many others here. Grew up in Louisville, KY & loved Tiger Red. When we visited my Great-Grandfather in the country, we always stopped to get Tiger Red to take to the farm. That is where I drank my last one. Loved the tiger on the can too. Glad others have similar memories!
Robert Laughlin - August 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Estill Bryan's Grocery. A neighborhood grocery in Frankfort, Kentucky. All the little neighborhood groceries (Sweasy's, Noonan's, South Frankfort Market, Mason's, The Little Market) carried it but it was Tiger Red in the glass bottle and a frosty pop (Flav-or-Ice popsicles) - the long ones - that I will never forget. I can still recall getting it in the mid-1970s. AND I still have a can.
Toby - January 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Tiger Red must have been a regional thing. I, like many of you, grew up in Louisville and remember drinking Tiger Red. While I didn't see much difference between it and the more populsr (and still available) Big Red, I liked the product,and would get it if I could find it. I last saw it at a convenience store near Evansville in the early 80's. I quit drinking soda about a year and a half ago, but I would like to see Tiger Red make a comeback for nostalgia's sake.
Elizabeth - January 30, 2010 - Report this comment
It used to be sold at the "Wishing Well" a little store at Bass Lake in Pentwater MI back in the early 70s. Glad others remember this too!
Travis - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Some of my oldest and fondest memories are of going up to the 'Redoak Store', a little country store, with my grandpa and getting an ice-cold bottle of Tiger Red to enjoy on a hot summer day! Redoak is located between Georgetown, Russellville, and Ripley, Ohio
Walter - March 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Strawberry Crush is AWFULLY close.
Jeff - March 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Anyone remember the ad? "Tiger Red is a new drink, a sparkling red new drink, with a little tiger in it!" I had some as a kid, and although I don't specifically remember the taste, today I love Barq's Red Creme Soda.
Donna - April 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up near Grand Rapids, Mi. They had Tiger Red. I loved it. It is my favorite of all time. I was at a hospital in Grand Rapids and saw Barq's Red Creme soda in a pop machine. I tried it and its the closest to what I remember to Tiger Red. Problem is I live in TN and it is not avaiable here. I even called the Coke company here, since they own Barq's and they said they didn't make it. Dad's Red Creme soda is pretty good but it always tastes flat.
lee grider - May 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Man I wish i had some tiger red ! we were talking about old school drinks and tiger red came up ! Blast from the past
Tom - June 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Jeff, I DO remember that ad! What a relief to see so many others who remember this soda, no one I know has ever heard of it!
Lisa - June 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I lived in Louisville, KY, as a child but moved to NY in 1968. I remember how much I loved Tiger Red & was so disappointed when they didn't have it in NY. I've told my husband & my kids about it & decided to google it.... I ended up at this site! It's nice to see other people have the same fond memories! Too bad we can't get it anymore!
Pat from Kentucky - October 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember my first allowance . I used a good part of it buying tiger red soda. It was one of my sweetest memories of my childhood. as well as being the best soda.
Hat and I'm Lucky - October 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Pat from Kentucky is right says Hat who is Lucky. One of my sweetest memories from kid times.
Roger - December 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm another Louisvillian with memories of Tiger Red. Starting around 1968 I would go with my Mom, to the laundromat down the street. While we waited for the clothes to wash, she'd give me some change to walk next door to the Convenient to get a Tiger Red and some chips. I remember it was creamy, with a pretty good kick at the end.
Casper - February 09, 2011 - Report this comment
I discovered Tiger Red while playing flag football in Louisville. Probably about 1967. What a treat. I see from the other posts it must be regional to the KY area. Sure wish i could have a cold bottle on a hot summer day. I never saw it anywhere else, we only lived in Louisville a couple years. Big Red is just not the same, but when i see one in an old town cooler i will lay down my money to taste a glimmer of the past.
Dean - February 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Grew up in Clay Co. KY. In the 70's we would go to London every Sat. I would get a comic book and a Tiger Red for the 30 minute ride home. Hard to describe to someone who has never had one just how delicious this soda was. I tried all of the cream sodas back then and this was far and away the best. I remember a diffrent tiger on the bottles. I think that image is the one they changed to in the late 70's. Last time I remember seeing one was in 83.
Robbi - March 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up around Kentucky Lake. Used to buy Tiger Red at Kentucky Dam Beach,in the late 60s. I loved that beach and that soda. This brings back some great memories.
Kevin - March 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in central Kentucky in the late 60s and 70s and loved Tiger Red. A friend of my dad's had a CB in his car and although I was just a little kid he would let me play on it, as you know back then you had to have "handle" and out of respect for my preferred drink I picked Tiger Red as my CB identifier. (What a geek!) I have no idea why I thought of the stuff today, but I googled it and found this page. Amazing that so many of us liked this stuff as kids. I guess our kids will be doing internet searches for "Bug Juice" some day. I've enjoyed reading the stories, thanks for the memories.
Donald R - May 10, 2011 - Report this comment
both myself and my twin brother loved this stuff when we were growing up in the Louisville Ky. area.
Debbie G - May 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved this soda and it brings back very good memories of my child hood. I too lived in Louisville Ky. I was wondering does anyone know who made this soda I can't find it anywhere on the web. I also found a site that makes a tiger red shirt going to have to get me one of those. Very glad to see other people that remember this one of a kind tasting soda.
KennethC - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember my Aunt Shirley filling up the cooler with Tiger Red and Check Colas, piling up all of the cousins in the pack of the pick-up truck (and we managed to live in spite of this), and heading to Saddle Lake near Tell City, IN, where I grew up. What great memories!
Angie - June 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I heard they stopped making it cuz of something to do with the dye in it....Sure do miss it. Loved it and a bag of peanuts.
Angie - June 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Also I think Big Red replaced it.
Angie - June 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Also think it was made somewhere Louisville Ky . Grew up around there .
Casper - July 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Its funny that so many memories are from Louisville and that is exactly where i was when i was drinking Tiger Red in the 60's. Yes i sure would like to have one about now in this sweltering summer of 2011. I get a Big Red when while wandering now and then but its not the same. Seems like Tiger Red was lot smoother and more creme soda like. Big Red is kinda harsh. Banned for the dye someone said? I bet if you spilt Tiger Red on a crisp white t-shirt it was pink forever. :) Cheerwine is pretty good if your looking for something unique. And Dr. Pepper still works in a pinch.
Brett - August 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in central Kentucky and I recall Tiger Red very well. I found it pretty unnerving to drink as a kid - I didn't care for it coating my tongue. Always made me want to go brush my teeth afterwards.
Bill B. - October 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in Jeffersonville IN.When i was a kid my grandpa would take me to his brothers old country auction house in Austin IN.My grandpa would always buy me a Tiger Red and candy bar that looked a ruler on the package. Then he would sit up on my great uncles desk while he did his auctioning. Them were some great memories. I think Tiger Red and Grandpas whent hand and hand.
Belinda - April 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Thought Tiger Red was only made in Henderson Ky. haha! I am a fan too and would love to have one now. I grew up in the 60's and 70's went to Driskell's market with a quarter to buy a Tiger Red and box of Tid Bits every chance I got during the summer months while out of school. Thanks for the stories ....got a little teary eyed!
Gregg - May 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember drinking Tiger Red in the 70's. I grew up near Evansville IN. I saw a can on the can museuem and it stated 'packed by Royal Crown corp. St. Louis, MO'. RC's current website makes no mention of Tiger Red. So if they were the owners then the trademark brand has been abandoned. I thought it might have been made by Double Cola since they're unique to that area.
Dave - May 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Can't describe the flavor. It was like drinking. Unable gum.
Dave - May 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Should have been bubble gum. Stupid phone.
Jeff - May 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Very cool to see these comments on Tiger Red. Louisville, KY here...We used to get Tiger Red from the Frankfort Ave. Beer Depot across the street. I've been looking for it for years and even had a random conversation today with a local restaurant manager about Tiger Red...It was as if we were both transported back to our childhoods.
Steve - July 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I got Tiger Red when I visited my grandmother in the summer in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was delicious. I wish I could get Tiger Red again.
troy - August 01, 2012 - Report this comment
found an empty tiger red can in some duct work !
fphelps1s Richmond,Ky - September 24, 2012 - Report this comment
This was the BEST soda ever to me as a kid: nothing like a cold tiger red and a honey bun: sent me to high heaven. Awww those were the days in Rich_city Ky...the corner of Altamont and Big Hill.
Tammy Mills - January 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I am glad to see that I'm not crazy like everyone thought I was! I remember drinking Tiger Red and listening to Yellow Submarine when I was a child. I was born in '67 so I remember this drink! Wish it were still here.
Dennis Carby - June 30, 2013 - Report this comment
wow I rember staying at my grandmothers house when I was about 9 or ten in the 70s there was a mom and pop store across the road, for a treat she would take me there too get a Tiger red soda and a candy bar
Dar Stephenson - August 08, 2013 - Report this comment
Add northern Indiana to the list my story is like the rest head uptown to Dave & Rays and get a bottle of Tiger Red. Think of it often
Amy - September 14, 2013 - Report this comment
My husband and I are both children of 70's Louisville KY, and we both remember Tiger Red so fondly. My Grandma used to get the bottles super cold and pour it over scoops Ehrler's vanilla ice cream. Best floats ever. My husband used to take a sack of change to the Majik Market and buy a cold Tiger Red, comics and Marathon Bar. Man do we miss those days !
Tammy Meyer - December 23, 2013 - Report this comment
OH MY GOD! Me and my sister was just talking about Tiger Red. We would go over to our grandmothers house in Owenton Ky, and she would fix up a glass of it for us in one of those colored metal glasses they had back in the 70's. It would be awsome if they would bring that back. That was a great soda.
Troy Lowe - January 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew up in Columbus, Indiana and Tiger Red was my favorite creme soda. I liked Big Red and Red Lightning creme sodas, but Tiger Red was the one I prefered, and I could only find it at one gas station. It's too bad they stopped making it (and Red Lightning, which wasn't as tasty as Tiger Red but sure did have a lot of kick to it) along with many other childhood favorites.
TONY JONES - February 10, 2014 - Report this comment
FROM FRANKFORT, KY.WISH I HAD 1 NOW LOL.THEM WAS THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Carl - March 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Loved Tiger Red,it was a cherry cream soda. Big Red is strawberry cream soda, not even close in taste. Over vanilla ice cream there's nothing like it! I haven't had it since I left Jeffersontown Ky,and joined the Army in 72. I just wish they still made it.............
Joe - April 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Tiger Red in southern Ohio too. It is a shame that they don't make it any more. I used to get it at a little grocery store/post office when I was a kid out of a cooler with a sliding top. Got some Big Red recently and I guess the taste falling short reminded me of Tiger Red.
miki - June 05, 2014 - Report this comment
wow! Amy i used to go to the majik market too.. i also got a tiger red and a marathon bar..i guess i was about 6-7 years old at the time. i was shopping in a peddlers mall one day and found a tiger red bottle for 1.50. its sitting on my shelf at home. i remember feeling so safe and free at that age in our neighborhood.. my father died when i was 8 and i dont remember drinking tiger red after that.
Tracey - July 21, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember this soda. My father was from Louisville, KY and we always went back to visit his family every summer for 2 weeks. I remember walking to the corner store just to get some TIGER RED soda. This was the best soda I ever had. I sure wish it was still around.
emily - October 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Tiger red never made it into the house so I never had a tiger red-vanilla ice dream soda. Sounds great.

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