McKinlay & Sons Limited
Glace Bay, NS
CIRCA early 1900's to 1980's
McKinlay & Sons bottled various sodas over the life of the company. Where many local bottling companies sold out or got absorbed by the mutli-national behemoths in the soda world, McKinlay stayed independent until their closing in the late 1980's.
Gallon jugs of Frostie Root Beer, 26 ouncers of Lime, Orange & Cream Soda were popular. But none capture the nostalgia of McKinlay's like Iron Brew. In Scotland, there is a similarly named beverage, but it is vastly different beverage than what McKinlay's used to produce. McKinlay's Iron Brew - while not a source of iron - had a minerally flavour and was not as sweet as other drinks - at least that's how I remember it.
The McKinlay's logo above was used for generations - the Iron Brew logo above was from a bottle cap that we saw once and isn't the image that many people remember on the labels. You never know, one day we may do that logo too, but for now, the bold, strong arm logo is available.