FRESH 12oz glass bottles Green River soda with CANE SUGAR!! A true nostalgic caffeine free beverage since 1919, Green River was once a soda fountain favorite that has since been revived by a Chicago bottler. The taste is reminiscent of lollipops, with a sweet lime flavor to it. Green River dates back to the days of Prohibition in the early 1920s when breweries began to make a non-alcoholic drink called Near Beer while others made ice cream. The Schoenhofen Edelweiss Brewing Company of Chicago turned to Green River. The soda was poured into old beer bottles and sold in the market. It was an immediate hit. The soft drink was so popular that Al Jolson even recorded a song written about Green River.