BuckSnort Soda Company, started in 2009 by Kainoa Lopez, has quickly grown into popularity across the Treasure Valley! He ended a career in the tech field doing something he wasn’t passionate about and instead decided to follow in his great-grandfather’s footstep and brew soda.
In the late 1800s in Haleiwa, Hawaii Kainoa’s great-grandfather started making sodas in the family barn on their property and selling the fresh fruit concoctions to the plantation workers at lunchtime. His company was known as Waialua Soda Works which still makes sodas today, and they’re distributed all over the US.
It was with that same passion, and a bit of inspiration from the Avett Brothers – “Decide what you want to be and go be it!” – that Kainoa took the plunge into soda-hood. His sodas are made with 100% pure cane sugar, real ingredients sourced locally, and there are no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no unpronounceable chemical preservatives, no gluten, and absolutely no high fructose corn syrup.
After a long day at his (non)office, Kainoa likes to relax with some of his famous root beer and ginger beer which he enjoys most due to their complex flavors. During these quite moments, he also dreams about loading up his VW bus with snow skis, a fly rod, a surf board, and then hitting the road.
There’s not much relaxing going on in the land of BuckSnort, however, because Kainoa has been spending most of this year focusing on canning his current sodas. In 2017 BuckSnort is coming out with a few of the old favorites again, like the Huckleberry Cream Soda, Raspberry Cream, and Marrionberry Cream Soda. There are a few other new sodas up his sleeves like an “Iron Port” which he thinks will quickly be crowd favorites.
If you’re looking to try out some BuckSnort goodness, you can find it online as well as throughout various parts of Idaho. It is located at approximately 50 draft handles throughout Southern Idaho in bars and restaurants stretching throughout the Treasure Valley, McCall, Sun Valley, Twin Falls and Stanley. Of course, you can also stop by the Saturday market and find Kainoa, as well as his newly canned root beer and ginger beer, located near the corner of 8th and Bannock in front of the Hoff Building.