Savanna Maue: Topeka soda production company is ceasing operations

Hey all —


It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Top City Soda Pop, but this week the local soda production company broke its silence with a disappointing Facebook announcement.

Tuesday, Jan. 2, was the three-year anniversary of the fire that destroyed its downtown location, and it was on this day last week that the company announced an “indefinite production hiatus,” effective immediately.

In February 2017, one of the founders, Brian Adams, left the business, leaving Scott May in charge of operations.

I’ve checked in with May a few times in past months to see what his next moves would be, but the soda jerk was only able to say that at this point his locally produced root beer would not be available for purchase — which has been the case for more than a year now.

After the fire, Top City moved its production facility to a warehouse at Forbes Field, where previous Topeka Capital-Journal reporting stated bottling operations resumed in December 2015.

May said in his Facebook post they would be leaving things in place to possibly restart production, should that become an option in the future.

He also added via phone last week that he decided to halt operations due to personal reasons, but didn’t want to make those public. He said he hoped his customers would understand the decision, and how grateful he was for their continued support since 2014.