A number of reports on the web indicate that Canada Dry is about to cease production of Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda.
I realize there is younger generation of people who think the idea of a celery seed-flavored soda sounds really disgusting. But one needs to understand the context in which you are drinking it to truly appreciate it. The soda has been in existence since 1869, so clearly its become an important fixture of the Jewish-American collective consciousness, irregardless of whether you like it or not.
Cel-Ray is the perfect, most traditional pairing to a Pastrami on Rye. Cel-Ray is somewhat like a ginger ale in flavor profile, but it has this sort of herbal note combined with heavy carbonation that is absolutely ESSENTIAL because it is used as a palate cleanser when you belch after washing down that big, fatty sandwich. And unless you are a complete schlemiel, you aren't going to pay $13 at Katz's Deli in the Lower East Side for a hand-sliced pastrami sandwich and not ask for the "juicy" cut either, so the Cel-Ray is a foregone conclusion. It's sweet without being too sweet like a cola or a fruit soda drink, and does its job well, which is to get the fatty flavor out of your mouth and to expel the gases out of your gut. The two other Dr. Brown's flavors — Black Cherry and Cream — while good, are too sweet and aren't as heavily carbonated. They are better suited to a hot dog and knish or something else.
They thought the Warsaw ghetto uprising was bad.
Wait until they have to explain this at Katz's or the Carnegie. Mass hysteria. They'll need to bring out the riot gear in Boca Raton to keep the retirement communities from burning down the entire state of Florida.