Boylan (New Jersey)
The folks at Boylan sure know the way into a Northeasterner's heart: quality, aesthetics, and history. New Jersey's 125-year-old pop pride and joy is famous for its toned-down, old-school bottles and straightforward cane sugar-sweetened flavors like black cherry, ginger ale, and root beer. Suffice it to say that a Boylan soda has never met an overstuffed sub (or hoagie, for that matter) it didn't like. The bottling champs also produce seltzers (so big right now) and a line of diet sodas far less icky than most.
Foxon Park (Connecticut)
We'll be the first to admit that birch beer, one of Foxon Park's signature flavors, is an acquired taste. It looks like seltzer, smells like Mentos, and leaves behind a distinctive, lingering pepperiness that's been known to keep more than a few drinkers at bay. But, that's all to say that birch beer is amazing and anyone who doesn't think so is a moron (JK). Pair that ish with a Pepe's white clam pizza and you are in business, son. Other Foxon Park joints include orange (a classic), strawberry, and gassosa, a dryish, Italian lemon-limer straight from Sicily (by way of East Haven).