While Athens has seen a proliferation of brewing businesses, Watkinsville boasts two craft soda companies.

Paul Kooistra started New Creations Soda Works in 2015, and now, recent University of Georgia graduate Clayton Oetting has started his own company. 

Currently, Oetting’s company is called Vive Soda, but Oetting said he actually plans on rebranding soon and then renaming his company Mesca, after the natural sweetener that he developed during college. 

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