Anybody who’s been to Epcot’s Club Cool knows what Beverly is: A strong, bitter, some would even say foul beverage by Coca-Cola, which is said to be popular in Italy to whet one’s appetite before a meal. I developed a strange fondness for Beverly on my last couple trips actually . . . a fondness which neither my child nor my BFF can fathom.
Last fall I had an inexplicable craving for the stuff (no, I am not pregnant), and went shopping in Boston’s North End, a strong Italian neighborhood with many stores specializing in groceries imported from Italy. Beverly was nowhere to be found.
I work with a woman whose family is from Italy, and who maintains close ties there. She’d never heard of Beverly, and neither had anyone she talked to. We both searched the interwebs, she in Italian and me in English, and found nothing to indicate that Beverly’s actually distributed in Italy.
I started to wonder if perhaps Club Cool’s stretching the truth a little, and googled “beverly drink club cool hoax.” Turns out that I’m not the only one wondering about this . . . the Google cached version of Beverly’s wikipedia page includes the fact that some speculate that it’s a hoax, but Wikipedia’s been purged of that reference (here’s a link to the current, hoax-allegation-free Beverly page).
So, what gives? Anybody have evidence of Beverly actually being distributed in Italy, or anywhere else outside Future World for that matter? Inquiring minds want to know.
UPDATE 9/21/11: In episode 932 of WDW Today, Len Testa reports seeing Beverly on the shelves in Italy. Case closed.