It all started in the most vibrant and eclectic of East London homes. The iconic Passing Clouds nightclub in Dalston – a hub of spoken word, reggae, gypsy swing and everything in between – was the birthplace of, well, Dalston’s.

It was there that founder and previous chef Duncan O’Brien started mashing and blending the first bottles of Dalston’s Cola by hand in a tiny kitchen to sell at the venue as its alternative to mainstream soft drinks.

“My time as a chef really informed both how we built Dalston’s and our approach to how we make drinks,” he says. “You should find the best ingredients you can, pay a lot of attention to sourcing and then present them in the best way possible.”

The company has come a long way since those first days hand-making cola to sell at Passing Clouds and is now stocked in stores, restaurants and pubs in the UK and even further afield.

The line-up
We produce two ranges of craft sodas. Our core range is a modern twist on classic known fizzy drinks only made better. These come packed with real ingredients, contain no junk and have a 1/3rd less sugar than the mainstream.

“We’ve always used less sugar than our competitors, simply because we felt it wasn’t necessary. The food and drink industry in general adds fat, sugar and salt to mask the use of cheap ingredients. If you simply use better quality materials that are less processed, you don’t have to add as much sugar to make your product taste good.”

We recently launched a brand new range of sparkling waters, with flavours including ‘Real Squeezed Rhubarb’ and ‘Real Squeezed Elderflower’ which we like to call our Light Sodas as they don’t contain any sugar, coming in at only 20 calories per can. We’ve made these using real fruit, distilled botanicals (natural flavourings) and British sparkling spring water. They punch great flavour whilst containing a super permissible low amount of calories.

We’ll soon be announcing the launch of our Sparkling British Spring water to join the range.
It’s impossible to ignore the impact that plastic bottles are having on our planet, which is why we’ve done water in a can. It’s not only the ultimate health drink, but also refreshingly responsible. Ours is soda with soul

Contact the crew
Duncan O’Brien – founder
Dan Broughton – Co-founder and MD
Berfin Cicek – Account manager (independent trade)
Kezia Buckham – Account manager (Food Service)
Annie Morris – Head of brand and marketing