JOHNSON CITY (WATE) - There is a lot of talk about energy drinks these days, but did you know the so-called "original energy drink" is produced in East Tennessee and it has been for more than 60 years.
Tri Cities Beverage Plant Manager Dennis Williams has been making Dr. Enuf for more than 30 years. He says it is the only original energy drink.
The lemony-lime soft drink been made in Johnson City since 1949.
The old black and white newspaper ads still hang on the office walls highlighting testimonials that this isn't your average soft drink.
Williams says he's heard it's a cure-all.
"I have heard everything from upset stomach, to hangover, to cures everything!" he said.
But what really makes this soft drink so different?
"Dr Enuf is fortified with a nice menu of vitamins," said President Charles Gordon.
Gordon says those B vitamins plus pure sugar in the original formula make a big difference. In fact, he says the recipe has not changed since his grandfather bought the rights from a Chicago chemist to make Dr. Enuf in the 40's.
However, one thing has changed, and for the better.
"When I was a small kid the medicinal smell of the vitamins when you took the cap off was a bit overwhelming," Gordon told us, "Today, vitamins don't have that odor."
Nowadays the production line is far more automated. Hundreds of bottles are filled, capped, wrapped, and packaged for sale all at the same time.
Tri Cities Beverage is a contract bottler for other soft drinks as well like Olde Brooklyn Cream Soda. They also produce other favorites like Canada Dry, Cheer Wine and Snapple products.
The key at the plant is that it is a glass bottle production line, which is not as common these days.
Right now they are the only bottler of Dr. Enuf.
"We have not had other people bottle it mainly because we don't want to turn over the formula. It is under lock and key in my office," Gordon said with a grin.
Dr. Enuf is only shipped regionally, but you can find it in Cracker Barrels across the country and online.