A fruity, ginger-flavored soft drink/pop
popular in the Upper South
that has a high amount of caffeine and a distinctive flavor. It is considered a ginger ale. Manufactured in Winchester, Kentucky, Ale-8-1 got its name as the result of a contest in the 1920s and refers to "a late one," as in those days many people drank a soft drink at night before bed to settle their stomachs. Also featured in the Cameron Crow 2005 film, Elizabethtown
. Available through the company store but only sold in the Upper South
"I couldn't get any Diet Ale-8-1 in Dayton, so I had to drive an hour to Kentucky to buy some. They only have the full-sugar version in Dayton (Ohio)."