Types of fizzy drinks include colas and other sodas, sparkling water, beer and sparkling wine. Fizzy drinks contain carbonation. They bubble when opened, releasing carbon dioxide gas. The top-selling soda or soft drink in the United States is Coca-Cola Classic as of 2015. Other popular soft drink brands include Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Diet Coke and Dr Pepper.
Sparkling water is an increasingly popular fizzy drink choice in the United States. Consumers often view sparkling water as a healthier alternative to sugary, caffeinated soft drinks. Sparkling water is available in both flavored and unflavored varieties from a number of brands, including Perrier and Sparkling Ice. Appliances such as the SodaStream give consumers the ability to make sparkling water at home and enhance the finished beverages with a variety of available flavorings.
Beer is an alcoholic carbonated beverage brewed from grains such as barley and hops. A variety of different styles of beer exist, including amber lagers, imperial porters, stouts, wheat ales and pilsners. Carbon dioxide builds up during the brewing process, giving beer its trademark fizz and frothy head.
Although sparkling wine is often called Champagne, true Champagne is created from local grapes in the Champagne region of France. The fermentation process produces bubbles of carbon dioxide that release during uncorking. Although this effervescence originally occurred by accident, it is now a trademark of Champagne.