Eight-year-old Haley Oellerman played with the cap from her long-necked bottle of cream soda, waiting with her parents to tour the U.S. Capitol.
Her drink is a little taste of home, from Fitz's vintage bottling works in St. Louis. Oellerman lives in nearby Defiance, Mo.
It's a tradition in Washington to offer goodies made back home - think Ronald Reagan, passing Jelly Belly jelly beans to Cabinet members. Visitors to Washington can get chocolate from California, Pennsylvania peanut chews and even New York-brewed beer when they call on their members of Congress.
For Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, who stocks the Fitz's in his glass-fronted fridge, nostalgia is part of the fun.
"Cream soda - doesn't that bring back memories? Cream soda on a summer afternoon. Fried chicken and cream soda, I'll tell you," Talent said in an interview.