Dr. Brown's was created in 1869 when Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda was commonly sold in New York delicatessens. This soda was originally developed by a doctor who treated immigrant children in New York. The seltzer that helped these children contained celery seeds and sugar. Dr. Brown's has been sold as a bottled soda since 1886.
In the early 1930s, before Coca-Cola received kosher certification, many Jewish people drank Cel-Ray soda as well as the other flavored soda that had been created by Dr. Brown. In the last 25 years, the cans were redesigned by Herb Lubalin. Each of the six Dr. Brown's flavors is packaged with a New York vignette taken from old prints, to emphasize the brand's origins in 1800s New York.
In 2013, J & R Bottling transferred the bottling rights to LA Bottleworks. The bottling of the product will continue to be produced at the same facility. As of 2014, Dr Brown's is produced by PepsiCo in their New York City bottling plant.
Dr. Brown's soda is typically sold in 12-ounce cans and in one-liter and plastic bottles as well as two-liters in Black Cherry, Cream, and Root Beer flavors. Dr. Brown's soda is also available in a 6 pack of 12 ounce glass bottles.