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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/19 19:44:15 (permalink)
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Originally posted by seafarer john

...... but then, what Milwaukee brewery has turned out a decent beer of an sort in recent years?

Cheers, John

John, I welcome you to leave the cozy confines of New Palz New York and take a trip to Milwaukee. I'd be honored to take you on a tour of Milwaukee's brewery's where I'm sure I could find you a brew that would make you forget Gilded Otter!

I'm not surprised not everyone cares for Sprecher, as there still is a market for those "root beer" flavored hard candies.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/19 19:52:00 (permalink)
As a long-time Diet Soda drinker,I would go with (in order)

1. Stewarts
2. Boylans
3. Sprechers

Generally speaking, nothing beats an iced-mug A&W on a hot summer day.

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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/19 20:06:06 (permalink)
I never was lucky enough to where there was a Stewarts or Hires drive in, but we had a small (3 or 4 outlets) what I believe was local chain called B & K in Summit County, Ohio. I loved their root beer and chili dogs, especially when we would gather there after a neighborhood Little League game. One of my mom's friends still buys a couple gallons of their chili each year before they close for the winter. She freezes it in portions to enjoy at home until the spring thaw.

My favorite root beer isn't actually root beer ... it's white (clear) birch beer from Lycoming County, PA. Loads of wintergreen notes. When I visit my aunt in Williamsport I can occasionally find 2L bottles of Frozen Run but usually have to content myself with 12 packs of Weiss Market's store brand.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/19 20:20:01 (permalink)
From the store, it's Stewarts. The diet Stewarts is better than anything I've tasted in a bottle.

When I was a kid, I used to drink Richardson's Root Beer at a local drug store soda fountain. Always served in a frosty mug. The best I remember. Has anyone heard of this brand? Still around?
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/19 20:22:45 (permalink)

IBC Root Beer!

Nothing like a ice cold bottle

Goes great with a chili dog with onions! LOL
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/21 00:37:46 (permalink)
Anyone ever hear of Ricky's?

I used to get in on tap and the Los Angeles County Fair. Got it every year until maybe 10 years ago. They haven't been there since.

It was smooth, it was tasty, it was the best I've ever had and I've been searching for that same taste ever since.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/22 07:48:31 (permalink)
I used to like Dad's a lot, but haven't seen it in a while. I like stewarts, but am also very fond of birch beer.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/22 07:52:00 (permalink)
How about my grandfather's favorite while I was growing up in the early 50's: Sasaparilla.Now that's great...but very hard to find today. What's the difference from regular root beer?
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2008/03/22 09:00:00 (permalink)
Hey, in my quest to find that root beer they sell in Amish country to tell you guys about,I came across this site...Give it a look. You just might find the next great root beer! Tried any of these??

http://rootbeerbarrel.com/
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/05 09:26:08 (permalink)
It seems that new root beer brands are showing up all the time. So many people have a dream of setting up a niche product biz, and about half of them pick BBQ sauce or root beer. Locally, "Edge" root beer seems to be fading, but some other new brand has a billboard ad within a few hundred feet of the diner where Edge started. I can't even remember the name, nor have I seen it in stores.
 
The soda biz is having problems in general. Like many in my generation, I moved over to the no cal products a few years ago. I buy "real" root beer for the occasional float, and over the past few years have used the mentioned "Edge" , "IBC",  "Eli's" , the stuff made by an actual beer company in Portland , Maine, "Jones". "Hires" and "Frosty" don't seem to be around, but if they were they would just be a modern HFCS product with the old name, because the names now belong to one of the big guys. I don't buy enough of any of them to make a difference.  
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/05 12:58:55 (permalink)
I grew up on Hires root beer, but right now Stewart's is my favorite.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/05 13:32:26 (permalink)
XXX is still at the top of my list if I can find it.  I love the creaminess and vanilla undertones it has.
 
If I could find any place that served it over shaved ice...
 
 
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/05 13:53:47 (permalink)
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XXX is still at the top of my list if I can find it.  I love the creaminess and vanilla undertones it has.
 
If I could find any place that served it over shaved ice...
 
 


Not sure how far away it is from you, but Galco's likely carries it. They have a YUGE selection of soda's and root beers, as well as beer and wine. If they don't you could order it from The Root Beer Store.
 
As for mine...yikes, that's a toughy. I've tasted and reviewed quite a few. I'd have to say the stand outs are Capt'n Eli's from Shipyard, Dang! from Imperial Flavours and Squamscott from Squamscott Beverages. There are a few I just dislike, but those three are current favourites.
 
Old standby's like Dad's and Frosty's, (mentioned above) are still around, but they are a pale shadow of what they were back in their heyday.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/05 14:01:07 (permalink)
Thanks, Root-Beer Man.  I've been to Galco's.  What an impressive inventory of sodas.  I couldn't believe how many root beer options they had.  At Two bucks a "pop" I stay away!  Sorry 
 
Once in awhile I get XXX at Bev Mo but they don't always have it.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/05 18:19:33 (permalink)
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Thanks, Root-Beer Man.  I've been to Galco's.  What an impressive inventory of sodas.  I couldn't believe how many root beer options they had.  At Two bucks a "pop" I stay away!  Sorry 
 
Once in awhile I get XXX at Bev Mo but they don't always have it.


Two bucks a hit is about what I'd expect in Cali. Even back here in the midwest a premium, glass bottled, sugar sweetened soda or root beer will run you $1.25 and up, depending on the maker and how far it had to travel. I've paid $2 for some of mine and they've been worth it. I've also been burnt, now and again...so. If you've got a Cracker Barrel around you could check there for a few sodas. They've really started to carry a decent, if small selection of premiums. Rocket Fizz is also a good choice, if you've got one nearby. Candy and sodas galore.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/07 21:05:07 (permalink)
Root-Beer Man, we are getting a Rocket Fizz here soon!
If you ever get near OK, you must stop at Pops on Route 66 in Arcadia. They have dozens of root beers.
http://www.pops66.com/soda-ranch/root-beer/
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/08 00:17:44 (permalink)
I had a Rocket Fizz right next to my store.  I was so excited when it moved in.
 
Then after a few questions I learned that...  Corporate makes the choices of what goes in to the franchisee's stores and they can not add anything on their own.
 
I'm not positive but I believe corporate owns a lot of the soda labels but they also have some well known names.
 
This all occurred when I asked if they could get XXX Root Beer for me.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/11 19:56:55 (permalink)
I've never known a store that packages both excitement and disappointment so perfectly as Rocket Fizz.  I feel sorry for the unfortunate franchisees who are stuck with Judge Wapner and Snookie sodas and can't meet local customer needs.
 
As for root beer, Kutztown makes a great one.  I really like their birch beer too.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/11 20:35:15 (permalink)
The Contingent got together recently for a quick tour of southeast Wisconsin, centered mainly around Kenosha.  We visited two old fashioned drive-ins, both featuring housemade Root Beer.  Both were top notch, although very different from each other.  Big Star's version was not overly sweet, had nice carbonation, and was very refreshing.  Root Beer from The Spot was definitely sweeter, although not cloying, and had more complex flavor notes.  In retrospect, both were good; a combination of the best features of each would have been phenomenal!
 
As for a commercially available Root Beer, any of the specialty brands offers a good quality product.  I've enjoyed IBC, Stewart's, Sprecher's, Barq's (somehow taste's better when drunk out of a glass bottle while below the Mason Dixon Line) Berghoff, Boylan's, Bundaberg (who also make a great Ginger Beer, BTW), Filbert's, Fitz's, Goose Island, Hank's, Henry Weinhard's, Sioux City, and Virgil's.  All make excellent Root Beer worthy of consideration.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 10:05:28 (permalink)
For mass-produced root beer: A&W, but only at a drive-in, and only in a glass mug.
 
Berghoff's has been a favorite of mine since I was in college.  If I'm changing planes at O'Hare, I try to get to their concession and buy some.  (I'm talking about the original, not the so-called "Rowdy Root Beer.") http://berghoffbeer.com/b...hoffs-rowdy-root-beer/
 
Lakeview Drive Inn in Winona, MN, makes its own draft root beer, and it is terrific. http://www.lakeviewdriveinn.com/
 
I really enjoyed the root beer at Schilo's in San Antonio while I was drinking it, but it gave me a splitting headache.
http://schilos.com/
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 11:00:11 (permalink)
We stopped at the XXX Family Restaurant in Wadesville, IN last year on our way to the Chicago Crawl.  The root beer was fantastic, probably the best ever.  It was on tap and served in big frosted mugs.  The Hamburger Inn in Delaware, OH also has root beer on tap.  Don't know what brand it is but it's good too!
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 11:22:38 (permalink)
I'm a big fan of Saranac 1888 Root Beer from the Saranac Brewery (formerly the F.X. Matt Brewery) in Utica, NY.  A little sweet and with just a tiny bite, I've been drinking this for years since I grew up in the city next door and my Uncle Joe used to give my family a case of root beer from time to time in mini-bottles of dark glass that always seemed to taste better than anything out of a can.
 
I tried Sprecher for the first time a few years ago after finding a few places that carry it in NYC.  I think it might be a favorite root beer.  
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 12:07:54 (permalink)
Now I'm craving some root beer.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 14:12:08 (permalink)
I could go for a root beer float.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 14:35:02 (permalink)
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We stopped at the XXX Family Restaurant in Wadesville, IN last year on our way to the Chicago Crawl.  The root beer was fantastic, probably the best ever.  It was on tap and served in big frosted mugs.  The Hamburger Inn in Delaware, OH also has root beer on tap.  Don't know what brand it is but it's good too!




That's what I've been saying!  XXX is the best!
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 16:42:35 (permalink)
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We stopped at the XXX Family Restaurant in Wadesville, IN last year on our way to the Chicago Crawl.  The root beer was fantastic, probably the best ever.  It was on tap and served in big frosted mugs.  The Hamburger Inn in Delaware, OH also has root beer on tap.  Don't know what brand it is but it's good too!




That's what I've been saying!  XXX is the best!


But their burgers sucked. Wait. I take that back. They weren't that good.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 20:47:43 (permalink)
Dang! That's Good

I prefer Dang!'s cane sugar sweetened Butterscotch Root Beer, but usually consume the sugar-free version of it instead.
 
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 21:36:19 (permalink)
Love that stuff!
 
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/13 22:00:25 (permalink)
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I tried Sprecher for the first time a few years ago after finding a few places that carry it in NYC.  I think it might be a favorite root beer. 

Sprecher's just one of some pretty good root beers found here in the Midwest.  But as you seem possibly terrified of visiting the Heartland, you'll just have to take my word for it.  Or you could show up sometime.
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RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? 2016/07/14 06:53:45 (permalink)
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I grew up on Hires root beer, but right now Stewart's is my favorite.




I last saw Hires at a fountain in my college cafeteria around the turn of the millennium.  Amazing to believe that a brand such as that would be allowed to die out.
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