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John In Seattle

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Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 4:27 PM (permalink)


What - in your opinion - is the best tasting root beer either in the store or at a stand?

On a road trip, I always look for an old school A&W root beer stand – you know, the old ones that still bring your food out to your car window, and serve the root beer in glass mugs – the best!

Recently, on a drive near Seattle, we found this place called XXX Root Beer: http://www.triplexrootbeer.com/

It had some of the best root beer I have ever had.

Now, store root beers - that is another story - I like Barq’s, but I am still looking for something as good as a stand.

 
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    jettababs

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    RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 4:28 PM (permalink)
    Glass mug in the car--Mug 'n' Bun in Indianapolis. Store root beer--Barq's. Goes really well with muffalettas.
     
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      seatown76

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      RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 4:36 PM (permalink)
      I grew up on A & W but lately since I live in Wisconsin now I love either Sprecher's or Point root beer. When I was younger I also really enjoyed Dad's Old Fashioned (I think Coke used to distribute it)
       
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        leethebard

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        RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 4:46 PM (permalink)
        Go to Lancaster PA, and try some of the homemade rootbeers there. Many Amish sell from stands near their driveways and barns!!
         
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          mayor al

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          RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 4:46 PM (permalink)

          I have been spoiled by drinking Sprechers Root Beer (From Milwaukee) since introduced to it a year ago.

          Dad's, in bottles is available at WalMart and Supermarkets in the area and is good, but not in the same league as the Nectar obtained from Wisconsin.
           
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            nicolem

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            RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 4:55 PM (permalink)
            I used to love going to the Stewart's Rootbeer stand as a child. Also my grandfather made great rootbeer in his basement. I really haven't had a good rootbeer in a while.


            Nicolem
             
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              pjshapiro

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              RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 5:00 PM (permalink)
              Best I ever had was Henry Weinhard's, from a West Coast brewery. It has a draft-style head out of the bottle, like a Guinness. Despite the non-natural ingredients (normally a red flag), it tastes like you just brewed it up in the kitchen.

              Virgil's is darn good as well. And available in many grocery stores, at least on the east coast.
               
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                chewingthefat

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                RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 5:06 PM (permalink)
                Old Dominion Draft, Route 66, Boylans, Bull Dog
                 
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                  russ2304

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                  RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 5:23 PM (permalink)
                  One word-----FROSTY-------------

                  Nuff Said
                   
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                    stricken_detective

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                    RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 5:34 PM (permalink)
                    Sprechers.
                     
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                      seatown76

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                      RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 5:48 PM (permalink)
                      Hey there John I grew up about an hour out of Seattle in a tiny town named Port Orchard.
                       
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                        seatown76

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                        RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 5:49 PM (permalink)
                        Oh I forgot one that I only come across at some local diners. It's called 1919 rootbeer.
                         
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                          Russ Jackson

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                          RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Mon, 03/17/08 6:21 PM (permalink)
                          Culvers is pretty good. Dogs and Suds is excellent when making a float...Russ
                           
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                            Oneiron339

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                            RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Tue, 03/18/08 7:27 AM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


                            I have been spoiled by drinking Sprechers Root Beer (From Milwaukee) since introduced to it a year ago.

                            Dad's, in bottles is available at WalMart and Supermarkets in the area and is good, but not in the same league as the Nectar obtained from Wisconsin.

                            I'll second this from Al. Sprecher's is the best I've had.
                             
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                              johnreed

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                              RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Tue, 03/18/08 7:36 AM (permalink)
                              Virgil's is the best I've ever tasted. Rich, smooth, spicy.

                              http://www.virgils.com/about.shtml
                               
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                                MilwFoodlovers

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                                RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Tue, 03/18/08 8:31 AM (permalink)
                                Forced to drink diet out of necessity, I found Diet Blumer's to taste as good as any root beer I remember. Blumers in made in Monroe Wisconsin with the label stating The Jos. Huber Brewing Company.
                                 
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                                  Fieldthistle

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                                  RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Tue, 03/18/08 2:30 PM (permalink)
                                  Hello All,
                                  While I never enjoyed root beer to it's proper extent, my
                                  father loved it. He lived for a time in Pennsylvania in his
                                  youth where he discovered it's joy. He never spoke of specific
                                  labels, but we knew he loved it.
                                  Growing up, all we had to chose was Hire's Root Beer, and
                                  my father was have one often. Later, he switched brands to
                                  Frosty's.
                                  Thanks for this thread...it just rekindled another memory
                                  of my Poppa and reminded me of how unique he was.
                                  Take Care,
                                  Fieldthistle
                                   
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                                    brittneal

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                                    RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 4:31 AM (permalink)
                                    Whatadog! North of Dayton on Rt 4 (at the southern edge of New Carlisle). Some of the best chili dogs and burgers ever. Top of the list is the homemade rootbeer. Brewed daily amd served in a frosted mug. They are so serious about the rootbeer that if they run out of mugs they offer a free 24oz glass!
                                     
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                                      Jimeats

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                                      RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 6:21 AM (permalink)
                                      Root Beer my second choice of soft drinks, Moxie is #1 but hard to find in most spots.
                                      I like that Virgil's stuff. It's avalible at Trader Joe's, good price and no HFCS.
                                      I have noticed some "designer" type root beers entering the market here at a heafty price. I recently purchased a 12oz. bottle from Maine for the sum of $2.50 it was good, but a fool and his money. The name escapes me, I'd certainly drink it again but not at that price. Chow Jim
                                       
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                                        myterry2

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                                        RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 6:29 AM (permalink)
                                        A&W and Dog N Suds....in the frosty mugs.
                                         
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                                          mr chips

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                                          RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 7:18 AM (permalink)
                                          Crater Lake Root beer in Portland is made with cane sugar and is especially tasty. Son Sam is quite a root beer aficianado and loves the craft root beers here in the northwest.
                                           
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                                            John In Seattle

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                                            RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 1:52 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by mr chips

                                            Crater Lake Root beer in Portland is made with cane sugar and is especially tasty. Son Sam is quite a root beer aficianado and loves the craft root beers here in the northwest.


                                            Thanks for the info, Mr. Chips. Being in the PNW (Pacific North West), I will have to keep an eye out for Crater Lake Root Beer on my next road trip.

                                            I did a search for Crater Lake Root Beer, and found this interesting site rating many different root beers:


                                            http://www.lukecole.com/Root%20Beer/lukes_root_beer_home.htm
                                             
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                                              Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                              RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 2:11 PM (permalink)
                                              specialty store: fitz's root beer, St. Louis
                                              store bought: Stewart's
                                               
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                                                jimsock9

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                                                RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 2:13 PM (permalink)
                                                .......another vote for Barq's here! Especially fountain Barq's.
                                                 
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                                                  leethebard

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                                                  RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 2:38 PM (permalink)
                                                  Good old fashioned A&W at an A&W roadside stand....with vanilla ice cream as a float!
                                                   
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                                                    Hillbilly

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                                                    RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 6:03 PM (permalink)
                                                    Sprecher's it is. Especially as served on their Saturday morning brewery tours. And the cream soda and orange cream are equally outstanding.
                                                     
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                                                      seafarer john

                                                      RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 6:30 PM (permalink)
                                                      I tremble to disagree with my friends Hillbilly and Oneiron, but I had an opportunity to taste Sprechers root beer at Al the Mayor's infamous "soda tasting" event at the revered Brick Pit in Mobile a couple of weeks ago. The stuff was insipid; i couldn't believe that it was actually made in a brewery- but then, what Milwaukee brewery has turned out a decent beer of an sort in recent years?

                                                      Cheers, John
                                                       
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                                                        mayor al

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                                                        RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 6:57 PM (permalink)
                                                        Seafarer,
                                                        This time I really do think your taste-buds are not in tune or aligned properly !! Sprecher's Is Great Stuff. Perhaps you enjoyed all the other wonderful 'tastes' experienced that weekend and you might not have been ready to accept the final 'topping'!
                                                        Looking forward to another round of Oysters with you next winter.
                                                         
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                                                          X1

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                                                          RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 7:02 PM (permalink)
                                                          Blumer's
                                                          Sprecher
                                                          Frostop
                                                          Barq's
                                                           
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                                                            mland520

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                                                            RE: Your Favorite Root Beer? Wed, 03/19/08 7:33 PM (permalink)
                                                            Anyone out there remember a few years back-a root beer from Colorado- blue & white, with a miner I think, on the label? It was really good- sold in a 4-pack. Can't remember the name but it was as good as homemade- and could be a little pricey- think they went out of buiness.
                                                            There was a brewery in San Antonio- Lone Star- and one hot August day their free ice cold root beer was fantastic! But I never saw it for sale in stores- even in Texas. And now, I think the brewery is gone....haven't been back to San Antonio in almost 20 years!
                                                             
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