Friday

for the love of root beer


help!!!  well not really help in its dramatic emergency sense, but in the can you help a friend out.  we have been on the search for the perfect bottle or can of root beer.  we dont even really have a deep life long obsession for the drink, but we have always loved it.  i think the desire to find our favorite came from a thought at hadleys in cabazon, ca on a road trip stop.  we were looking in the drink case and I wondered why out of all the soda like drinks we consume in the world, why root beer has so many more varieties than all the others.  there is only really coke and pepsi, 7-up and sprite and all the others with their limits.  but root beer has so many more.  so, in pure indulgent fashion, we bought all the different kinds they had(and a date shake, when at hadleys, you have to).  

so that gets us to here, we have had about 12 different ones and are looking for help to find the worlds best root beer.  we would love your suggestions.  it has to be in a bottle or can, as we have a hard time traveling to drink it out of a tap.  I know that some people like it sweet and some with more of a bite, but being husband and wife, we already have our his and hers favorites.  I love the sprecher the best and she loves the virgil's, each lovely in their different ways.  please leave a comment and we will try and track it down.  we will keep you updated as we go.

18 comments:

Julie said...

stewart's. stewart's stewart's stewart's. i don't know what else to say. if you can locate one of the original road-side hamburger joints, that's where you'll find the best rootbeer, but the bottle is just as good (you just don't get car service with it). and if you really want the full experience, add some vanilla ice cream for the original "brown cow."

please try a bottle! i can't even tell you how good it is.

sophia malik said...

what?!? IBC is totally the best! in the brown bottle...a texas classic. add some vanilla ice cream...mmm and you're in heaven.

Lisa said...

I wouldn't be a true Portlander if I didn't recommend Henry Weinhards.

Lovely blog, btw.

About Me said...

My boyfriend and I love Dad's Rootbeer. I definitely recommend it.

Alisha said...

thomas kemper's.

sean said...

try BOYLAN'S! it's an all natural company with amazing root beer, birch bear and cream soda.

Charlie Barley said...

Sprecher is the cat's meow. BUT I have to say Henry Weinhards is my fave. It just has that awesome draft taste like no other and is readily available across the country. Boylans is OK, definitely unique. IBC is a classic, but nothing to call home about. AND Stewarts...well, is just crap.

gwattaloo said...

try abita root beer - from louisiana.
http://abita.com/brews/root_beer.php
add some ice cream for me!

kristar said...
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Jon said...

I'm a Stewarts fan myself. But you should also try Moxie - which isn't technically root beer, but it's my favorite non-mainstream soft drink.

liss said...
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liss said...

Thomas Kemper and Henry Weinhardt were the two favorites of a blind root beer tasting test my husband and I did in the fall (birthday party theme).

However stay away from "Natural" and "Hansens" they were deemed awful (the latter universally so).

If you're in the Portland, OR area Deschutes Brewery has a tasty root beer.

By the bye, came across your website from a link on "my polaroid blog".

nikkole! said...

hands down virgil's
it s made in heaven is nt it?

wednesday said...

i love an iced cold maine root. thats the brand name and it also has like sasparilla and ginger root, so good.

kitchen mom said...

We just received as a gift a six pack of Chowning's Tavern Root Beer. This is the root beer they serve in Colonial Willamsburg taverns. Every member of our family that is root beer obsessed said it's the best root beer they ever had.

dkimb said...

In Los Angeles, Galco's Soda Pop Stop Store, on York has 45 - that's FORTY FIVE kinds of root beer - many you've never heard of, regional classics, newer artisan varieties, as well as hundred of other drinks & sodas from around the world. If you are on the hunt for root beer, sportsfans, you may not skip this place, you're research will not be complete!

Buck said...

Apparently none of you have ever had a Triple X (xXx) Root Beer. If I could go back and time and have one I would. Texas best.

Bryan said...

You should definitely try the root beer from Maine Root. It's handcrafted, all natural, and organically sweetened.