I love A & W (but on tap is better than canned). Diet A&W isn't even bad for
those so inclined. Hires is also great.Worst are Shasta (how they
even sell it is amazing), Mug (TERRIBLE), Dads.Barqs is tolerable.
I like Barqs because you can actually taste it. A&W and the like are too
sweet and syrupy, you can hardly taste them, especially with food. Henry W's is
good for sipping, but you might as well have water if you are having it with a
meal. Maybe that's why I like homebrewed: I can reduce the sugar and kick up the
flavor. FYI to those looking for recipes: Grocery store extracts are
junk. Get it from a local or online brewery supply stores.
The Pi Pizzeria has its own root beer and it is a great refreshment and a great
complement to their food.
i used to make rootbeer for our stake on service projects---one year we
dispensed almost 25 gallons---it was pretty hot and we ended the day with
floats---my recipe is one bottle hires extract (which is a sasfole free
sassafras and cherry bark product) in five gallons water and ice with five
pounds sugar and five pounds dry ice---for a creamier flavor substitute 1 pint
molasses for 1 pound sugar and add 4 tablespoons vanilla---it is best if chilled
before adding dry ice---this recipe requires a 10 gallon container (must be
vented or you will have an incident) and about 25-30 minutes to prepare---if it
will all be used in a short time do not count the ice in the quantity of
Squatters Rootbeer: Free RefillsRoosters Rootbeer: Free RefillsMaddox Rootbeer: Free Refills (best in Utah)Ruby River Rootbeer:
Free RefillsBrick Oven Rootbeer: Free RefillsBeehive Grill:
Small, non-chilled glass for 2.99...no refills....Will never go back. Thanks
to all the other Utah Rootbeer Breweries that liberally share their Rootbeer
with their customers.Best bottled variety: Sioux City Sarsparilla
Surprisingly, there is also a descent, pure cane sugar rootbeer that
walgreens carries....I believe it is called Deer Valley....but could be mistaken
Anyone notice that the rootbeer in the picture with the cookies looks just like
milk? Amazing what they can do with that stuff!!!
I seem to recall that it was a Hire's concentrate. Dry ice is a nice quick way
to make rootbeer for the YM/YW Halloween party.I remember riding my
old, single speed bike all the way out to Widow Douglas's home to stack her
firewood for her one summer day. I about fell off my bike when I rode up to her
porch and she was sitting there sipping from a brown stubbie!She
used to collect old cast away bottles, clean and sterilize them, then bottle
home-brewed root beer in them.And NOTHING tasted better after
stacking 4 cord of firewood for the good sister.
Hires is the best and beats A&W hands down. You can only get it at Hires Big H
drive in. I do like the Root Beer at The Brick Oven in Provo and St. George.
They need to bring Hires back into the stores in this part of the country. Whomever it was that said Barqs must have no taste buds. That stuff is
crap. Small wonder I call it Barfs Root Beer. I've had the Red Rocks at a
couple of restaurants and it has a nasty aftertaste.I have brewed my
own on occasion using yeast to get the carbonation. It was also really good.
Only problem was I left it out one night and the yeast turned my root beer into
a potent beverage. I didn't drink it due to the alcohol that developed. I
hated to dump it down the drain.
I agree that A&W on tap - and in a frosted mug is absolutely the best! I haven't
tried Howies - would love to.Barqs and Dads have to be the worst.
I love root beer and would like to try my hand at some homemade root beer.
Please send me your recipes for home brewing root beer! Thanks so much!
Oklahoma Ute:POPs is great. I planned to take my 6 year-old for
breakfast one Saturday. At the last minute the wife decided to come along. We
got there and she said "you drove me all of this way to eat at a gas
station?"I need help. Decades ago, I made root beer for activities
in a 5 gallon container. I used perhaps 2 pounds of dry ice, 4 gallons of water,
5-10 lbs. of sugar and a small bottle of concentrate. I have looked on shelves
for the concentrate, and can't find it. Does anyone know the brand of
concentrate? Where do I get it? How much sugar?
mmmmmmmrootbeer float very 'refreshing'
I remember digging up sassafras roots in Illinois with my grandmother and
brewing them like tea until the water turned red. With added sugar we made a
drink that tasted just like rootbeer. I have to think that sassaparilla may
have its "roots" in sassafras. If you want to taste a really good rootbeer, try
Henry Weinhard's gourmet style rootbeer.
When I was a youngster living in Utah County our family always enjoyed getting
cold mugs of Frostop root beer. They seem to have disappeared over the years
though. I wonder if there are any still around?
Barq's??? Seriously? Easily my least favorite mass-produced root beer. I guess
it's all a question of what you like. To me it's too overpowering.We
have a place in Phoenix called Pops Soda Shop that has all kinds of good stuff,
including 20+ different kinds of root beer. Here's my take on the
commonly accessible ones:-A&W: Good, all purpose -Howies: Creamy
but too sweet-Hires: 1 step up from A&W, but hard to find-Sprecher's: too fizzy, but it does have a nice "clean" tasteIBC: poor
man's Henry Weinhard's-Virgil's: tastes like Barq's in a pretty bottle-Henry Weinhard's: My personal favorite. The hint of honey puts it over the
top. It does use HFCS, which is unfortunate, but I still prefer it to every
other brand I've tried. I can often find it at grocery stores on sale for $3.99
a six pack.
Barqs is the best mass market root beer. Henry Weinards is good but is more of
a dessert drink. Its flavors are subtle and are easily overpowered with food.
Sprechers is excellent and I wish it were more available. Virgils is
also good, but overpriced. The best, of course, is a good home brew made with
hints of licorice, vanilla, and ginger to one's liking.
I was surprised to see Wisconson on the list for root beer--seems like whenever
we've gone back east, people look at us slackjawed when we ask for root beer.
"What's that?", they say.
LDS ward parties in Milwaukee are sometimes "keggers", with a keg of Sprecher's
local brew.And I agree with the poster who loves Howies sold in Utah
County.But my heart still belongs to A&W. The best you can get is on
tap at the A&W in Logan. When we ever get there, stopping to buy a couple of
gallons is always high on the agenda.
It should be noted that Henry Weinard's (as well as the popular Stewart's and
IBC) cannot be considered "premium" as they use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
in lieu of cane sugar. Also, as good as Sprecher's is, they still use HFCS, at
You missed one of the local root beers, Howies, made in Utah county I believe.
A&W was the best when I was a kid (fifty years ago) but is not good anymore. If
you want to know how root beer is supposed to taste, give Howies a try.
Disclaimer: I am not associated with Howies in any way other than I drink too
much of it.
In an informal blind testing of various rootbeers, from a soda shop in Arcadia,
Oklahoma called POPS (on Rt. 66), we have found Henry Weinhard's to be a top
pick. They sell about 20-25 different obscure brews (so far we've only made it
through about 8-9), but Weinhard's is something special. Growing up in Utah, I
had never heard of the stuff, but it is quite nice! At $1.25-$1.50 a bottle, we
also have looked for a cheaper alternative to this frequently consumed
beverage--for the money, easy accessablilty, and great taste, good ol A&W is
Give me liberty or give me root beer!
After nine years of taste tests at the annual Boy Scout sleepover we always
tried 6-8 different kinds of rootbeer, depending on what was at the grocery
store.The blindfolded winner for 9 straight years...A&W
Rootbeer. And not even a close second.
As a Wisconsin resident who loves Sprechers root beer, I'm pleased to see the
influence of Sprechers being felt in Utah. I'll be sure to visit Roosters on my
next visit to the Beehive state.
has anyone got a really good receipe for root beer?
I grew up on root beer floats. Now with diabeties in our family we still enjoy
them with sugar free ice cream and diet root beer. I'm glad to see more people
enjoying that great taste
I LOVE ROOT BEER! Bring it on!
Although I'm not Mormon, I do love my root beer. This can only be a good thing.