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Who woulda thunk that root beer of all things is the exotic, strange thing that people wonder why Americans like it


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Mar. 29th, 2017 08:06 am (UTC)
What does it taste like? Like ginger beer? Neither of these "beers" are alcoholic right, which does somewhat defeat the point of them.
Mar. 29th, 2017 08:33 am (UTC)
They're not alcoholic, no. If you've not had it, you'd probably have the same reaction. Ginger beer is lighter and fizzier most often than root beer. Root beer is a unique taste since they're not kidding that it's flavored of "roots" - sometimes sassafras, wintergreen, allspice, things like that and the sugar is a dark molasses flavor. I love it, but then again I grew up on it. My favorite brands are IBC and Stewart's

I'd be tickled if you found some to try and let us know what you thought! I'd suspect you might not like it. lol

Psst: it's improved if you add vanilla ice cream to it to make a root beer float. ;)
Mar. 29th, 2017 10:45 am (UTC)
Hmm, and I adore A&W root beer. Ha!
Mar. 29th, 2017 10:55 am (UTC)
We might have to survey the gang! Seems it's a US phenomenon.

I do like A&W a lot, though nothing to me beats a frosty mug of Stewart's when you can find a place that serves it that way. Never been a big fan of Barq's, though.
Mar. 29th, 2017 11:37 am (UTC)
You should run a survey in the Canteen! I grew up on A&W, so that's why I prefer it, although I have to admit that it doesn't taste the same to me as it used to.

I'm with you on Barq's - not my favorite!
Mar. 29th, 2017 11:28 am (UTC)
Ireland has bigger things to worry about than not liking Root Beer right now.
Mar. 29th, 2017 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Well, maybe they should try imported root beer now that Coke is...*shudder* questionable.
Mar. 31st, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
*laugh* On a lighter note, I moved to Australia 10 years ago and most Aussies hate root beer. A few seem to love it, though and while it isn't sold at the major grocery chains, it is readily available from the small Asian specialty groceries all around Melbourne.
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