Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Today is National Root Beer Float Day - Enjoy a FREE Float!

Yes, today, August 6th, is National Root Beer Float Day and at A&W Restaurants across the country from 2pm to closing, you will be able to receive a FREE small Root Beer Float! How wonderful . . . and tasty, is that???!!!

Plus, you will be given the opportunity to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project - again, how wonderful is that??!!!

Not that we need more "fun" on a day when Root Beer Floats are available for FREE, but I thought it would be fun to share some interesting Root Beer Trivia with you which I found on-line. Did you know . . . 
  • Root beer has its origins in what is referred to as small beers. Small beers are a collection of local beverages (some alcoholic, some not) made during colonial times in America from a variety of herbs, barks, and roots which commonly included: birch beer, sarsparilla beer, ginger beer and root beer.
  • Ingredients in early root beers included allspice, birch bark, coriander, juniper, ginger, wintergreen, hops, burdock root, dandelion root, spikenard, pipsissewa, guaiacum chips, sarsaparilla, spicewood, wild cherry bark, yellow dock, prickly ash bark, sassafras root*, vanilla beans, hops, dog grass, molasses and licorice. Many of the above ingredients are still used in root beer today along with added carbonation. There is no one recipe.
  • Charles Hires was a Philadelphia pharmacist who according to his biography discovered a recipe for a delicious herbal tea while on his honeymoon. The pharmacist began selling a dry version of the tea mixture and also began working on a liquid version of the same tea. The result of was a combination of over twenty-five herbs, berries and roots that Charles Hires used to flavor a carbonated soda water drink. The Charles Hires' version of a root beer beverage was first introduced to the public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial exhibition.
  • However; the original recipe was created by Native Americans and continued by the Early Colonists.
What is your favorite Root Beer? I love both A&W and Hires! Enjoy this day!

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