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2012-03-31 11:56:39 AM  
Also

www.nolacajun.com
 
2012-03-31 11:56:48 AM  
IBC diet, Best you can get when yer diabetic.
 
2012-03-31 11:57:01 AM  
A&W is number one?
Apparently, the author loves watered down toothpaste flavored soda.
/List FAIL
 
2012-03-31 11:57:50 AM  
www.seriouseats.com
Still my favorite...
 
2012-03-31 11:59:49 AM  

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: Worst. Internet List. EVER


this. And TK's birch beer was awesome. Sadly I might have been it's only buyer.

/no Faygo?
 
2012-03-31 12:01:20 PM  

almandot: Well, don't leave us hanging. Did you get BIE for it or what?



well of course i did. she was so taken by my effortless charm, she plighted me her troth, and with her i sired 7 children.

5 of which were manchild. we sold the two "undesirables".
 
2012-03-31 12:01:51 PM  
There ARE no good root beers. That's a contradiction in terms.
 
2012-03-31 12:02:10 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Dr. Browns is good stuff and all, but:

Well I get off bein' juked
With a baby octopus
And spewed upon with creamed corn . . .
An' my girlfriend, she digs it
With a hot Yoo-hoo bottle
While somebody's screamin':
CORKS 'N SAFETIES
PIGS 'N DONKEYS
ALICE COOPER, baby . . .
WAAAAH!


Ummmmm... What is this water-head going on about?
 
2012-03-31 12:02:32 PM  
I thought Dr Browns was noted for its Cream Soda more then its Root Beer.
And it MUST be out of the chilled bottle, never a can.
i.tfcdn.com
 
2012-03-31 12:03:21 PM  
I don't have too much argument with that list. I'd put Virgil's higher and I don't know if A&W deserves #1, but it is a solid contender. I used to like Hire's but I can't get it in my area anymore.
 
2012-03-31 12:05:48 PM  
I'll vote for Stewart's.

I thought about getting one of those "make your own" kits. Has anyone had any experience with them?
 
2012-03-31 12:06:15 PM  

Mael99: Ummmmm... What is this water-head going on about?


Only one of the best live albums ever recorded.

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2012-03-31 12:06:21 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Naturally brewed better
 
2012-03-31 12:06:24 PM  
wow IBC didnt even make the list?
 
2012-03-31 12:07:26 PM  
No Hansen brothers reference?

I am disappoint.
 
2012-03-31 12:10:54 PM  
Obviously we all have our preference, but I haven't been able to drink ANY other rootbeer since discovering:
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-03-31 12:11:00 PM  
Drink Abita Rootbeer from the craft brewers of Abita.
 
2012-03-31 12:11:20 PM  
Faygo root beer is good. Getting smacked in the face by a flying 2 liter of faygo root beer is bad. Those Juggalos broke my nose...
 
2012-03-31 12:12:35 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Also, you haven't tasted the good stuff unless you've been here:
[i221.photobucket.com image 640x428]


Wow! Looks great! Wonder where that place is. Google to the rescue:

Google: Johnny's Root Beer
About 2,610,000 results (0.20 seconds)

How about a hint to narrow the search results down a bit.
 
2012-03-31 12:16:03 PM  

ArkAngel: [www.sprecherbrewery.com image 289x364]

List needs this


Thank you. It's a damn shame I can't buy it in South Carolina. At least I can buy the syrup and keg it if I ever really want to.
 
2012-03-31 12:16:38 PM  

DragonDeadite: Most local brews are going to be ten times better than anything you can buy nation-wide.


Yeah. What you said. Pizza Port in Solana Beach (north of San Diego) micro brews both root beer and beer beer. Both are fantastic (as is their pizza).
 
2012-03-31 12:17:00 PM  
Has anybody tried a real alcoholic root beer - one brewed with yeast and with say beer level alcohol? Google shows a few commercial varieties.

How sweet are they? I personally find most soft drinks way too sweet.
 
2012-03-31 12:17:44 PM  

Mavent: Obviously we all have our preference, but I haven't been able to drink ANY other rootbeer since discovering:
[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


Agreed. It is by far the best.
 
2012-03-31 12:18:20 PM  
IBC
Dog n' Suds
Sioux City

Also, the tasters seem to want their root beer to taste like sweet, sugary candy and not like root beer, which is SUPPOSED to have a noticeable sassafras and anise flavor. These are probably the same people who like Vernors the way it is now (all sweet and corn syrupy with artificial flavor) versus what it was like in the old days before it got bought out by A&W then Cadbury Schweppes (with real ginger, lots of bite, and real sugar from Michigan before being aged four years in oak barrels).

You jerks who like corn syrup-- or worse, sucralose-- need to stop ruining our beverages. Go drink your own swill. Leave the good stuff alone.
 
2012-03-31 12:18:25 PM  

Mael99: AlwaysRightBoy: Dr. Browns is good stuff and all, but:

Well I get off bein' juked
With a baby octopus
And spewed upon with creamed corn . . .
An' my girlfriend, she digs it
With a hot Yoo-hoo bottle
While somebody's screamin':
CORKS 'N SAFETIES
PIGS 'N DONKEYS
ALICE COOPER, baby . . .
WAAAAH!

Ummmmm... What is this water-head going on about?


You , as a younger will be forgiven.
 
2012-03-31 12:18:54 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Also, you haven't tasted the good stuff unless you've been here:
[i221.photobucket.com image 640x428]


Where is it? I love birch beer and non-chain junk food.
 
2012-03-31 12:20:13 PM  
Olde Main Brewing in Ames, IA also makes a very good root beer that they serve in house
 
2012-03-31 12:20:56 PM  
Of the many root beers I've tasted over the years (many in the slide show)....A&W and IBC are my two favorites. Not saying there aren't better ones... I just haven't tasted any yet.
 
2012-03-31 12:22:13 PM  
Any ranking that puts A&W at #1 is not worth reading.
 
2012-03-31 12:22:42 PM  

UberDave: Not only does the list fail for including A&W and Barq's but it fails for *not* including Sioux City Sarsaparilla.


Barq's isn't bad at all. Their diet is the only diet drink I like. But A&W always tastes flat.
 
2012-03-31 12:23:21 PM  

pciszek: Any ranking that puts A&W at #1 is not worth reading.


It's not just a ranking. It's a poll, with the scores being tabulated. A&W is not winning the poll.
 
2012-03-31 12:24:11 PM  

Incontinental_Drift: AlwaysRightBoy: Also, you haven't tasted the good stuff unless you've been here:
[i221.photobucket.com image 640x428]

Wow! Looks great! Wonder where that place is. Google to the rescue:

Google: Johnny's Root Beer
About 2,610,000 results (0.20 seconds)

How about a hint to narrow the search results down a bit.


Rt 46, New Jersey of course
 
2012-03-31 12:25:00 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org


/dr pepper right now so I'm getting a kick
 
2012-03-31 12:25:17 PM  

This is a late parrot: No Hansen brothers reference?

I am disappoint.


"Give me an orange and a grape, and none of that stinkin' root beer!"

/Happy now?
 
2012-03-31 12:25:21 PM  

WildManBand: Drink Abita Rootbeer from the craft brewers of Abita.


Yep. Wonderful artesian spring water. Louisiana cane sugar.

List fails with no Abita, and Barq's so low.

Abita can be tough to find, though. :-/
 
2012-03-31 12:28:25 PM  

AlwaysRightBoy: Also, you haven't tasted the good stuff unless you've been here:
[i221.photobucket.com image 640x428]


OK. My google-fu is sufficient. Found it thanks to google image search:

HOT DOG JOHNNY'S, Route 46, Butzville NJ 07829

Might be worth the trip from San Diego.

/Heh. Butzville
 
2012-03-31 12:29:28 PM  

rickythepenguin: let our taste bugs decide.

i won, of course.


I can see why.
 
2012-03-31 12:33:18 PM  

buckeyebrain:


"Give me an orange and a grape, and none of that stinkin' root beer!"

/Happy now?


Extremely.
 
2012-03-31 12:33:55 PM  

urban.derelict: rickythepenguin: let our taste bugs decide.

i won, of course.

I can see why.


Those little insects are invaluable in the kitchen.
 
2012-03-31 12:34:15 PM  
I had no idea there were root beer snobs.

What kind of person feels superior because of the type of sugar water they drink?
 
2012-03-31 12:34:25 PM  
I'm sorry but I don't see how people are fans of Stewarts. It is very plain and homogenous, you can't separate any flavor from any other. It is like A&W served in glass bottles. However their orange soda is fantastic.

A&W is terrible, Mug is slightly less terrible, Barqs and Dad's are tied for the best of the mass produced crap (but will do in a pinch)


I agree with them on "Natural Brew" that stuff is terrible. Teddy's Rootbeer is too sweet and too plain. Jones Rootbeer tastes ok but too refined and no personality.

Based off of the bad review from the article praise in this thread, I really want to try Dr Browns. For those of you Farkers who like Dr Browns, do you also like Virgils, Henry Weinhardts and IBC? If so, do you think it would deserve to share a list with them?
 
2012-03-31 12:37:18 PM  
Slightly off subject, but if you've never had Blenheim Hot Ginger Ale, you haven't really lived.
 
2012-03-31 12:38:28 PM  

Mavent: Obviously we all have our preference, but I haven't been able to drink ANY other rootbeer since discovering:
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I can drink others but I have gone out of my way for Weinhart's... and Boylan's root/birch beers when they were hard to get in these parts.

My friends and I loved this one too:

www.scrubbles.net

but can't find it locally anymore.

Not sure how I feel about this list either since everybody has their own tastes. Part of the fun is finding the tastes that you like, just like any high-brow foodie might. So if you don't like this list, might I recommend:

http://www.rootbeerbrothers.com/

http://www.rootbeerreviews.com/

http://www.thesodajerks.net/soda-reviews/category/root-beer
 
2012-03-31 12:39:11 PM  
For what it's worth, Virgil's is the nastiest root beer I ever tasted. Too much licorice flavor to it, and I hate licorice.
 
2012-03-31 12:40:23 PM  
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2012-03-31 12:42:19 PM  
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RIP 3 PIGS BBQ--BEST HOMEMADE ROOT BEER


/might have been Birch beer. But it was awesome and free refills.
 
2012-03-31 12:43:43 PM  
I bought a six-pack of Doc Brown's Cel-ray (celery) soda on a lark. It was pretty good, but of course I have nothing to compare it to. I get their diet cherry soda, but Coke Cherry Zero is the best mainstream cherry soda there is. I prefer to just get coke zero and mix in whatever flavored vodka there is.

As far as root beer is concerned, there's never any diet version that isn't outright disgusting. I know which ones to try now though.
 
2012-03-31 12:45:38 PM  

aevert: Thank you. It's a damn shame I can't buy it in South Carolina. At least I can buy the syrup and keg it if I ever really want to.


My favorite root beer. It also helps that I can walk across the street to the brewery :)
 
2012-03-31 12:46:26 PM  
Should be Henry Weinhard's. But it REALLY should be Henry Weinhard's Vanilla Cream.
 
2012-03-31 12:48:16 PM  
Shasta diet rootbeer. It exists somewhere but I have not been able to find it.

The same with Fanta diet grape. I emailed the company and they said it was in my area...farking b.s. I think it's an urban soda myth.
 
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