We will have to excuse Jeff for the delay on his Hank's post as he is currently predisposed in his career endeavors. Evaluating root beer is certainly enjoyable but one has to also pay the bills. So while we wait for Jeff's return I thought this would be a good time to post about a favorite eatery of mine back in my sweetheart's hometown Sidney, Ohio. Just adjacent to the local city ball fields one will find some batting cages and a genuine Americana drive-in selling freshly brewed root beer.
The BK Root Beer stand sells spanish dogs (coney dog), shredded chicken and pork sandwiches and of course root beer in frosty mugs. The best part is they bring it right to your car. The large mugs are huge but they even have kiddie sized mugs which made lunch for my daughters most delightful. The root beer is very fresh, it was low in carbonation but was distinct in the traditional root beer extract flavor one would expect. From what I have learned through some simple searching on the web, BK Root Beer once was a striving chain of drive-in restaurants within the midwestern states. A&W Root Beer actually started in root beer stands very similar to this. However, over time people lost interest in this style of eatery and they all but disappeared. Recently the Sonic chain has made a significant come back but unfortunately they do not toat their own fresh root beer. A&W has also made a come back but now they are all regular sit-down restaurants. Essentially, finding a genuine root beer drive-in stand is a precious find indeed. Besides this BK in Sidney I also know of two others in Ohio, a BK in Piqua and Wot-A-Dog Drive-In in New Carlisle. Regardless of how the root beer compares to other brews, fresh brew is always great brew and at root beer stands like these its carried right to car in a frosty mug. -Adam