Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Adam now on FACEBOOK

So as an ongoing venture to reach out further to our root beer loving friends I am trying out the world of Facebook. I am not sure how this is going to play out but so far the Twitter page has been received very well, maybe this too. So sit back, "pop a top" and lets talk all things root beer from the comfort of Facebook. look for me with my email address adam@rootbeerbrothers.com

Friday, December 4, 2009

Is Root Beer Kosher?

We here at the Rootbeer Brothers get many interesting questions about root beer. These questions range from "what brew goes best with chili" to "why does the root beer on tap at the A&W taste better then in the bottle"and then even questions like "what alcohol content is root beer". We certainly enjoy all of these questions and the many other we have received over the years. It is a real joy for us to "talk root beer" so to speak. Every so often however, we receive a question that we feel is important to share with everyone else. One of these such questions was related to Kosher certification. The specific question was regarding "Natural Brew Draft Root Beer" which is owned and operated by Smuckers. So we contacted Smuckers and asked them if their brew was Kosher. The following was their response.

Subject: Reference Number: 8939092

Date: Fri, Dec 04, 2009 6:27 am

December 3, 2009

Dear Adam

This letter is in reference to your recent contact with Natural Brew. We appreciate the time you have taken to contact us and most certainly enjoy hearing from consumers who enjoy our products.

In response to your comments, none of our Natural Brew Beverages are Kosher certified.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. If you should have further questions or need additional information, please visit our website at www.natural-brew.com or contact us at 888-569-7031, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST.


Dena Black

Consumer Relations Representative

I recently heard that Tootsie Rolls, a chocolate flavored candy that has been around for 50 years or more has recently obtained Kosher certification. They did not have to change any of their practices they simply had never sought certification. It would not be surprising if Natural Brew is in the same spot. Maybe our inquiry may prompt them to look into this option.

So we did some digging around the internet and found a site that contains an entire list of Kosher Recommended Beverages. On this list includes our standard A&W as well as IBC, Barq's, Hires and many others. Check out the site to see if your favorite brew is listed http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/soda/

We encourage root beer makers everywhere to seek after Kosher certification for the benefit of those who may otherwise not be able to enjoy America's favorite soft drink. We also wish to extend thanks to our RBB fan who sent us this question.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A New Look for Diet A&W 12-Packs

I was wondering when A&W was going to change their Diet 12-pack boxes to match the changes made some time ago to their regular brew. I certainly have come to love the barrel looking box with the frosty top and with this new change even the diet looks appealing. Check out what else A&W is up to on their website. http://www.rootbeer.com/ -Adam

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fry Sauce & Fresh Brewed Root Beer.. only at Hires Big H

On a quick trip to Utah back in 1997 I came across a sauce I had never heard of, "Fry Sauce". To my amazement this concoction of mayo and ketchup is a standard in the Beehive State. If a place sells French Fries, they serve Fry Sauce. This standard is maintained not just amongst those "mom & pop" burger dives, even the Golden Arches and all the other burger chains serve up Fry Sauce. There is one place however where one can not only find fresh made Fry Sauce but fresh Brewed Root Beer.

Hires Big H has been a Salt Lake Valley favorite since 1959. More recently they have added an online store where a brew lover like me can order some of their root beer extract to make some home brew. To go along with the home brew they also sell bottles of their fry sauce, we certainly would not want these twins to part ways. I admit however, that I have never had the pleasure of enjoying their brew but look forward to the opportunity in the future.

When I do take that opportunity I am going to be sure to order up the Big H Fry Combo. For just under $8 you can slam down a burger, fries (with fry sauce of course) and a frosty mug of their very own brew. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all. I am getting very thirsty just thinking about it. check em out www.hiresbigh.com

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Edward Cullen Loves Root Beer? Vampires Love Stewart's....

In light of this evenings midnight release of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"I asked myself what kind of root beer do vampires drink? This rare shot of Edward Cullen reveals all!!!!
Apparently Edward Loves Stewart's!!!! So to all of our brew loving fans who will be joining the Twilight phenomena late tonight, now you know what brew to bring.
Enjoy the show, and the Stewart's.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pop the Soda Shop

A fellow root beer fan from Europe asked a very important question of us here at RBB. He wanted to know how he could obtain some of the American soft drink we so love and admire. We directed him to an online shop that is based in Arizona that claims to offer delivery "anywhere allowed by law" so we are confident that this includes all points Europe and beyond. http://www.popsoda.com/

Even here at RBB, we have been patrons of the Soda Shop, they not only have a long list of brew but they also stock a favorite of ours from the state of Maine called "Moxie".

We here at RBB, at times, find ourselves needing a short vacation from root beer and when this happens (very rare) we reach for a cold bottle of Moxie.

Anyways enjoy shopping at The Soda Shop, let them know the Rootbeer Brothers sent you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Frosty Mug Salute to Our Veterans

We wish to extend our deepest thanks to all of the members of the United States Armed Forces, both Past & Present. Thank you for ensuring our freedom!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rootbeer Brothers Now on Twitter..... tweet tweet

Yes my friends we are going to "pop a top" with you live and online with Twitter. I am not sure how this is going to work out for our little project here but it will be fun to see all the same. Let us know what you think. check us out at http://twitter.com/RootbeerBros


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween From A&W and the Rootbeer Brothers

I wish to extend warm wishes this Goolish Season with a Trick-or-Treat sized can of Americas favorite brew. Happy Halloween!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Join the A&W Mug Club and play some Root Beer Pong

I was checking out the A&W Restaurant website and discovered this awesome find! They now have a Mug Club in which you can sign up and receive sweet coupons for the restaurant. That equates to "More Brew for Less Green"!!!! You can even send a friend an email "Root Cheers" sounds weird but trust me, this is cool! On top of all this they are hosting an online game called "Root Beer Pong". Its not the best graphics but its tons of fun for a root beer lover like me!!!! This is a spin off of an old college game called beer pong, but I certainly love the improvement.
Thank you A&W and may we all enjoy!!!!

So when the restaurant closes up, head home for more fun on the web.... www.awrestaurants.com

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I Want Candy...... Root Beer Candy That Is.....

If there is one candy I love it is certainly the A&W Root Beer Barrels by Brachs.
The standard in candy form is a safe way to go when captured by a sweet tooth. However, there are many other options worth consideration, I thought I could mention two other favorites of mine.

Claeys Candies carries a wide variety of hard candy options including Root Beer flavored. This candy is a bit rough around the edges, literally, the candy has rough edges. This must be the "old fashioned" side of it. Beyond that it has a very deep flavor of distinct root beer extract, very yummy and long lasting. I find Claeys commonly at Wal-Mart.

Now if jelly beans are your fancy then might I suggest the best jelly bean found in this great nation. Jelly Belly jelly beans are by far known for their wide variety of distinct flavored beans. Each bean can be identified by their color and yes they have A&W Root Beer Beans. These brown beans of jelly are so full of root beer flavor you will wonder how they fit it all in. And yes they actually taste like A&W. In a variety bean bag these are always the first to go, at least when I am involved.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another Root Beer BBQ Sauce : minus the root beer

So A&W, our American Standard in root beer, has joined the band wagon of distributing their very own label of bbq sauce. Ironically I came across this sauce while shopping for my July 4th supplies and so I immediately thought that this was destiny. My anticipation began to build, my heart beat began to increase, my hands began to sweat, my palate screamed for a taste.......

at this point I should issue the disclaimer that there is a massive disappointment ahead....

So there I was cooking over a well heated grill, the meat was tender and juicy, just perfect for the last step of the cooking process, spreading the bbq sauce...... it smelled sweet, enticing, it spread smooth......... soon after I was carrying my plate with perfectly bbq'd meat that was smothered in the A&W BBQ Sauce. My first bite was nice, enjoyable, tasty, yet one important anticipated flavor was missing......... A&W!!!!!!! I would be surprised if there is a single drop of root beer extract in this sauce! What is going on!!!!! Why, Why, Why??????? If it says root beer there should be some root beer flavor!!!!!!!

Oh well.......... at least the dessert topper was a winner :)


Monday, June 8, 2009

Root Beer on the "fly" in Chicago

I am not sure if a pun is intended regarding the fact that this post is related to a lay over in the Chicago's O'Hare Airport or the fact that I am referring to "Goose Island" root beer.... either way it works.

On a layover in Chicago I found myself wondering the many long corridors of O'Hare without much intention.... that was of course until I came across the Goose Island pub! I immediately veered left and quickly identified the bottle of root beer amongst the many other beer selections. To my even greater surprise the bottle I grabbed was not only a Goose Island root beer but in fact was a special draft made especially for Chicago. The label identified it as being Chicago Style. In my excitement I downed the bottle without any thoughts of comparison to other Goose Island root beer experiences I have had. So I am not sure how it would fare with the other Goose Island root beer that we have discussed here at the RBB. Regardless, and most importantly, there is now a most inviting place to land for root beer lovers in Chicago!!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Recipe - Root Beer Float Cake with Root Beer Frosting

I came across this recipe on myrecipes.com and thought that this was certainly worthy of passing on to my brew loving friends her on RBB. The one aspect of this recipe that was most appealing for me was the root beer frosting, good stuff my friends, try it yourself and you will agree. I used the standard A&W. Let us know how it turns out with your own choice of brew.

Root Beer Float Cake

Makes 12 servings

1 (18.25-ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 cups root beer (not diet)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Root Beer Frosting
Combine first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat mixture at low speed with an electric mixer until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake 10 minutes. Spread Root Beer Frosting evenly over warm cake.
Root Beer Frosting
Makes 2 1/4 cups

1/2 cup butter or margarine
7 tablespoons root beer (not diet)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Originally Printed in:
Southern Living, OCTOBER 2004
Hope yours turned out as yummy as mine.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Rootbeer - Hip Hop Style with Pigeon John

Jeff and I have discussed many things in the world of root beer, this however is an eye opener!
Apparently our American brew has entered the world of hip hop, a place I never thought it would go..... foolish me. After all is not root beer the most versatile drink of all, there is a brew for every occasion and now it is being celebrated even in the world of music.

So "who" is Rootbeer?? Adam Flynn and Pigeon John make up this rap/hip hop brew band????
Pigeon John and Flynn formed this side project aside from their work with other bands and solo efforts called Rootbeer. Rootbeer has released one CD early this year called "Pink Limousine." The e.p. consists of five tracks including "Chimpanzee", "Girlies", "Pink Limousine", "Under Control", and "So Good."

These tracks can all be heard on their myspace page http://www.myspace.com/rootbeersound
Personally, I am not sure how I feel about these fellas, at least in this context. However, Pigeon John has been around for a long time, early 90's I believe. I have most recently become aware of him with his cameo appearance on a more recent CD by The Grouch & Eligh on their G&E CD track "All In". This track is far different than the others on the CD and is very catchy and has a very cool video that features Pigeon John along with another smooth character named Gift of Gab.
Check out this video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIItEigwW8w

So another strange branch of the world of root beer.......

Keep popping those tops ......


Friday, March 20, 2009

A&W Root Beer Float Dessert Topper

My wonderful sweetheart came home the other night with what she called a "Big Surprise" for me. I was taken back when she revealed a bottle of "A&W Root Beer Float Dessert Topper"!!! What an amazing product!!!! My sweetheart had amazing foresight in having also bought some ice cream along with this "Surprise" so I was able to dive right in and see how good this dessert topper was.

I was amazed, of the many products that A&W has been superimposed into this was the closest in taste. It was a creamy wonderful experience into the world of root beer atop of some sweet Blue Bell ice cream. I could actually taste the distinct A&W flavor.

After licking the bowl clean I began brainstorming what else this brew based dessert topper could also be used on????? At that very moment my 5 year old asked me to make her a peanut butter sandwich and it HIT ME!!!!

Yes my brew loving friends, I call it the "Rootbeer & Peanutbutter Sandwich", so yummy!!!! Feel free to try it yourself, you will not be disappointed. enjoy


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Brew from Down Under - Bundaberg

I had always heard that root beer in foreign countries was either nonexistent or imported from America. However, I am so thrilled to report the I have found a root beer that is actually an import to America from the land down under.

Australia is known for many things, kangaroo, cool accents, crocodiles, and so forth, they are even known for their beer (i.e. Fosters) however root beer, certainly not on the list. I found the brew in a "Cost Plus World Market".

I have a good friend, Doc Tran, who keeps his eye out for strange and unusual brew. He spotted this one day and I admit I was very doubtful that he had in fact found an "imported" root beer. He brought me in to the World Market to see for myself. I was astonished! There it was, sold in 4-packs with a big ole Kangaroo in the logo, an Australian Root Beer!

Bundaberg Beverages specializes in a variety of naturally brewed soft drinks. However, they have yet to list root beer within their product line on their website????? I wonder if it is something they only make for us Yankees? May be Aussies would not know what to do with a good bottle for root beer. Either way, this company is based in Bundaberg, Queensland in Australia, making this brew the first I have seen as an import. They advertise a very unique gift shop located in Bundaberg which looks like a barrel. If I ever make it to Australia, this place is on my list.

The flavor is stout and full, tasty with a hint of bitterness. I like it! I am not sure where this import will stand amongst our traditional brew, but when life settles down for Jeff and I, it will be sure fun finding out. -Adam

Friday, January 23, 2009

Brew & BBQ at The Swinging Door

During a recent visit to Texas my friend's dad decided it was high time that I try the best BBQ in Texas..... well at least in the Houston area anyway. I must admit I was somewhat skeptical as we drove up to what looked like a converted chicken barn. The place was called "The Swinging Door" and displayed a scaled model of a covered wagon out front advertising the restaurant. My initial impression did not improve when they handed out the menu which was a xerox copy of a hand drawn menu. Like I said, I had my doubts from the very beginning..... However, the aroma within this very unique setting ( I think the place was barn at one time) was absolutely mouth watering. The sweet BBQ smell wrapped around my nose like a most welcomed friend.

As I reviewed the menu I noticed that soft drinks was listed without a list of those available. I asked the waitress what they had, hoping for some root beer of course. She went down a list and included my desired choice. When I ordered root beer she off handedly mentioned that "you will love the root beer here, they make it themselves" THEY MAKE IT THEMSELVES!!!!!! I could not wait.....

To be very frank, it would be very difficult to distinguish between which was better, the BBQ or the brew. Both were absolutely complementary. I am not sure how the Swinging Door brew would fall within our ranks but it certainly met standard by all means. In some strange way this brew is precisely the brew you would want with the best BBQ in Houston.... best part is that you will not need to go any further than The Swinging Door to get both.

photos of the Swinging Door obtained from their website at www.swingingdoor.com