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
From:
consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com

Date: Fri, Dec 04, 2009 6:27 am
To:
adam@rootbeerbrothers.com


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.

Sincerely,

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.

-Adam

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