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The Best Root Beers You May Have Never Had

Updated on March 14, 2011
Boylan Root Beer
Boylan Root Beer

A&W, Mugs, Barq's, and IBC. These are all brands of root beers. You can pretty much find these brands in any grocery store across the state. The sad thing is this is what most people believe root beer really is. There are so many other great root beers out there, a lot of them created by small companies, micro-breweries, or classic drive-ins. These things surpass anything these popular brands have to offer. Here is my list of some of the greatest and the most unique root beers I have come across.

1. Sprecher Root Beer

This brew is made by a micro-brewery out of Wisconsin. It has a sweet. creamy flavor and is a good all-around root beer.

2. Frostop Root Beer

This root beer is produced by a company that use to have drive-ins all over the Midwest (they still have a few existing locations). Their root beer is one of my favorites. It has a wonderful taste, foamy head, and a bit of spice to it.

3. Gale's Root Beer

This root beer is the recipe of famous chef, Gale Gand. The unique thing about this root beer is that it contains cinnamon. Your tongue gets the root beer taste first, then you are hit with the cinnamon. I never would have thought of it, but it works well.


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4. Saranac Root Beer

Another root beer made by a micro-brewery. It is an amazing root beer, that is very creamy tasting. It has a strong flavor.

5. Dogs n Suds Root Beer

This root beer has a great depth of flavor as your tongue is hit by a classic root beer taste, and then bang, the spice hit the taste buds. Delicious! Dogs n Suds is another drive-in joint, that has several locations in Indiana.

Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer
Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer

6. Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer

A long name on this one. It is a bit thicker than most root beers, but not to the point of being syrup. It is foamy with a bit of kick to it.

7. Boylan Root Beer

If you are looking for a root beer with a strong anise flavor, then this is the one for you. It's a very spicy brew, almost to a fault. This brand is becoming more popular and can be found at many grocery stores.

Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer
Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer

8. Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer

This is a combination I never would have thought of. It's like someone melted those hard butterscotch candies and mixed them in a root beer. You need a strong sweet tooth to handle this one.

9. Henry Weinhard's Root Beer

If you love root beer floats, then this is the root beer for you. It is extremely foamy. In fact, I have put the bottle back in the fridge and hours later, when I took a sip I was greeted with a frothy head.

If you are a root beer lover, see out some of these brews. And if you have any favorite you want to share, I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below.

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      JonLaird 

      7 years ago from United States

      I LOVE Boylan's root beer! I usually drink Sodastream soda, but when I go to the local organic grocery store, I always make it a point of picking up a Boylan's root beer for the drive home. While they're not root beer, I HIGHLY suggest their birch beer and creamy-red birch beer.

      I'm always looking for new brands of soda to try, so this excites me. Great hub!

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      Dave Levesque 

      7 years ago

      My dad used to make root beer, and it was the greatest root beer that i have ever had nice and heady and great tasting... He used to bottle and cap it we had a small bottle capper, every once in a while one of the bottles would explode under the kitchen counter, we tried to get the thickest glass bottles that we could so that would not happen... It was great root beer though...

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      Dennis Pace 

      7 years ago

      My very first memory I have in my life of 62 years, is making root beer with my grandma. I can still picture in my mind , the large bowl in the sink that we used and stirred in the sugar. The fragrant aroma of the extract is still vivid in my mind and is my favorite smell. As I got older, in the summer time, we drank gallons of root beer when we came home from hauling hay on the farm. Now that I am making home made ginger ale, could be the child in me, coming out.

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