Stewart’s Root Beer
Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup
Bottled at: Rye Brook, New York
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
Stewart’s Root Beer began in 1924 with the opening of the first Stewart’s Root Beer stand in Mansfield, Ohio. Stewart’s was available exclusively in its root beer stands and drive-ins until 1990 when Cable Car Beverage Corporation obtained bottling rights and began bottling Stewart’s Root Beer for the first time. Later, Stewart’s was obtained by Cadbury Schweppes and is now a part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Not surprisingly, Stewart’s is now available everywhere. Perhaps the best thing about Stewart’s is that due to its broad distribution, it is much cheaper than other bottled root beers.
Stewart’s has a nice bottle presentation with its dark brown bottle, easily identifiable font atop an orange background, and the mandatory frothy root beer mug. For some reason, I love the “Since 1924” label on the neck of the bottle.
The root beer flavor is pretty good, but not very noteworthy. It has a classic root beer flavor without many frills. Stewart’s is not watery, and tastes like root beer. So, although there are better drinks out there, go ahead and grab one at a bargain price.