Frostie Root Beer
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Detroit, Michigan
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
Frostie Root Beer began in 1939 when George Rackensperger (delicious sounding name, right?) opened a bottling plant in an abandoned jailhouse in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. Frostie Root Beer quickly became Rackensperger’s top selling product, resulting in numerous distributors in nearby counties requesting authorization to bottle and sell the product. In 1947, The Frostie Company was organized as a parent organization to manage the franchised beverage. In recent decades, the Frostie brand has been sold several times, and is now owned by Intrastate Distributor’s Inc.
The Frostie webpage does not say much about the brand or the root beer, other than to state “You’ll love it,” and to announce that Frostie is made from the “Original 1939 Formula.” I suppose a root beer recipe is a formula, but referring to it as a formula does not have a tasty ring to it.
Luckily the Frostie Root Beer formula is pretty good. Frostie Root Beer is about as close as you can get to a classic root beer taste. It has a nice smooth, slightly vanilla flavor. It is the root beer flavor you will recall enjoying as a kid on a hot summer night. There are no exotic frills with this root beer, but but it is the epitome of a solid soda.