A&W Root Beer
Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup
Bottled at: Plano, Texas
Purchase Location: Rocket Fizz
A&W is so synonymous with root beer that its website is http://www.rootbeer.com. Roy Allen (“A”) created his root beer in Lodi, California in 1919, and teamed up with Frank Wright (“W”) shortly thereafter. A&W’s success spread as the partnership opened soda stands in California and Houston. By 1924, Allen bought out Wright’s share of the business in order to set up a restaurant franchise. Allen’s business grew rapidly, from more than 170 locations in 1933, to more than 450 in 1950, to more than 2,000 in 1960. A&W restaurants were the only places A&W Root Beer was available until 1971, when it became available at grocery stores for the first time.
We are all familiar with A&W Root Beer in bottles and cans, but A&W Root Beer in a glass bottle has a special look to it. The label has an aged root beer barrel serving as the background to the well recognizable oval A&W logo. That label just looks right wrapped around a clear glass bottle displaying the dark brown root beer contained inside.
Being able to compare a well known root beer, available everywhere, that I have had a hundred times, like A&W to rare and unique gourmet sodas is a fun task. A&W Root Beer has always been one of my favorite root beer brands, and it holds up well to more distinguished root beers. The chief characteristics that make A&W Root Beer what it is, are its creamy smoothness and its sweet vanilla flavor. I also noticed that A&W Root Beer is heavily carbonated. That combination makes A&W Root Beer a barbecue and party favorite around the country. Drinking A&W Root Beer from a glass bottle is a treat everyone should experience.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.