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elchoopanebre's avatar

Can you recommend some good root beers?

Asked by elchoopanebre (3074points) June 27th, 2008

I’m starting to come to the conclusion not all root beers are created equal. For instance I realized I like IBC much better than Barq’s.

Can you recommend any other good root beers you’ve tried?

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19 Answers

beast's avatar

I love Barq’s. Mug and A&W are good as well.

shockvalue's avatar

Virgil’s is practically unbeatable. It’s by the same people who make reed’s ginger beer.

You can find it at Trader Joes if there is one near you.

kevbo's avatar

Just an FYI, Barq’s distributed in the South is less sweet than Barq’s distributed in the rest of the country. The difference is noticeably better.

trudacia's avatar

Stewarts. Also really good Black Cherry. Not sure if it’s an East Coast brand.

ebenezer's avatar

But Barq’s has BIte!

Kay's avatar

Maine Root is really good. They sell it at Whole Foods.

http://www.maineroot.com

PupnTaco's avatar

IBC rules.

marinelife's avatar

The top nine as judged on this site are not mentioned above.

Boylan’s
Hires
Torpedo Juice
Hosmer Mountain
Shasta
Coastal Fog
Jones
Berghoff
Samuael’s Deli Root Beer

Happy tasting!

kevbo's avatar

Everyone together now… I wanna pop!

Man, that was super cool.

elchoopanebre's avatar

Thanks everyone,

I’m going to check all of these out.

=]

arnbev959's avatar

Jones, definitely.

rockstar's avatar

Another good one is Lost Trail. As far as I know it is only distributed in Kansas City though.

http://www.louisburgcidermill.com/losttrail.html

Stocky's avatar

You can also usually find “Virgils” in the organic section at most supermarket here in boston. VERY good stuff.
Also check out “Harpoon” Root Beer made by the same harpoon brewery that makes some really great beer.

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/index.cfm/page/Harpoon-Soda/pid/28533

Foolaholic's avatar

I second the Jones. I don’t like some of their flavors because they’re so darn sweet, but the root beer is right on the money.

smart1979's avatar

the 3 best IMO are:

- Virgil’s
– Maine Root (There is also a ‘Sarsaparilla’ by these guys thats interesting)
– Boylan’s ‘The Natural Kind’ Root Beer (they also have a regular one but this one is made with all natural ingredients and tastes awesome)

El_Cadejo's avatar

@shockvalue OMFG thank you so much for mentioning virgils. I finally got around to trying it. HOLY SHIT! Greatest. Soda. Ever. So many awesome flavors blended into one drink. I bought a whole case of it the other day and its gone already :(

shockvalue's avatar

Haha, they go fast don’t they? So worth it though…

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weeveeship's avatar

A&W is good.

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