Also...they do make "rootbeer flavoring," either real or fake, that is found in the spice aisle in the grocery store. Right next to the vanilla flavoring, usually. So that might be an option, depending on what you're making.
Do any of your local microbreweries do root beer? One of ours does; it's quite good (and strong)... we can also find it at the local farmers markets, as well as at some Amish roadside stands. Or maybe root beer is just unusually popular in south-central PA...
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I just had a very interesting flash back to my earlier years. I remember birch beer. Never had it before I moved to the south east. Had never even heard of it before I moved there. Funny. A lot of stuff is regional.
I also remember when A&W used to have the root beer made locally and it was different at different drive ins. I grew up going to one that had the best and tangiest root beer ever. Now it's all pretty weak and too generic.
Yes! I want the recipe! (that that I can imagine me cooking anything... Not at least successfully... sigh)
I'm a barq's girl, but love the smaller/local brands, too. I'd love to try a whole bunch!
Recently we had a big buncha' Irish folk in for a wedding. one of the groom's brothers tried root beer for the first time and was absolutely disgusted by it- said it was like coke+cough syrup! But i love it!!!
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OK, I have been making root beer BBQ beans and BBQ sauce, for a while and tried a few different root beers but I feel I have to add too much off the soda to get any real flavor and then the beans are to liquidy (yes I can do a reduction to evap some of the water but I don't want ingredients to get mushy).. I have added root beer flavoring a couple times to punch it up some but that gets pricey and adds a step. this week I used Henry Weinhards root beer.. beans were good but not quite the flavor I am looking for, I have used Dad's,A&W and the local store stuff so was hoping some RB connoisseurs would have better beer choices.
anyone who wants to try them,pls PM me w/email addy happy to share. Also have an easy cilantro-lime cole slaw recipe that is good for summers.