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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Get A Free A&W Root beer Float
On a hot summer day a root beer float is a welcome treat. This treat also goes by the names of black cow or brown cow starts with choosing the perfect ice cream and root beer But where did it all begin???
The 16th century would find the first Europeans in North America making sassafras based beverages similar to root beer of today.I have tasted sassafras tea many times and have also gathered sassafras with friends and family. I have to say that we have never reached the taste of root beer. But, that is where it all began but it was in the 19th century that root beer would gain popularity.
Charles Hires would be the first person to market root beer successfully. Hoping that the drink would replace alcoholic beverages during the temperance movement. Hires, a devoted quaker, promoted his product Hires Root Beer. He claimed that the drink had medicinal properties. In 1893 Hires would gain popularity at the Chicago World's Fair. It is not known where the first place a root beer was served but it is well known that it was in Chicago.
So now we know a bit about root beer but what about a root beer float. Rumor has it that it was invented in 1893 by Colorado gold mine owner Frank J. Wisner One of the most famous places that serve rootbeer floats in this area is at A&W. You can also get a free A&W float if you live close to one