Hank's Root Beer
- Jeremy Osner
Saturday I had a bottle of Hank's, which (according to the bottle at least) is a Philadelphia brand. It was quite good, if you like molassesy root beer, which I do. They had a couple of other flavors of Hank's sodas on the shelf -- is the Philadelphia connection real or ersatz? If they have a "brewery" down there I would check it out next time I visit.
I'm a big fan of Hank's root beer, and yes, it is from Philly. Like most local food businesses in the area, sooner or later they all get written up in the local paper. I kinda forget the details on Hank's. Maybe a search on the Philadelphia Inquirer website would turn up the article that Jim Quinn, I think, wrote about the company. Not sure, but I think it may have some connection to the Ortleib's (of beer fame) family.
By the way, I think Virgil's root beer is terrific, too, but I'm not much of a fan of the bottled Stewart's (although the stuff at the Stewart's root beer stands is great).