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Favorite Kosher Root Beer

PapaT Feb 26, 2007 09:56 AM

My kids have been getting into the Diet Root Beer kick, especially the Saranac Diet RB. I have always been a big fan of Diet Barq's, but was wondering whether anyone had a diet RB (kosher only please) that they thought was superior.

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    tdg RE: PapaT Feb 26, 2007 10:16 AM

    I think diet A & W is good.

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      DeisCane RE: PapaT Feb 26, 2007 11:20 AM

      IBC makes a great Root Beer, but I have no idea if they make it diet. Stewart's does make it diet, but I find it a bit lacking in foam. The flavor is good though.

      1. Fozzie_Bear RE: PapaT Feb 26, 2007 11:28 AM

        Dr. Brown's is really good. In fact, all of their sodas are really good, albeit hard to find outside the NY area.

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          SRosie RE: Fozzie_Bear Feb 26, 2007 02:24 PM

          It's usually in the Kosher aisle of the grocery store... that or your fav. NY style deli.

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          dadisachef RE: PapaT Feb 26, 2007 02:22 PM

          Boylans has no corn syrup! Yeah!!
          (although, I'm not sure if they have a diet one)

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            rockycat RE: dadisachef Feb 27, 2007 06:10 AM

            Boylan's is pretty good stuff, but it's full sugar (like dadisachef says, no corn syrup, but lotsa sugar) and I think it's just a wee bit short on "bite." I think Barq's had it right when they said, "Barq's has bite." Anyone else think it was better before Coke bought them out?

          2. weinstein5 RE: PapaT Feb 26, 2007 03:39 PM

            Dad's Root Beer is my favorite -

            1. bigmackdaddy RE: PapaT Feb 27, 2007 06:24 AM

              Is Kirsch still around? How about Shasta? I remember drinking those exclusively at the day camp in Jewish day camp. They tasted good too.

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                typo lad RE: PapaT Feb 27, 2007 12:02 PM

                Well, if you want real Root Beer that's actually *brewed*, try Virgils. Amazing taste. I'd put Best Health second to that, but it's very hard to find. Stewarts makes a nice Root Beet too.

                Barq's isn't "real" Root Beer. It has caffeine added.

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                  PapaT RE: typo lad Feb 27, 2007 12:54 PM

                  I'm pretty sure that the Saranac Diet RB is also actually "brewed." I don't think that I've ever seen Virgils, but I'll keep an eye out for it. Do you know if its under rabbinical supervision, and if so who?

                  As to Barq's, I had no idea about the caffeine. Was it always made this way? I remember that when the atkins craze hit in the mid 90's that was one of the few sodas that people drank because they believed it did not have caffeine.

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                    typo lad RE: PapaT Feb 28, 2007 07:13 AM

                    Virgil's Root Beer is OU certified (as are BH and Stewarts).

                    Barq's has always had caffeine. That's the "bite" the slogan speaks of.

                    I'll look into Saranac. Thanks for the heads up!

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                      velorutionary RE: typo lad Feb 28, 2007 08:22 AM

                      I agree with typo_lad about Virgil's. It is the best by far. I usually buy it @ Whole Foods.

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                        typo lad RE: velorutionary Feb 28, 2007 11:07 AM

                        They also sell it at Food Emporium and Trader Joe's.

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                  DeisCane RE: PapaT Feb 27, 2007 01:41 PM

                  Caffeine is a problem in Atkins?

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                    PapaT RE: DeisCane Feb 27, 2007 01:52 PM

                    I'm no doctor and don't play one on TV, but I vaguely remember that the Dr. Atkins books that were circulating said something about avoiding caffeine in diet soda. Its been too many years since I tried it to remember the details, (although in some respects I do miss being fleishig twenty four hours a day).

                  2. bigmackdaddy RE: PapaT Feb 27, 2007 02:49 PM

                    Okay, but are all of these root beers kosher? Kirsch and Shasta are.

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                      PapaT RE: bigmackdaddy Feb 27, 2007 03:03 PM

                      Barq's is under the OU, Saranac is under the Vaad of Detroit.

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                      DeisCane RE: PapaT Feb 27, 2007 03:38 PM

                      The ones I mentioned are.

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                        EricRosen RE: PapaT Feb 28, 2007 05:02 AM

                        Diet Barq's is practically the only one I like.

                        1. bigmackdaddy RE: PapaT Feb 28, 2007 08:25 AM

                          Does Kirsch and Shasta even exist any more? Or was it called Hirsch?

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                            DeisCane RE: bigmackdaddy Feb 28, 2007 08:42 AM

                            Shasta does, but it seems like Kirsch (usually credited with developing the first diet soda) is no longer around.

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                            ShlomoDovid RE: PapaT Mar 6, 2007 11:55 AM


                            Stewarts is the best I think.

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                              typo lad RE: ShlomoDovid Mar 7, 2007 07:36 AM

                              Try Virgil's. As good as Stewarts is, it will make your eyes open in shock.

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                              Urijah RE: PapaT Mar 7, 2007 10:08 AM

                              Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer is pretty good (regular and diet). It's very similar to Root Beer.

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                                DeisCane RE: PapaT Mar 7, 2007 10:35 AM

                                I disagree that birch and root beers are "very similar." That's like saying Ginger Ale and Root Beer are "very similar." They have similar development processess and ingredients and go for a bite that doesn't exist in traditional sodas, but otherwise, the primary flavors are markedly different. Ohhh, I love birch beer. :-)

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                                  PapaT RE: DeisCane Mar 22, 2007 01:26 PM

                                  And now Yahoo says that Root Beer is the healthiest soda for teeth...


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                                    Dovid RE: PapaT Apr 22, 2007 06:57 AM

                                    If you are trying to find hard-to-find regional root beers, the following website is useful:


                                    There is a link for sodas that are kosher (no identification of the certifying authority provided). The diet root beers they list are:

                                    Boylan Bottleworks Diet Root Beer
                                    Jones Soda Co. Sugar-Free Root Beer
                                    Stewart's Fountain Classics Diet Root Beer

                                    None of the above are hard to find in the NYC area. I assume that none of the regional favorites carried in the root beer section carry a hechsher.

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