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Oct 10, 2007 11:50 AM

Root Beer

I'm looking for recommendations on places to get a good old-fashioned fountain root beer, not bottled. The place doesn't necessarily have to serve food as well, but that would be nice.

Most places that bill themselves as soda fountains, such as the Fair Oaks pharmacy in South Pasadena, do have some good soda selections, but not good root beer.

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  1. Lucky Devils, in Hollywood usually has a root beer on tap. I don't remember what kind.

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    1. re: sku

      Usually Abita, which is a GREAT root beer.

    2. All BJ's make and serves their own root beer on tap. No, it isn't alcoholic.

      You can sometimes find an A&W around. Simi, hawthorne, Bell, Torrance, Crenshaw, Norwalk.

      1. I think Westwood Brewing Company has a root beer on tap as well.

        And possibly Gordon Biersch.

          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

            There is one in San Dimas.

            I had the Root Beer at BJ's once. It was ok, but I was hoping for something a little more smooth and creamy like IBC or A&W. BJ's had a little more bite to it.

            1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

              Quoting from my prior response above about A&W

              "You can sometimes find an A&W around. Simi, Hawthorne, Bell, Torrance, Crenshaw, Norwalk."

              1. re: Diana

                There's used to be an A&W in the food court of the Beverly Center. That's the only one I know of in LA proper. I don't know if it's still there.

                1. re: writerinla

                  I said it before, I'll say it again...anyone who could open a *complete replica* of a 50s-60s A&W drive-in, replete with waitresses on rollerskates and those trays they hung off your window and the "family" burgers (Mama/Papa/Teen etc) and most of all, that creamy, wonderful root beer (gimme a glass gallon jug to go!) would have a runaway success on their hands.

                  1. re: writerinla

                    I could have sworn that there's an A&W on Pico next to Factor's Deli?

              2. The Stand on Ventura Blvd. in Encino has an excellent draft root beer from the fountain. They have burgers, fries and hot dogs which are pretty good, but I remember being really impressed by the root beer. And I'm pretty picky about my root beer.

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                1. re: foodie21

                  I'm pretty picky about root beer, too, so that's why I threw the question out on the board. You can get it pretty much at any restaurant that serves soft drinks, but getting good root beer is another matter.

                  Thanks for the suggestions, all.

                  1. re: writerinla

                    While no distribution in CA, Sprecher root beer is the best I've ever had. Sprecher Brewing (they are a major beer distributor in the Midwest) sells it online.


                    1. re: ElJeffe

                      What do you mean No Distribution in LA? Real Soda has had Sprecher Root Beer (and the other flavors including my favorite the cream soda) for like a decade. You can find the site online at but you can also drive up to the warehouse in Torrance (their phone is 310 326 9202) and buy Sprecher by the case, all the flavors. They have the best soda selection anywhere by the way... you'll see so much soda you'll really not have a car big enough to haul away all that you want to buy; the pricing is also kind of cheap if you buy it by the case, cheaper than retail.

                      1. re: sodaman

                        That's great. I checked the Sprecher website and no California hits popped up but thats even better!!

                    2. re: writerinla

                      Oops I put my reply on the wrong one but I was wanting to say that Sprecher sodas are available in Torrance from Real Soda and also you can as another writer wrote... buy it at most BevMo's. Where else... hmmm... Sainsbury Deli on Amherst & Wilshire in West LA (great sandwiches) and many of the Bristol Farms have it too. But if you like to get it by the case just go to Real Soda; it'll cost you less than a buck a bottle there. (16oz).