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Jan 29, 2008 08:56 AM

Great Rootbeer at Spec's

When my wife and I moved back to Texas, we were very sorry to leave behind our favorite rootbeer, Henry Weinhard's. We even moved two cases with us.

Was happy to discover that this rootbeer can be found at Spec's along with their cream soda.

I have not been to the North location, but the South location does have it.

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  1. What do you like about Henry Weinhard's? I'm not familiar with it, but I've always loved good root beer. Currently, my favorite is Abita, which Central Market carries.

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    1. re: exlnghrn

      Sorry have not answered a few questions posted.

      Henry Weinhard's has a rich full flavor that is almost creamy (possibly from small amount of honey added). It is creamy, not cloying such as a A&W float. It has a draft quality (in CA restaurants can get it by the keg).

      Bulldog rootbeer is also very good. I need to check it out again

      Boylan's cane cola is awesome (made with cane sugar), but their rootbeer doesn't float my boat for some reason.

    2. I wonder whether Specs carries birch beer. I can only find it at Central Market---at a premium.

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      1. re: Hsien_Ko

        Thanks, I'll give it a try. My boys and I love good root beer.

        Be sure and try "Bulldog Root Beer" available at World Market. It's the best that I've ever had.

      2. Oh, great to know we can get it in austin, I had their cream soda and cherry recently. Far superior to anything I've had previously.

        1. Another good Root Beer available at Spec's is St. Arnold's. I really liked it, but it was a bit spicy for some of my kids.

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          1. re: TroyTempest

            I'll second St. Arnold's root beer! It's better on tap I think than the bottle. Dog Almighty on south Lamar had it for a while but went back to Maine Root Beer. I even emailed St. Arnold's to ask about getting a keg of it but they didn't want to deal with retail. I need to bribe a distributor I guess.

            1. re: chascates

              If you find anywhere else in town that has it on tap, let us know.

              1. re: TroyTempest

                The Ginger Man, 304 W. 4th St., is supposed to have St. Arnold's Root Beer on tap. I haven't made it by there yet. I just got laid off & The Ginger Man looks like a place I would hang around way too much!

          2. if you got out to eat bj's brewery in south austin has great homemade rootbeer