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May 7, 2010 02:01 PM

Root Beersssss

It may be a slight regression on my part, but does anyone know where one can get some of the root beers listed here:

I've been buying Virgil's and Henry Weinhard's at Whole Foods, etc. Any other root beer suggestions are appreciated. Not too crazy about Boylan's, and had my fill of Dad's and A&W growing up.

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  1. Don't know where to get the others, but before you give up on Boylan's try the Birch Beer. It is very good.

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    1. re: Tinfoilhat

      Thanks. I haven't tried Boylan's Birch Beer before. There's a bottle of Fentiman's Ginger Beer sitting on my desk, and so far so good.

    2. had a good root beer float at douugie's dog on granville. they had quite a few root beer to chose from.
      i love root beer but horrible with names. but like you i find whole food(and choices) has a decent selection but obviously not good enough. i would consider urban fare too, but never thought of going there for root beer. Maybe gourmet warehouse? oh have you heard, 'Barq's has bite!!? :-P

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      1. re: betterthanbourdain

        Thanks. I think Urban Fare only has the Weinhard's and Boylan's. There's a third at Whole Foods that I'm forgetting about that's also quite good. I'm excluding anything that only comes in a can - not sure that it really makes a difference, but I'm a snob that way. A glass snob. Take that, aluminum!

        I'm lumping in Barq's with Dad's, A&W, and (if one can still find it) Fanta.

        1. re: clutterer

          Of the current big brands, I like Barqs and A&W the best. In the premium brands - I took am not a big fan of Boylans (I prefer their other drinks - Black Cherry, for example).

          At Drive Organics they have small selection: Boylan's, Real Brew, Fentiman's (though not "Root Beer" per se - they have a bunch of unusual botanical beers, though.)

      2. 3 thumbs way up for the boylans birch beer. it really IS good !

        fentimans ginger beer is ace as well. london drugs, cold bottle: 1.99 $

        1. Was down in Seattle this weekend, where (of course) there are just that many more options of everything to choose from. Picked up a four-pack of Maine Root, which I haven't tried yet, and a bottle of Old Town Root Beer Company, which is good, but doesn't have the maltiness or creaminess of Virgils, Weinhard's or Real Brew.

          I'll write more when I actually try a bottle of Maine Root, but for the curious few, I have seen it available once at, of all places, Home Sense (the one on Cambie).