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Best Root Beer Selection?

gildeddawn Jun 17, 2012 10:28 AM

We're having a party where we're going to do a root beer float bar, and try combos of different brands of root beer and vanilla ice cream.

So. Who has the best root beer selection in the Cities?

  1. John E. Jun 26, 2012 10:42 AM

    Beisswengers Hardware store in New Brighton has a large selection of not only root beer, but other sodas as well.


    Frattallone's Ace Hardware Stores and Garden Centers with several locations across the Twin Cities also has a selection of root beer. There must have been a recommendation at some hardware convention to stock soda in bottles for all these hardware stores to get the idea at the same time.


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      ChillyDog Jun 18, 2012 10:52 AM

      Nelson Cheese & Deli on Como near the State Fairgrounds has about 10 different varieties of bottled root beer.

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        gildeddawn Jun 18, 2012 07:25 PM


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        Seige Jun 17, 2012 09:22 PM

        I'm not sure why you need options. I would just get kegs of 1919 and call it a day. :)

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          gildeddawn Jun 18, 2012 07:14 AM

          1919's on the list. But variety is the spice of life, they say.

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            Jordan Jun 18, 2012 10:44 AM

            Pumphouse Creamery at 48th & Chicago in Minneapolis has a broad selection of root beer.

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              gildeddawn Jun 18, 2012 07:25 PM

              Thanks! I'll check it out.

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          Bobannon Jun 17, 2012 08:40 PM

          Minnesota's largest candy store in Jordan. Their selection of root beer is pretty amazing.

          Here is a Heavy Table article about the place:


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            gildeddawn Jun 18, 2012 07:14 AM

            I wanted to go there, but they don't open until July. (Which is bizarre.)

            1. re: gildeddawn
              Bobannon Jun 18, 2012 08:40 AM

              I think it's because they are also and apple orchard and farm...so they open when they start to harvest stuff. It's really a fun place, you should check it out anyway.

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            Haricotsv2 Jun 17, 2012 03:43 PM

            Ace Hardware on Grand is the store that zfwp is referring to. They have all kinds of classic pop and candy--worth a trip.

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              gildeddawn Jun 17, 2012 04:26 PM

              Yep, that one I knew about. Other ideas?

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              zfwp Jun 17, 2012 12:17 PM

              i do not know who has the best but i think the most root beer i have seen in terms of variety is at the hardware store near the italian pie shop on grand avenue in saint paul. it is quite impressive.

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