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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?

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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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      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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        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.)

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            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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          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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            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


            2. 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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