August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day!
You can stop in to any A&W Restaurant location on Saturday, August 6th from 2p.m. to close and celebrate Root Beer Float Day with free treat.
Here are some fun facts about root beer you may not know!
Root beer floats are sometimes referred to by the nickname “brown cow”.
Root beer is almost exclusively a North American drink.
In 1960 safrole, the oily liquid extracted from the root-bark of sassafras plants and a key root beer ingredient, was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a likely carcinogen. (Don’t worry, safrole is no longer used in root beer marketed in the United States.
Both Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were fans of small beer, the precursor to root beer.
Charles E. Hires was the first person to produce and market root beer throughout the United States. Hires initially marketed his beverage as “root tea.”
By 1876 Hires had changed the name of his beverage to Hires Root Beer, and he presented the drink at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, celebrating America’s 100th birthday