Abita Root Beer, Draft
Root Beer is a truly American drink. Hires (1876) was the first broadly successful commercial root beer, and remains the longest continually produced soft drink in the United States . Charles Hires himself was a teetotaler and wanted to call the beverage "root tea", but "beer" rang more effectively with the constituents he wanted to reach. Similar beverages started appearing in confectionery shops as early as the 1840s, but sassafras root beverages were made by Native Americans long before that. In 1960, the FDA banned sassafras root from use in commercial food products, due to its proposed carcinogenicity. As a result, modern root beers are usually brewed from sarsaparilla vine or "root beer flavor". Abita is the latter, but still undeniably delicious. Abita Root Beer is made with a hot mix process using spring water, herbs, vanilla and yucca (which creates foam). It is sweetened with Louisiana cane sugar.
Ingredients: water, cane sugar, caramel color, root beer flavor, phosphoric acid.
- Made in Abita Springs, Louisiana