Root Beer

Mr. and Mrs. Family Trivium recently went on a date while the kids spent some time with Grandma and Grandpa. We visited the (somewhat) local meadery to sample their offerings and indulge in a couple of honey crust personal pizzas. On the way out we noticed honey root beer on the menu board. With a pizzeria onsite and their favorite carbonated beverage crafted with their favorite sweet, this seemed like a place the kids could appreciate.

When we conveyed our experience to the kids, they wondered what is real root beer? Who invented it? When and where was it invented? More importantly, was it alcoholic? In other words, could they have it?

To answer these questions, we looked to the FAQ over at Root Beer World. We found that root beer is defined as “a sweetened, carbonated beverage originally made using the root of a sassafras plant (or the bark of a sassafras tree), with sassafras as the primary flavor.” According to the timeline at Root Beer World, it was adapted, by American colonists, from a native American beverage by about 1850. It did have a low alcohol content and was referred to as a “small beer.” Sorry kids. You’ll have to wait until you’re 21 to try real root beer.