Did you ever notice how root beer was always a sort of regional beverage, unlike Coca-Cola and even Pepsi-Cola, which quickly spread throughout the US? Down in the Gulf Coast states they preferred Barq's Root Beer, I remember in Florida as a child drinking Dad's Root Beer; up in the Northeast they tended to drink A&W. Don't know where Hires was popular, if it ever was; I thought it a rather poor quality root beer.Root beer also went out of fashion at the end of the 60's, and didn't return for about 20 years, at which point it started showing up in soda machines again.And it's weird, but Root Beer seems to be the only soft drink that isn't mixed into a cocktail with alcohol. I've never heard of one, anyway, although I'm sure that people have tried it.
Rolf Armstrong is one of my favorite Pin-up artists. He can make anything look sexy -- even auto parts. Now that's talent!
Bob - Hire's was one of the few root beers to be available nationally, way back when. Mainly because it was available as a concentrate in little bottles so you could make it at home. I can't imagine it being very good. Seems like it would be flat, which is a deal killer for me :)Best Root Beer in modern times: Henry Weinhard. Expensive, yes, and hard to find - but its awesome.
M.D. - I love Armstrong's work too. To me, his early stuff was the first ad art that tipped over the line between just a picture of a pretty girl, and what I think of as "pinup".
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