Posted By: znouza (ILoveSanFrancisco) on 'CZling'
Title:     Re: Dotaz
Date:      Tue Jun  5 11:04:57 2001

> > root beer je opravdu pivo, ale takovy divny, obsahuje hodne bylinek,
> oleju, 
> > sladidel a CO2 
> Neee, rootbeer zadny pivo neni ... neni v tom zadnej alkohol a i priprava je
> jina (btw je to stylem pripravy blizko caji) ... a vzniklo to za prohibice 
> kdyz se nemohl delat alkohol (proto to beer ve jmenu).
> >                                              - znouza -
>           Jerry III
> Enough said ...

There are early historical documents in which Shakespeare is noted to have 
drank "small beers." This European brew, actually made from an early colonial 
American recipe, contained 2-12-percent alcohol, and was considered a light, 
social drink made from herbs, berries and bark. During American Colonial 
times, root beer was introduced along with other beverages like Birch Beer, 
Sarsparilla Beer, and Ginger Beer. Only root beer would emerge as a longtime 
favorite. There are even historical documents which show 18th century farm 
owners brewing an alcoholic version of root beer in backyard stills for 
family get-togethers, social events, and parties. 

There's is no true authentic root beer recipe, since there are so many 
different combinations and brews. Over time, root beer has contained 
ingredients like allspice, birch bark, coriander seed, ginger and ginger 
root, hops, burdock root, dandelion root, guaiacum chips, spicewood, wild 
cherry bark and bitters, wintergreen and wintergreen oil, yellow dock, 
prickly ash bark and even, molasses. 

Today, root beer is made from a mixture of flavorings, sweeteners and 
carbonation. Depending on the brew, bottler and manufacturer, root beer still 
contains a large number of herbs (burdock root, sarsaparilla root, yellow 
dock root, ginger root, juniper berries, wild cherry bark, birch bark, and 
etc.), oils (anise, lemon, artificial wintergreen, and etc.), sweeteners 
(sugar, molasses, corn sugar, fructose, asparatame, brown sugar, lactose, 
malt extract, and etc.) and carbonation (yeast, artificial, forced 
                                             - znouza -
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