May 2015
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Redmond - Lynnwood - Puyallup - Tacoma
New Store Now Open in TACOMA

We are excited to announce the opening of our latest store in Tacoma, WA. The  opening date was Wednesday May 13th, and we love being in the area! Unlike our other stores, the Tacoma store will host a free tasing event EVERY Saturday. The address is 5104 6th Ave. Suite 108 Tacoma, WA 98406 in the 6th and Orchard Plaza next to Dickies BBQ and Pizza Hut. Come check us out!!


Recipe of the Month
For the Root Beer Jell-o
2 envelopes Knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups Root Beer
For the Ice Cream Jell-o
3 envelopes Knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
For the Root Beer Layer
Sprinkle the 2 packets of gelatin over the cold water and let it sit until it's absorbed and softened. Pour boiling water over it and stir until dissolved. Add in sugar and root beer and combine. When the sugar is completely dissolved, pour into a 9x13 baking dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Cut into cubes and transfer to an 8 x 8 baking dish. Store in the fridge while making the ice cream layer.
For the Ice Cream Layer
Sprinkle 3 packets of gelatin over cold water and let it sit until it's absorbed and softened. Pour boiling water over and stir until dissolved. Add in sugar and stir then set aside.
Place the 2 cups of ice cream in a small pot. Melt it over medium heat on the stove, or in the microwave, until it's liquid. Stir the melted ice cream into the gelatin mixture then let it sit to come to room temperature.
Pour the ice cream over the root beer cubes and refrigerated overnight. Cut into cubes and serve them up for a no-melt treat!
(Recipe from Hello, Jell-O!: 50+ Inventive Recipes for Gelatin Treats and Jiggly Sweets)
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May Root Beer of the Month
Flashback Root Beer
The Flashback Malt Shoppe is owned and operated by Robert and Boni Crook in beautiful Seaside Oregon. While on vacation in 2008 the couple found the malt shop business for sale, and fell in love with the store and the city.
In the spring of 2010 they decided to further develop their concept, and branded their own root beer and 3 other flavors.  “Our idea was to create a root beer that would compliment our ice cream floats,” says Robert—who sells not only malts, but other nostolgic sodas, puzzles, shirts, games, and a vast array of nastolgic hollywood-themed merchandise.
Betty Boop, Star Trek, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe are just a few of the themed characters and hollywood celebreties they promote in the store, and they devote days of the week to making the memories fun. Wednesdays are Wonder Woman Wednesdays, for example.
Since develpoing their bottled sodas, the success has enabled them to launch an entirely separate company entity that is dedicated just to the bottled beverages.

The store is open 363 days a year, and is a focal point in the beautiful coastal tourist-town which is the “end of the trail” for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Left to right..Boni, Robert, and their daughter Brittani
(Seaside photo from
And the answer is...
In our last newsletter we asked our great customers if anyone knew what kind of truck this was. Here were some responses...
"Looks like an early 50s International to me." -- M. Huffman
"I'm about 97% sure it's a 1954 International 4x4." -- J. Hyde
"You're hinding the grill, but (our) guess is a 49 or 50 Chevy or GMC." -- Charles and Gina
"Looks like a 1947 or 48 International" -- K. Bean
Thanks to all those who chimed in!!!
Summer Hours
The root beer store will be open longer hours during the summer as follows:
SUMMER Store Hours

Lynnwood 11am to 10pm Mon-Sat
Redmond 11am to 9pm Mon-Sat
Puyallup 11am to 9pm Mon-Sat
Tacoma 11am to 9pm Mon-Sat
All Locations Closed Sundays

Redmond's Bike Bash
Pam A. serving up draft root beer to thirsty Redmond Bike Bash (Bike to Work Day) customers on Friday May 15th.
Homer Maple Syrup Root Beer History
Homer Soda Company began in a Historic Main Street building in Homer Illinois about 10 years ago by Ray and Christine Cunningham.  Homer is home to about 1,000 people and is the quintessential farm town.
Since that time Ray has gone on to become the Mayor for the Village of Homer and has sold the company to Kate Boyer. Kate, who also speaks German, attended Parkland College and worked for Toshware, Inc. before purchasing the company.
Kate and Rob Boyer currently operate the wholesale and distribution portion of the company, and love to have their family get involved. They have 5 children who love to help, along with Kate’s parents who also are a great support in the business.

Information obtained from,,, Homer Company Website and Personal Correspondence with Homer Staff
Root Beer Enthusiasts from GERMANY

We loved seeing some customers from Germany who were visiting friends in the USA and who were trying their first taste of Root Beer. It was no surprise that they weren't too sure about they said it had a "medicine taste." This is a common response by international visitors.
Smiles by Root Beer
Robert Groeling sent us this photo of him and a friend enjoying a vast array of heavenly root beer at our Puyallup store. Thanks for being a fan Robert!!
Lisa and Matt who work out of our Redmond store showing off some candy.
Our Redmond store is located at
7102 180th Ave. NE Redmond, WA 98052.
Hours: 11am-9pm M-Sat, Closed Sundays
Free Root Beer tasting 3rd Saturday of each month, open to close, in Redmond.

Our Lynnwood store is located at
20015 Hwy 99, Suite G, Lynnwood, WA 98036.
Hours: 11am-10pm M-Sat Closed Sundays
Free Root Beer tasting 1st Saturday of each month, 11am-9pm, in Lynnwood.

Our Puyallup store is located at
12020 Meridian Ave. East, Suite K, Puyallup, WA 98373
Hours: 11am-9pm M-Sat, Closed Sundays
Free Root Beer Tasting 2nd Saturday of each month, open to close, in Puyallup.

Our Tacoma store is located at
5104 6th Ave Suite 108 Tacoma, WA 98406
Hours: 11am-9pm M-Sat, Closed Sundays
Free Root Beer Tasting every Saturday, open to close, in Tacoma

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