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February 2015
 
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Valentines Day Treats
The Root Beer Store is the perfect place to find that unique gift for the Valentine in your life. Pick from a variety of red sodas and candy, or be sure to hit a home run with our Gourmet Root Beer from all around the country!

Root Beer Short Ribs
4-1/2 pounds beef short ribs
Coarse salt and pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1" wedges
3 large celery stalks, cut into 1-1/2" pieces
2 small carrots, cut into 1-1/2" pieces
1 head garlic, sliced in half crosswise
10 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
1 sprig rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 whole star anise
3-1/2 cups beef broth
2 cups root beer 

Preheat oven to 275o F. Season ribs generously with salt and pepper. In an 8-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil to high. In batches, brown ribs on all sides, about 20 minutes total. If oil gets too dark during browning, pour off and add more oil (do not wipe pot clean). Transfer ribs to a plate and pour off all but 2 Tablespoons fat from pot.

Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, cumin and star anise. Cook, scraping up any browned bits, until onions are soft, 5 minutes.

Return ribs to pot and add broth and root beer. Bring to a rapid simmer, cover, and place pot in oven. Cook until meat can be easily pierced with the tip of a pairing knife, about 3 hours. (To store, refrigerate, up to four days if you choose.) With a slotted spoon, transfer ribs to a large straight-sided skillet; discard solids by pouring/straining liquid through a fine-mesh sieve. Skim off fat from cooking liquid. If you have time, place liquid in the refrigerator for a little while, making it easier to discard the fat that will accumulate on top.

Boil liquid and ribs over medium-high heat until liquid is reduced by half (I think I went even a little further to get it thicker), about 20-30 minutes. While boiling, periodically spoon liquid over meat, until ribs are glazed and sauce is thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

You can cook the short ribs up to four days ahead; Refrigerate, then skim, strain and reduce the cooking liquid before serving.
(Recipe found at http://noblepig.com/)
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February's Root Beer of the Month
John Brewer's Virgin Islands Root Beer
he story of St. John Brewers begins when two college classmates quit their jobs to live on the small island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chirag Vyas, who grew up in Providence, R.I., had been living and working in California as a scientist for NASA. Kevin Chipman, a friend and former roommate from the University of Vermont, worked as a physical therapist at a Boston medical center. In their first two years out of college, they became frustrated by the 9-5 lifestyle that seemingly defined their stateside existence, so the two decided to embark on a Caribbean adventure that would change their lives forever. They quit their jobs, sold their belongings, and purchased one-way tickets to the Virgin Islands.

For their first month on the unfamiliar island, Vyas and Chipman bused tables and paid a local $250 a month to sleep on an old sailboat. The boat had no electricity or running water, so they ate by flashlight and stored food on a block of ice – all the while never doubting their choice to live in this tropical turquoise-blue water setting.

They spent their downtime exploring the island, swimming in the warm ocean water and learning to scuba dive, something they'd never done growing up in New England. The two soon found a cheap apartment to rent and worked their way up to bartending. Hiking to the beach during the day and making island concoctions at night filled most of their time. However, there was something from their stateside lives that they missed on the island: the two fell in love with craft beer from their college days and longed to enjoy that style of beer on St. John...
So, like any inventive 20-somethings marooned in vacation paradise, Vyas and Chipman headed over to the public library in the "downtown" area of Cruz Bay and logged on to the Internet. If breweries could make beer, why couldn't they? A few clicks later, they had ordered a $50 beer-making kit and were on their way. They got the business off the ground using their own money, as well as small loans from family and friends -- between $500 and $5,000, in most cases. Fast forward 10 years into the business, and St. John Brewers have gone on to create a great-tasting root beer, ginger beer, and an energy drink.
From stjohnbrewers.com, The Huffington Post, St.John Brewers Facebook Page
Store Hours
 

Lynnwood 10am to 10pm Mon-Sat
Redmond 10am to 7pm Mon-Sat
Puyallup 10am to 7pm Mon-Sat
All Locations Closed Sundays

Coming Soon!
Mike and Ike Root Beer Float Candy
We LOVE our Facebook fans. After asking if anyone had heard of Mike and Ike Root Beer Float candies, several fans posted links to the company HQ. The candy has been released for a limited time (4 months) and we will be getting in a good supply. We anticipate arrival the end of February!!! Thanks for the tip Root Beer fans!
Rogue Root Beer in 22oz Bottles
We have represented Rogue Root Beer in our Kegs for years, but finally they have bottled their root beer in 22oz bomber bottles. Rogue is a stronger root beer with somewhat of a licorice taste (depending on who you ask)! Its a favorite, and should be on store shelves soon!
The Petersons from Salem Oregon
We love our fans, especially those that travel so far to visit us. Here are the Petersons enjoying an array of great-tasting sodas in our Puyallup Store!
Recycling Those Bottles?

Q- What happens with empty soda bottles, are they re-used?
A- In the past bottles were made of thick glass, and were cleaned and re-used by bottling plants. Today the bottles are much thinner, and are only "one-time-use" bottles. At The Root Beer Store we recycle all our bottles through our commercial trash and recycle service, and our customers can do the same through their curbside recycling program. There is no need to try to "save" bottles in hopes they will be re-used in their current form. Some states still charge a deposit for glass bottles, but that is currently not the case in Washington Sate.
Where to Find Us

 
Our Redmond store is located at
7102 180th Ave. NE Redmond, WA 98052.
Hours: 10am-7pm 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: 10am-10pm M-Sat Closed Sundays
Free Root Beer tasting 1st Saturday of each month, 10am-10pm, in Lynnwood.



Our Puyallup store is located at
12020 Meridian Ave. East, Suite K, Puyallup, WA 98373
Hours: 10am-7pm M-Sat, Closed Sundays
Free Root Beer Tasting 2nd Saturday of each month, open to close, in Puyallup.

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