May 2016
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Happy Fathers Day!!!
Happy Fathers Day to all our great Fathers out there. Indeed The Root Beer Store is a busy place around Father's Day.
Norman Rockwell Moment
With The Root Beer Store owner being a collector of Saturday Evening Post Magazines that feature Norman Rockwell on the cover, it was great to receive this email from a great customer and business neighbor in Lynnwood!!
"I just heard some very pleasant sounds outside so I looked out at my door to see five  20-something gals and guys who were standing around and talking  and  laughing. All were holding 4 packs of root beer and enjoying  each other’s company. It was a Norman Rockwell moment. It was very positive. If he were here today he would have painted that picture."  Thanks Mike!
Recipe of the Month
Root Beer Float Pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups root beer (NOT DIET)
1 tablespoon root beer concentrate
1 tablespoon melted butter or oil
Vanilla Ice Cream Pancake Syrup (optional)
½ cup butter, cut into about 8 pieces
1 cup sugar
1 cup vanilla ice cream, melted
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients, but don't over mix.
Heat a non-stick or greased griddle or pan over medium-high heat (I heat my griddle to about 350 degrees F). Scoop ¼ cup of batter and pour onto hot griddle. Cook until multiple bubbles appear on your pancakes and edges begin to dry out a bit. Flip pancakes over to cook other side. Cook for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove from griddle or pan and serve with your choice of toppings.
Vanilla Ice Cream Pancake Syrup
In a large saucepan, place butter, sugar, melted vanilla ice cream, and corn syrup. Turn heat on low-medium and stir to combine ingredients. Continue stirring until butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Bring to low boil and cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Turn off heat and quickly whisk in baking soda and vanilla extract. Mixture will foam and rise, but continue to whisk until fully combine and mixture settles. Set aside to cool. Mixture will thicken a bit more as it cools.
I used a ¼ measuring cup to scoop my pancake batter, which gives me about 16 pancakes for this recipe. If you use a larger or smaller amount, your servings will vary.
Author: Brandie Valenzuela from homecookingmemories
Summer Hours
The root beer store will be open longer hours during the summer as follows (Memorial Day until Labor Day):
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
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Root Beer
of the Month--May
Caruso's Legacy Robusto Root Beer

Caruso Root Beer is bottled by Black Bear Bottling Co. which has been owned by the Caruso family since 1961. Black Bear Bottling was started in 1920, with the Caruso family being the 3rd owners. The bottler gets its name from the original owner, Louis Patmont, who owned a bear cub that he raised in his back yard until the cub grew up and the city required him to get rid of the animal—which he then donated to the local zoo.In 1961 Phil "Papa Bear" Caruso along with his father, uncle, and two brothers, purchased the Oak Creek, WI bottling plant. With no prior bottling experience, they worked together to make the company a success, and even purchased the 2 homes next to the plant for the relatives to move in and all work at the business together!

The Caruso’s Legacy Robusto Root Beer was first produced in 1978, and was made to honor the legacy of Grandpa Caruso and his wife who came to America from Italy in 1961.Black Bear Bottling Group, led by Pete Caruso, Sr., now produces some 20,000 cases of soda a day in its 130,000 square foot facility. The rights to Caruso’s Legacy Root Beer were sold to WIT Beverage Co. in 2010, of which Pete Caruso Sr. has part ownership.

From Facebook,, and direct correspondence with the WIT Beverage Company.

Birthday Fun!
Happy Birthday Raia! This fun group of kids came in and enjoyed Raia's birthday at The Root Beer Store in Redmond. We LOVE our customers, and LOVE those that want to spend their special day with us!!
Old Kist Root Beer Bottling Plant in Sandpoint, ID
On a recent trip to Sandpoint Idaho, owner Corey Anderson stumbled upon an Antique store that used to bottle Kist Root Beer! One of the original bottles has been hiding up in the wall since the plant was active many years ago. An original Kist Root Beer sign also adorned one of the walls. What a great find!...but sadly they wouldn't sell the sign. Grrr.
We Have Kegs!
We have root beer kegs that are perfect for Fathers Day and Graduation ceremonies! Call our Redmond location at 425-885-5585 for availability. Its a perfect hit as we push into summer.
Actual Tickets to the 1876 World's Fair
Well why is that significant you ask...It was at the Philadelphia World's Fair in 1876 that Charles Hires, the father of root beer, introduced HIRES ROOT BEER to the world as the first Root Beer ever commercially sold. We were lucky enough to secure two of these original tickets to the fair, and hope to have them framed for display in our Puyallup store soon!
Root Beer Beef Jerky (Legally called Beef Strips because they are too moist). Come in both Root Beer and Root Beer Habanero flavors.

   Metal Root Beer Signs

Root Beer Candles

Root Beer Air Freshener
Root Beer
of the Month--April
Tree Fort Root Beer

Eva Duckler, 17, brought Tree Fort Root Beer to market in 2015 after developing the brand for her senior project at Blake—a private school in Minneapolis, MN.
Eva’s brother and sister-in-law, David and Lily Duckler, own a tea house and café in the Seward neighborhood, and helped develop the brand by providing the know-how, ingredients, and the facility to help the young entrepreneur with her ambition. 

Duckler claims to have tried hundreds of root beers since she was very young, and wanted to develop something creamy, sweet, all natural, and something different than traditional sodas like Coke and Pepsi that she deemed “kind of rough stuff.” According to Duckler, the root beer is hand brewed with herbs and flowers including marigold and chicory, with vanilla and honey also in the mix. She creates most of the flavors herself by “steeping out a bunch of herbs using water extraction.” Indeed the soda is not in line with a traditional root beer flavor, but Duckler acknowledges this, adding that the soda is much more “layered and balanced.”
She says, “It’s what I’d like to think root beer tasted like back at its origins in the 1800s when people were just drinking it made from roots!”

After 70 failed attempts, and much trial and error, Duckler finalized the beverage she was looking for, and found a distributor soon knocking on her door. She currently produces about 1,000 bottles per week, and hopes to move to a larger facility where she can up the production to15 barrels of root beer per week.
Her goal is to continue growing her business, with current plans to bring on additional sodas such as cream soda, cola, ginger ale, and orange.
Duckler’s original plan was to attend Wellesley College, but she postponed her schooling to devote more time to running and growing her business.
Sources:,,, and
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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