Friday, October 25, 2019

Invention of Barq’s root beer

Edward Charles Edmond Barq left his job as a sugar chemist in Louisiana and headed to Biloxi, Miss. He then bought the Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works on Keller Avenue in Biloxi in 1897 and created his signature Barq’s root beer in 1898.

The base was a sarsaparilla drink of the style of the late 19th century, in a formulation with caffeine, less sugar, and higher carbonation than other brands, It was first bottled by the Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works.

By day he and his wife sold the drinks, and then spent the rest of their time mixing the formula for them and refilling glass bottles. But first the bottles had to be sterilized and then each process had to be created in large pots in the couple's backyard. Although root beer was never as popular as the cola products, Barq’s nevertheless spread throughout the United States and branched out with flavors such as Grape, Moon-Glo, Imitation Strawberry, and red creme soda.

Prohibition began in 1920, prompting the sale of root beer to shoot through the roof. In 1936, Barq's operation was moved from Keller Avenue to a larger plant at 604 Lameuse Street, also in Biloxi. Demonstrating the product's appeal, by the 1950s, there were more than two hundred Barq plants across the United States.
Invention of Barq’s root beer

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