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Barq's Root Beer
Barq's Root Beer Logo.svg
Type Root beer
Manufacturer The Coca-Cola Company
Country of origin USA
Introduced 1898
Variants
  • Diet Root Beer
  • Red Creme Soda
  • Diet Red Creme Soda
  • French Vanilla Creme Soda
  • French Vanilla Diet Creme Soda (Discontinued)
  • Floatz (Discontinued)
Related products A&W Root Beer, Mug Root Beer, Dad's Root Beer, Sarsi

Barq's /ˈbɑrks/ is an American soft drink. Its brand of root beer is notable for having caffeine.[1] Barq's, created by Edward Barq and bottled since the turn of the 20th century, is currently owned and bottled by the Coca-Cola Company. It was known as Barq's Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer until 2012.[2]

Barq's products[edit]

Nutrition facts
Serving size 12 fl oz (355 ml)
Servings per container 1
Amount per serving
Calories 160[3] Calories from fat 0
% Daily value*
Total fat 0 g 0%
   Saturated fat 0 g 0%
   Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 70 mg 3%
Potassium 0 mg 0%
Total carbohydrate 45 g 15%
   Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
   Sugars 45 g
Protein 0 g
Vitamin A 0%      Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%      Iron 0%
*Percent daily values are based on a 2,000‑calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • Barq's Root Beer - available in areas distributed by Swire Coca-Cola, such as Utah, as well as other markets nationwide, but unless otherwise stated, has caffeine
  • Diet Barq's Root Beer - contains no caffeine. Available in Root Beer and Vanilla Cream.
  • Barq's Red Crème Soda[4] (Barq's Yellow Creme Soda was also produced until the early 1990s).
  • Diet Barq's Red Crème Soda
  • Barq's French Vanilla Crème Soda
  • Discontinued: Diet Crème Soda Barq's French Vanilla
  • Discontinued: Barq's Floatz, which is designed to taste like a root beer float.[5] J & J Snack Foods Corporation once licensed the brand name for Barq's Floatz ice cream squeeze tubes.

History[edit]

The Barq's Brothers Bottling Company was founded in 1898 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, by Edward Charles Edmond Barq and his older brother, Gaston. The Barq Brothers bottled carbonated water and various soft drinks of their own creation. Early on their most popular creation was an orange-flavored soda called Orangine, which won a gold medal at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois. (Needs verification.)

Edward Barq moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1897 with his new wife.

Barqs Sign.jpg

The following year he opened the Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works. 1898 is often given as the debut year for what was later to be known as "Barq's root beer," but some sources say this particular product was not produced until some two years later.[6]

It was on the Mississippi coast that Barq met and employed a young boy, Jesse Robinson. Robinson was mentored by Barq and later moved to New Orleans to find his fortune. In 1934 Edward Barq, Sr. and Robinson sign a contractural agreement on Barq's product rights. The agreement was unique from other franchises in many aspects. One, that Robinson was allowed to make his own concentrate. The two men remained close their entire lives, working on flavors and production challenges. A distinctive difference between the Biloxi-based root beer and the Louisiana's was that the Louisiana bottle was printed in red (versus Biloxi's blue). This was to distinguish ownership of bottles as blue labeled ones were returned to Mississippi and vice-versa. There were also regional taste differences between the various Barq's bottlers. While there may have been minor formula differences, water generally defined these differences.

For many decades Barq's was not marketed as a "root beer." This was in part a desire to avoid legal conflict with the Hires Root Beer company, which was attempting to claim a trademark on the term "root beer." It was also due to differences from other root beers at the time. The formulation contained more caffeine, less of a foamy "head," and was not sarsparilla-based like other root beer brands.

The traditional slogan was the simple affirmation "Drink Barq's. It's good" which first appeared on the classic diamond-necked bottle, patented in 1935 by Ed Barq.

In 1976, the Biloxi Barq's Company was purchased from the 3rd generation of Barq family members by John Oudt and John Koerner. An aggressive television campaign was developed based on the "Barq's Got Sparks" theme. Their plans to market the brand nationally were complicated by the existence of the Louisiana-based Barq's companies which were owned and operated by Robinson's heirs.

There were extended legal conflicts over the rights and ownership of the trademark Barq’s, Barq’s Sr. and Barq’s Root Beer. The legal battle went all the way to the United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit which ruled in favor of the Robinson heirs. The last family-held Louisiana Barq's was sold by Robinson's heirs to Coca-Cola in 2000.

In 1990, Barq's partnered with the Pick N Save grocery store in Dekalb, Illinois to create the World's Largest Root Beer Float. It was mixed in an above ground swimming pool in the parking lot and consisted of 1,500 gallons of Barq's root beer and 1,000 gallons of vanilla ice cream.

In recent years Barq's has been marketed with the slogan "Barq's has bite!"

Regular Barq's has 22.5 mg of caffeine per 12 ounce serving (similar to green tea), while Diet Barq's has no caffeine. Barq's also contains sodium benzoate as a flavor protectant, which under the right conditions, is a precursor to the known carcinogen benzene.[7]

The Barq's that is dispensed from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines is caffeine-free.[8] This is because the system uses the same concentrated, microdosed ingredient for both Barq's and Diet Barq's; the only difference between the two is the sweetener that is added.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caffeine Database | Caffeine and Ingredients in Barqs Rootbeer, OverCaffeinated.org's Report on the Ingredients in Barq's Rootbeer
  2. ^ February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22). "Coming Soon: Barq's Root Beer redesign". BevReview.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ "The Coca-Cola Company Product Nutrition". Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Review: Barq's Red Creme Soda". BevReview.com. 
  5. ^ Barbara Powell (June 13, 2003). "Coca-Cola launches drink that mimics a root-beer float". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  6. ^ "Digging for facts". bottlebooks.com. 
  7. ^ Retrieved 2014-10-12
  8. ^ Ingredient list on Barq's Freestyle cartridge

External links[edit]


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444 news items

 
Western Courier (subscription)
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:15:00 -0700

Barq's root-beer floats served as rewards during the Root Beer Olympics, organized by the Battle Alcohol Consequences (BAC) Squad, held on campus on Aug. 27. The BAC Squad is an organization in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource Center (AOD) at ...

USA TODAY

USA TODAY
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:01:32 -0700

I love my po'boys dressed and want Zapp's crawtators and Barq's root beer on the side. Those beads? That is my best friend throwing them to me actually, even though I will let you have them since you are very clearly a first-timer. That music you hear ...
 
CSPnet.com
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:33:45 -0700

The chain recently launched the Barq's Root Beer Float. This new menu addition combines the sharp taste of Barq's root beer with the sweet, refreshing flavor of vanilla ice cream. The new Barq's Root Beer Float is one option on the Sheetz frozen ...

TheStranger.com (blog)

TheStranger.com (blog)
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:40:03 -0700

They're powerfully flavored and often taste like melted Sweet Tarts. Hilliard's' JWBAS tones down the pucker but still keeps the punch associated with the typically Belgian brew. What Barq's is to other root beers, the JWBAS is to other sours. After a ...

NOLA.com

NOLA.com
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:37:30 -0700

A third side is also available on the plate for $2 more and don't forget to top it all off with a Barq's in the bottle. A Carty Family business, Sweet Daddy's is managed by Steve and Takami Carty who were familiar with Sweet Daddy's BBQ when they were ...

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0700

On Thursday, Sheetz will offer all loyalty card holders Sheetz's new Barq's Root Beer Float for $1.99 at all locations. (Typically the Root Beer Float is $3.29.) Although there isn't a Baltimore City location, there are Sheetz stores in Bel Air ...

Lansing State Journal

Lansing State Journal
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:05:36 -0700

Hard Root Beer (5.8% alcohol by volume) by Coney Island Brewing Company:"Nice root beer flavor, can especially taste licorice. Foamier than the competition. Delightful aftertaste, like Barq's but with alcohol." 4/5. Strawberry Short's Cake (5% ABV) by ...

SunHerald.com

SunHerald.com
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:03:45 -0700

Greg Stewart, executive director of Beauvoir, will talk about the history of the last home of Jefferson Davis, and Robert "Bones" Barq will tell his family's story and the birth of Barq's root beer. Tickets are $50, which includes a plate of shrimp ...
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