Art in the Age "Root" Organic Liqueur (750ml)
This bartender favorite is a dead ringer for spiked root beer, with its deep brown hue and notes of sarsaparilla, allspice and birch bark. Sweet but not overwhelmingly so, this USDA and Oregon Tilth certified liqueur is made with North American herbs and cane sugar. (KN)
In the 1700s, it was called Root Tea. An herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark, and other wild roots and herbs. Native Americans taught the recipe to colonial settlers. As it was passed it down from generation to generation, it grew in potency and complexity. Particularly in the Pennsylvania hinterlands, where the ingredients naturally grow in abundance. At the close of the 19th century, as the Temperance movement conspired to take the fun out of everything, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol from Root Tea and rechristened it (ironically) "Root Beer." He did this so that hard-drinking Pennsylvania coal miners and steelworkers could enjoy it in place of true alcoholic refreshment. The rest, as you know, is flaccid history. Art in the Age thought it would be interesting and fun to turn back the clock and recreate a true pre-Temperance alcoholic Root Tea. They've even made it certified organic, since back then, everything was organic. This is the opposite of corporate culture. It’s a genuine experience rooted in history. It is a truly interesting and contemplative quaff. Certainly like nothing else we have ever tasted before. It is NOT Root Beer-flavored vodka or a sickly-sweet liqueur, but something entirely different. Beware--this product is 40% alcohol.