Illinois rocks root beer. Brewpubs, stores and stands sell local variations on the dark, frosty nectar, including alcohol-added versions that pack a spicy punch.
During Prohibition, the beer maker stayed afloat by selling Bergo, a root beer-like draft soft drink. For years, Berghoff worked with Filbert's Old Time Draft Root Beer in Chicago, which has made its own beloved brew since 1926.
The tradition of syrup-making in a historic sugar maple grove near the company’s headquarters inspired the flavor.
The flavor won a Gold BevStar Award from Beverage World magazine.
The bottle label features Bigfoot, a nod to the Big Muddy Monster of local lore.
Founder Tim Kovac caught lightning in a bottle with his spicy yet potent alcoholic brew. In a few years, it shot from local fave to national best-seller.
Brand owner Gale Gand, a James Beard Award-winning chef, adds touches of cinnamon and ginger.
Enjoy it at the restaurant or take it home in a 64-ounce growler or 32-ounce howler.
At the counter or in the car, the root beer is just as tasty at this favorite south of Peoria. Try it in a float with chocolate ice cream.
Opened in 1940, the family-owned, family-run drive-in off Interstate-57 south of Chicago brews the root beer it serves.
When it gets nice out, Lou’s opens for the year. Since 1953, it has served brewed-on-site root beer from a wooden keg.
Taste vanilla and maple syrup in the root beer made and served at this place in a Mississippi River town north of St. Louis.
Part store, part soda fountain, this Main Street shop sells root beer in bottles to go or in a mug to drink right there.
The self-billed world’s first root beer saloon features an eye-popping display of antlers and taxidermy.
Classic car shows add to the retro feel of this stand. Opened in 1959, it retains the look of its A&W past.
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