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    That's right--my town is pretending it's in California and that it's last year!!

    Last night the lights went out, and the power hasn't been back all day.

    So I'm stuck using the library's computer to get on here. It's a mixed bag. On one hand, I've got Air Conditioning around me--AAAAHHHHHH.... also screens come up super-fast due to their high-speed connection. Nice.

    On the other hand, I'm having a giant nicotine fit, and I need a Barq's Root Beer to no end.

    I hope it comes on quick--hopefully it'll be on by the time I drive home!!!

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    The power went off here a month ago. Heh. Two hours after I stocked up on candles.

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    Maybe they're in cahoots with the candle company. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    Anyway, my hopes came true--the power is back on.

    Even though I'm sweating, at least I'm sitting at home now with a nice cold Barq's next to me <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif>

    But I think I'll order some candles, just in case it happens again.

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    You USA folk sure have some strange names for things. What is "Root Beer"?

    I don't know about your country, but over here "root" has two meanings.

    1. Root: The root of a tree or a plant
    2. Root: To have sex.

    Beer with an aphrodisiac. What a brilliant idea. Perhaps you could send a few bottles of Barq's to my wife. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Root beer is distilled from birch roots, and made into a carbonated beverage. Not too much different than coke/pepsi. Maybe you have it there by a different name?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Deelz:
    Root beer is distilled from birch roots, and made into a carbonated beverage. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    That's birch beer. Different stuff - PA Dutch in origin - in fact I'm drinking some right now. Never heard of caffeine in it. Root beer is made from - sassafrass.

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    We only drink beer made after the Purity Law:
    Barley, Hops and Water. It's only recently that other imports were allowed on the Norwegian market at all.

    All this talk makes me thirsty. I'm opening a can of Lager. You can read about how to make good beer in the meantime:

    Following is an English translation of the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) adopted in 1516, the oldest provision still enforced to protect the consumer. This is taken from the article "History of German Brewing" by Karl J. Eden, published in 'zymurgy' magazine, Vol. 16, No. 4 Special 1993.
    ---------------------------------------------"We hereby proclaim and decree, by Authority of our Province, that henceforth in the Duchy of Bavaria, in the country as well as in the cities and marketplaces, the following rules apply to the sale of beer:
    "From Michaelmas to Georgi, the price for one Mass [Bavarian Liter 1,069] or one Kopf [bowl-shaped container for fluids, not quite one Mass], is not to exceed one Pfennig Munich value, and

    "From Georgi to Michaelmas, the Mass shall not be sold for more than two Pfennig of the same value, the Kopf not more than three Heller [Heller usually one-half Pfennig].

    "If this not be adhered to, the punishment stated below shall be administered.

    "Should any person brew, or otherwise have, other beer than March beer, it is not to be sold any higher than one Pfennig per Mass.

    "Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities' confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail.

    "Should, however, an innkeeper in the country, city or markets buy two or three pails of beer (containing 60 Mass) and sell it again to the common peasantry, he alone shall be permitted to charge one Heller more for the Mass of the Kopf, than mentioned above. Furthermore, should there arise a scarcity and subsequent price increase of the barley (also considering that the times of harvest differ, due to location), WE, the Bavarian Duchy, shall have the right to order curtailments for the good of all concerned."

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    LOL OveB - you must think we're a bunch o' drunks here [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    One thing none of us mentioned is that neither Root Beer nor Birch Beer is fermented - ie it is non-alcoholic<IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon38.gif>

    A Lager does sound good right about now ...

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    OPS! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    I did notice some beer drinkers in here, yes.
    I'm not going to say what I thought. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    Had no idea they were non-alcoholic. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
    What's the point of a non-alcoholic beer???
    Might as well drink water or Coke.

    Anyway, the Lager was just right. It's 2.07 AM here, so it feels like a perfect way to round off a hectic day.

    Now, if I can only get my head to stop spinning around with ideas on how to make more money, I might get some sleep too. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Ove,

    As Haakon VII said to my godfather ...

    "Ya, na skall de veare godt med en Toborg"
    (Forgive my spelling)

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    Take it from me you wont like root beer. Do you have a burn ointment called "Germolene" I think it is a pinky color? If you do Root beer tastes like that.

    It is vile to the English taste yet these Americans and Canadians love it.
    Just goes to show if your country aint got a decent beer you'll drink owt [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Do you have a burn ointment called "Germolene" I think it is a pinky color? If you do Root beer tastes like that. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think it tastes more like Creomulsion or whatever that cough syrup was that was made from creosote.

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    Either way it tastes terrible [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    I guess you Martians are a bit like us Europeans then eh? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Okay I admit to ending most evenings coding in the summer with a dark lager. Would prefer a British bitter ale.

    Tuborg makes a non-alchoholic malt that some non-North Americans say is similar to root beer. Of course, they're wrong. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] But my kids like the malt beverages, and they seem less destructive than Coca Cola &reg;.

    Glad your electricity is back on, Leader!

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    Tell me, I heard cocacola was addictive, is this true?

    Tuborg also do an alcoholic drink (bottled) called Gold Label if ever you get a chance it try do so, it is wonderful.

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    What's the gold label? I've only seen red and green labels. And the malt, but I forget what color that label is.

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    First of all, there is absolutely NOTHING Beer-like about root "beer"!

    Instead of being bitter and yecchy, it is sweet and GOOD! And you can drink tons of it without getting plowed. Which is good, when you're trying to do something which requires any kind of *thought*!

    The reason to drink root beer instead of Coca-Cola, is because the taste of any type of cola sucks and root beer is good. But yes--root beer is a "soft drink" of the same *general* nature.

    If you guys think it tastes like an ointment or cough syrup--you simply drank the wrong brand of root beer. There is a VAST quality difference among brands. Some of it is indeed undrinkable--for instance, that "Mug" brand swill Pepsico puts out. But Barq's, on the other hand, is very good!

    No matter how root beer USED TO be made, it now has the same basic ingredients of all pop (soda):


    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>From side of Barq's can:
    Ingredients:
    Carbonated Water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose, caramel color, sodium benzoate (to protect taste), citric acid, caffeine, artificial and natural flavors, acacia.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    The difference in the taste between brands is all in that second-to-last ingredient: the flavoring!

    Those ingreadients don't sound like much but it really is yummy! My "elixer of life"! (Opens can) *Pssschkt!* Aaaaahhh...

    BTW, Barq's is the only brand around here that still has enough sense to put caffeine in it.

    Gordon--years and years ago (1920s or 1930s), Coke used to have actual cocaine leaf extract in it! That's where the name "coca" comes from--the cola with coca in it, Coca-Cola. When cocaine was made illegal, they switched--to caffeine. (They wanted an ingredient to give the drinker a "lift".)

    I would assume that the caffeine is less addictive than the coca! But yes indeed--it was addictive.

    At least with Barq's I don't have to tolerate the awful taste of Coke (or coffee/tea, ecch!) to get my caffeine charge!

    (For some reason, Coke's the best selling brand of pop. And that reason must be advertising! It sure isn't the *taste* of it...)

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    Thanks for that information Leader.
    I guess I must have had one of those horrible flavoured ones. I will keep an eye out for Barq's and let you know what I think of that one. I am asuming we Canadians can get it way up here.

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    Gordon;

    Yep, Barq's is available here in Canada. I would also suggest that you go into your local A & W (actually go in, not the drive-thru) and order a root beer. It will come in a frosted mug that makes it ice cold. That is truly the way to experience root beer!

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    Gordon,

    Your'e right on the money with the A&W idea. I would also suggest driving up to the A&W and order a large root beer. Sip it down a little while you drive to Dairy Queen. Go inside and have them plop some ice cream into your root beer. Best root beer float around! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM :cool:

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