National Root Beer Float Day at Whole Foods

Whole Foods on Walnut and Beacon is celebrating National Root Beer Float Day tomorrow, Wednesday, August 6th with live music, and weather permitting, a 1955 Thunderbird! Plus, lots of root beer and ice cream!

Please come by tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm.

 

A man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float in August of 1893. His early version was also known as a “black cow.”

One night, as Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters that was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek, he came upon an idea.  The full moon that night that was shining on the snow-capped Cow Mountain reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  He hurried back to his bar and added a scoop to the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red root beer, tried it, liked it and served it the very next day.  It was an immediate hit.

Wisner named the new creation, “Black Cow Mountain” but the local children shortened the name to “Black Cow“. from National Day Calendar

To make one of these delicious beverages, just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass of root beer. (Note: If you reverse the directions and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll end up with a big mess!)

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