Update: 2012-03-05 Someone kindly dropped me a mail letting me know that A&W root beer is stocked at a Spar near the Vicar Street venue.
Update: 2011-01-13 Yankee Soda seem to have stopped stocking A&W root beer unfortunately; they now stock “DAD’S” root beer, but I have no idea what that tastes like. The search continues
Update: Apparently it is infrequently stocked in Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street in Dublin at €1.55 a can. Although F&B recently went into administration, so may not be there for long.
No proper answers that I can see, at least, some awful chinese root beer from an oriental supermarket does not count as root beer. When I say root beer, I mean none other than A&W Root Beer, purveyors of deliciousness. I became mildly addicted to this stuff on my first trip to the United States in 2002. I became permanently hooked on my second visit in 2007 and subsequent minor trip.
It’s a bit of a love it or hate it taste, if you haven’t tried it and liked it, it’s probably not worth the gamble, but if you like this stuff and can’t find it anywhere, I’ve found a reliable and relatively inexpensive retailer!
Yankee Soda, although probably one of the less “graceful” user experiences out there, has a pretty attractive price at £16.95 for 24 cans, with £5.50 delivery to the Republic of Ireland. I wouldn’t trust that site with my credit card, but fortunately they offer PayPal as an option. Turnaround time for delivery was an unbelievable two days, delivered to my workplace by courier.
So, if you’ve been looking for Root Beer but haven’t been able to get any satisfaction, try these guys, I’m ordering my second batch now as I’ve made short work of my first crate in just over a week.