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Franklin Fountain Poor Richard’s Root Beer

I have heard the tales of this root beer for a while now and have intended to get it for a long while but it never worked out that I was in Philadelphia with some free time at the same time they were open. But this time the stars aligned and all was good in the world. If you have never been to the Franklin Fountain or heard about it, they try to recreate a very olde tyme soda fountain feel, perhaps an early 1900s sort of thing. the workers are all dressed in that style, the cash register is one of those huge old gold ones, they sell phosphates and egg creams and use paper straws. the root beer being in a separate root beer barrel dispenser was a super nice extra touch as well.
it is not often at all that i say “Wow!” after tasting a new soda, especially almost 700 sodas in. but this one did that! it is the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, it’s one swell soda pop. now, if i were to guess what this would taste like before trying it, i would have said “herbal, perhaps almost medicinal.” although it is pretty herbal, it is not in the way I expected. it does not come across as medicinal at all. there is a very heavy cinnamon flavor along with a heavy dose of licorice and other herbs. there is little to no carbonation but I didn’t even notice that for a while. the flavor just overwhelmed me. it’s very strong and full but not heavy. there is enough sweetness to give it a sweet feel but staying with what i’d expect of an old drink. i am very glad i got a large as this is one of the best drinks i have ever had. if you can, go try this. it is definitely the best on-tap root beer i’ve ever had.

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Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: PA

Obtained in: at the Fountain
Head: None Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

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  1. Karen says:

    I finally had a chance to sample this yesterday. Phenomenal. I wish I could get to Philadelphia more often.

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