The drink favoured by kids across the US now has an adult version. Yippee!

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Not your father's root beer

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The root beer float is all grown-up. 


As the trend for brewing beers with everything from carrots to oysters continues, independent breweries are tapping into soda-style beers as the next big thing.


Enter boozy root beer, which has emerged as a hit in the United States this summer, according to Bloomberg.


Small Town Brewery in Illinois, US, which is a producer of Not Your Father's Root Beer, is in particular demand after scoring 94 out of 100 on Beer Advocate. The independent brewery's boozy root beer, first produced in 2013, is made with sassafras bark, vanilla, anise, wintergreen and handfuls of additional spices.


So, why go for hard root beer? Well, in addition to its nostalgic appeal and the current craze for sweet cocktails, it's all about the taste, naturally.


"As far as the popularity goes, it’s pretty simple: it tastes pretty good. It tastes like root beer, only with alcohol that you can’t really taste anyway," Atlanta-based consultant Matt Simpson, also known as the Beer Sommelier, tells Bloomberg.


Simpson says the beer is particularly well-suited to mixing with bourbon, describing the flavours as "almost like an alco-pop".


In the UK? You can still get your hands on the tasty version of the stuff, courtesy of Australian brand, Bundaberg, whose boozy rooty beer is brewed with sarsaparilla root, liquorice root, vanilla beans and molasses.


Vanilla ice-cream scoop to top it off? Optional.


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