Their were an abundance of these bottles made as all of the older local drugstores had shelves filled with these bottles. Hires Root Beer kits, available in the and Canada from the early 1900s through the 1980s allowed consumers to mix an extract with water, sugar and yeast to brew their own root beer. The following bottles all say they are from Philadelphia. Using your link, I went to the site, clicked on Nutritional Information. Appearently thought I will be visiting a state noted up above that still sells it.
It's from the 1904 St. I grew up in Utah, California, and Arizona and drank nothing but Hires until I got to college. I loved how the smooth vanilla taste predominated; so unlike the wintergreen flavor of other brands. Hires-really saw what the thousands looked at. At Philadelphia's in 1876, he gained new customers by giving away free glasses of root beer. The answer lies in the beverage industry and their mistaken belief that a company should support only one line of a given product.
I had net seen Hires Root Beer in years and picked up a 12 pack. Hires describes below the typical old fashioned Philadelphia drug store in which he laid the foundation of his fortune and describes his first opportunity and how he took advantage of it. But I have not had a sip of Hires in over six years. Talked to the plant mgr. My thought was that these cakes could be sold for five cents.
Front these sales I was enabled to better stock my store, and after selling this supply of clay, I renewed it several times from, cellar excavations, because I found that nearly all Philadelphia is underlaid with a strata of three or four feet of potter's clay. In doing so the soft drinks industry that we know today was born. Most of the later Hires bottles do not. I live in New Jersey and have not been able to find Hires for over 10 years. As they had some distance to cart the dirt from this excavation, he very gladly, when he learned where to deliver it, assented to my having all I wanted of it, and was glad to give it to me. Every so often there comes a time when people need to band together to change the world, one of those times is now. We have a strong customer following that is very upset about the lack of Hires.
Probably from Mexico, wouldn't you think? Anyway, I miss it just like everyone else here. Back in the day it was made with Cane Sugar. This was despite the fact that the beverage only contained a trace amount of alcohol. A few of you have contacted us recently, so I wanted to come to the source of the information to let you all know. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and many nutritionists would like to slap a on sugary beverages. While the cakes were soft, I pressed these letters in, which made a very distinct impression.
Sadly, it has been unavailable for nearly 30 years. It has been the prototype of a whole series of imitations and substitutes, but still retains its precedence. Hires marketed it as a solid concentrate of sixteen wild roots and berries. You acquire a competitor and then let it die. Hires Rootin'-Tootin' Rabble-Rousin', lion-roarin', Roman-candle-lightin' Root Beer! Yet they still picture the Hires brand on their website but when you look at the avaiability search it is not listed.
I see I am in good company with others wanting that product back. They have now added the nutritional information. I found out today that it is still sold in 2 locations in Ohio and West Virginia. We are only going to address embossed bottles in this article, and only bottles that have a city or state included as part of the embossing. Call up the toll free number and enter your zip code to find the product and chances are unless you live near North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, Nevada or Washington you will not be able to find it. It occurred to me that I might put up potters clay in convenient sized cakes that would be handy to retail and more convenient for people to use, as at that time potter's clay was sold in a loose way in broken clumps and powder which caused a great deal of dirt and dust in handling.
Good Luck, long live Hires!!! I hope that the Canadian rights holder can bring it here with no changes. As for Hires Root Beer bottles, I bet no one's ever seen the one attached below. So this is what all the old timers would complain about when I was a kid. It is nice to know there are still a few places left you can get Hires at. The last time I spoke with Rick Sweeney who lives here in southern California and spearheaded the books , he said the books had pretty much run their course and because of other reasons was done with it.