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Barqs Root Beer
The brand Barqs was founded in 1898, in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is an American brand of pop, which is mostly known for its root beer. The name was shortened in the year 2012. Up until then, Barqs was known as 'Barq's Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer'. The brand is owned by the Coca-Cola Company today.
The history of the brand Barqs
Barqs was founded by the brothers Edward Charles Edmond Barq and his older brother Gaston. They manufactured carbonated water and various soft drinks of their own creation. The most popular drink they created was a pop called 'Orangine'. This drink was such a hit, that it won a gold medal in the 1893 World's Exposition World's Fair in Chicago. 1897 was a turning point for Edward Barq, when he moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, with his new wife. The next year, he opened the Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works. Therefore, 1898 is generally considered the year that the popular root beer came to be. However, some sources say that this particular beverage was not produced until 1900.
Some years later, Barq met a young man named Jesse Robinson. Robinson was trained by Barq, who taught him the secrets of the trade. When Robinson moved to New Orleans, a rarely seen agreement was closed between him and Edward Barq. The agreement was about the product rights and ensured that Robinson was allowed to make his own concentrate. The two men remained close all their lives, and worked together on various new flavours and production challenges.
Even though the most popular drink of Barqs could not be promoted as root beer for a long time (because they wanted to avoid a conflict with Hires Root Beer), it is exactly this popular beverage which has ensured the brand's future.
Products from the selection of Barqs
Over the years, various soft drinks have been marketed under name of Barq's. Aside from the regular (and popular) root beer, there was also a special 'diet' edition without caffeine. Other products in the selection are Barq's Red Creme Soda, Diet Barqs Red Creme Soda and Barqs French Vanilla Crème Soda. Some Barq's products that were marketed in the past are not available any more, such as Diet Barq's French Vanilla Crème Soda and Barqs Floatz. The latter was made to taste like root beer, but wasn't a great success.
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