This is the big one. The Grandaddy of all root beers. I finally broke down and bought 2 twelve packs off amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004743S5O?keywords=hires%20root%20beer&qid=1456775867&ref_=sr_1_1_s_it&s=grocery&sr=1-1 for $30.
Hires was once the king of root beers and the one I remember well from my childhood. It was bought out by A&W and shelved for the most part with only a small amount being made for sale every year from one factory. In the interest of Root Beer Party history, I took it upon myself to find some and let you know if it still lives up to the stuff of legend.
This is what root beer means to me. when I poured the Hires into the mug, it was foamy, and the foam stayed in the glass, it did not melt away instantly like most root beers, and it smells like what root beer is supposed to smell like. Like Proust with his Madeleine cookie, it took me back to childhood. Hires is still as smooth as ever, the perfect balance of spice to vanilla. what more can you say, it is the root beer by which all others are measured.
It is sad that people can no longer get Hires at the local market, being made in Pennsylvania, it would seem that it could be easily obtained on the east coast, but it is elusive to find and expensive to get a hold of, but when you do, you will know what root beer is all about. This is the guy who invented it after all. Hires was the first to market a root beer soda, before that it was a drink that was brewed like tea.
If you are lucky enough to come across a can, or crazy enough to pay $30 dollars than consider yourself one of the lucky ones. I recommend you indulge yourself at least once and try it for yourself. This is 11 out of 10 in the ratings, it is what root beer is supposed to be by the people who made it what it is today. So until next time True Believers, may your mug always be frosted and your Hires root beer always foamy.