Barqs Root Beer Started in a Small Mississippi House

Root beer soda is a soft drink that has been around a long time and there's a reason why. With its explosion of unique flavors like french vanilla, sassafras, and licorice, there's no doubt that Americans love their root beer. I'm sure you've heard of A&W root beer or have been to an A&W root beer stand, but another popular brand, bottled by the Coca-Cola Company, is Barq's Root Beer.

Known for its delicious flavor and containing caffeine, as they say, "Barq's has bite." Going all the way back to the 1890s, the Barq's Brothers Bottling Company bottled carbonated water and other soft drinks in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was founded by Edward Charles Edmond Barq and his older brother Gaston. In 1898, they moved to the town of Biloxi, Mississippi. Even more interesting, the brothers bottled their products right in this small home pictured below.

Where Was Barqs Root Beer Created?

This historical structure was built around 1898 and home to Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works. Edward Barq, Sr began experimenting with different flavors of soft drinks and eventually created Barq's Root Beer at this site. A huge hit right off the bat, Barq's Root Beer went on to become the number one favorite soft drink.


With its simple slogan, "Drink Barq's. It's good," this soft drink was produced at this site until 1936 and then moved to a bigger plant in Biloxi. By the 1950s, there were over 200 Barq plants across the United States.

For a period of time in 1938, caffeine was banned in root beer by the federal government, so a caffeine-free formula had to be created. Eventually, the ban for caffeine-free root beer was lifted in the 1960s, allowing the original formula to be produced once again. To this day, Barq's Root Beer is one of the only brands that contains caffeine. In 1995, Barq's became part of The Coca-Cola Company with its headquarters moving to Atlanta, Georgia.

Nowadays, you can grab a variety of Barq's products at the grocery store and fill up your favorite root beer mug. Barq's red creme soda, cream soda, diet root beer, or just stick with the classic root beer. Whatever flavor you choose, you know Barq's won't let you down.

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