Before I left north america I was deep into an obsession with root beer. I even got my friend Camilla to make me a root beer cake for my 30th birthday etc. Even though all major sodas are available in Taiwan for some inexplicable reason there is no root beer, however, there is a locally produced beverage called HeySong Sasparilla which tastes nothing like root beer. Maybe Hey Song have powerful connections or worked out some deal with Coke or Pepsi to keep out root beer. I wrote to somebody awhile ago that it reminds me of chocolate that I tasted in Yugoslavia in 1989 which tasted like somebody had told somebody else about chocolate but the maker had never tasted it. Anyways much to my delight a week or so ago I discovered an annoying western yuppy style grocery store that carries A&W root beer with the exorbitant price tag of 35 NT$ which is over $1 US per can which is expensive for a grocery store. It is the most expensive soda I’ve found, even topping Orangina which can be found semi-easily for 25NT$. What’s kind of shcoking is that I always considered A&W at best, a fringe player in the root beer market primarily dominated by Barq’s and maybe Mug. The cheapskate in me and the inconvenience of the grocery store is preventing me from truly indulging.
Who cares? Root Beer edition.