March 21, 1995 |
Zoe Daly may be only 3 years old, but she knows exactly what she wants. Blue-eyed and cherubic, Zoe leaned forward from her perch in the front seat of the dark-green minivan, and with a beaming smile stated her one desire: "A grilled cheese sandwich. " It was this kid-sized craving that brought Zoe, 18-month-old Kane, and their extremely pregnant mom, Diane Daly, from Riverton yesterday to Weber's Drive-In. The creamsicle-colored hamburger and root beer stand, whose spinning orange sign has been a harbinger of spring for almost 50 years, raised its flaps yesterday for the first time this year.
October 4, 1992 |
Question: Years ago, I found in a dump an empty light-blue glass bottle marked in raised letters "Hires Root Beer" and "Manufactured by the Charles E. Hires Co., Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.A., Makes Five Gallons of a Delicious Drink. " It's about 5 inches high and has a squared-off base. How old and valuable is it? Answer: The book to check is the new Root Beer Advertising and Collectibles by Tom Morrison (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., $24.95), which illustrates about a dozen amber, aqua and clear glass Hires bottles like yours, from the 1880s and 1890s.
August 16, 2009
Nothing beats a frosty mug of freshly pumped root beer hanging off a car window tray at one of South Jersey's genuinely old-school Weber's Drive-Ins. And few things could make me happier than the resurgence of more artisan renditions of root beer, which has suddenly become the country's hottest liquid flavor du jour. Among the best local examples is a crisp non-alcoholic draft from Downingtown's Victory (on tap now at Varga bar), and an herbaceously homemade brew at Chifa, which gets poured over horchata ice cream for an exotic Nuevo Latino float.
January 31, 1997 |
State Sen. Hank Salvatore has been in the Legislature for a quarter century, so he knows something about politics. But does he know anything about root beer? For the last 18 months, Salvatore has had the audacity to market a root beer with his name on it, Hank's, in Philadelphia, the birthplace of root beer. We wondered, can Hank's go toe to toe with Hires? And why would a town full of Democrats drink root beer made by a Republican? To answer these questions, we arranged a sitdown yesterday between the heads of the warring factions.
April 6, 1994 |
Dear Anne and Nan: I have a freezer that has a fishy smell. It's really bad! I've tried everything I can think of and nothing helps. Can you help me? I am desperate! - Rosalie Kisner, Salem, Ohio Dear Rosalie: After emptying your freezer, wipe down the walls with vanilla. Be sure that you wipe the door seals and around the fan area at the back of the freezer as well. Rinse with plain water. When you replace the food, put one or two saucers of instant coffee crystals in the freezer compartment.
March 24, 1994 |
Some annual rites of spring: Getting your car detailed. Filling out your bracket in the NCAA office pool. Pining for an old love. And chugging down a root beer at Weber's. Sunday marked the official first day of spring. But until the orange balls of Weber's, South Jersey's time-honored root beer stand, crank into motion along Route 38, everybody knows spring isn't really here yet. "I saw those orange balls going," said Jayne Farkas of Oaklyn in between bites of her cheesesteak, "and I told my husband we have to stop and have lunch here.
February 14, 1988 |
The West Chester Public Library threw a 100th birthday party for itself last Sunday. Members of the Friends of the Library showed up in Victorian costume and served goodies such as root beer, pretzels and gingerbread cookies. Among the items on sale were lace bookmarks and lace sachet. The event kicked off a series of events this year to mark the library's centennial. Next month, there will be a talk on authors from West Chester. A gala centennial celebration will be held in June, a talk will be given on the library's stained-glass windows in November and an open house is planned for Christmas.
August 11, 2011
LIKE DINOSAURS, the dodo and disco, some beer goes extinct, too. It's a result of evolution, of course: The fittest survive while the weak disappear. Typically, the lost ones were obscure regional varieties that fell under the weight of widely distributed brands. Others were best-sellers that simply lost favor as tastes and customs changed. Dortmund Adambier, Pennsylvania Swankey, Grodziski, Broyhan, Kentucky Common - one can't help feel a bit of nostalgic regret for the forgotten names.
June 23, 1996 |
The Frosted Mug drive-in on Route 130 looks straight off the set of a Hollywood movie. First, there's the scene - the jukebox, the friendly car-hops, the red vinyl booths and the Formica counters. Then there's the food - grilled juicy burgers on fresh-baked rolls; crisp, salty fries, and frothy mugs of the sweetest root beer. Owners Dan and Joan Biviano of Pennsauken hope such a scene takes you back to your childhood - or perhaps the childhood you wish you had. So far, their plan has drawn considerable crowds.
February 13, 2010 |
They are a throwback to the 1950s. Elvis Presley. Root beer floats. Drive-in movie theaters, and smooching in the backseat. Ah, nostalgia. The drive-in hamburger joint. Sonic, which calls itself the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, has come to a neighborhood near you - six in metropolitan Philadelphia, including Bensalem, Levittown and the Northeast, as well as Audubon, Camden County, and Hainesport. The latest Sonic opened Feb. 1 in Feasterville on Bustleton Pike, at County Line Road.