Sunday, August 2, 2009

Root Beer Hall of Foam

I'm a big fan of kitsch (as long as it's not in my home). I'm also a big fan of root beer (always welcome in the house). Combine the two, and I'm in hog heaven. Located in Snead's Ferry, N.C., Dr. Rootbeer's Hall of Foam is an ideal celebration of both root beer and kitsch. Open since 2004, Dr. Rootbeer's was created by Jerome Gundrum, a root beer enthusiast and memorabilia collector. Jerome also brews his own root beer, Dr. Rootbeer's Premium Vintage Blend, and serves it at the Hall, along with

fountain concoctions such as a Black Cow (root beer and chocolate ice cream); Ultra Vanilla (cream soda with vanilla ice cream); Orange Cream (orange soda and vanilla ice cream); Lime Rickie (old-fashioned lime soda with vanilla ice cream; or, the mother-of-all root beer drinks, the Root Beer Float (shown above). On display at the Hall of Foam are many signs and items of root beer memorabilia that Jerome has collected over the years. He has also just opened another location in Myrtle Beach, S.C. So, if you happen to be anywhere Snead's Ferry, N.C. or Myrtle Beach, stop in and see the Dr. You'll be glad you did.