National Root Beer Float Day recognizes another truly American and tasty treat invented in Cripple Creek, Colorado in 1893. One hot August night Frank J. Wisner, the owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, looked out his window and saw a full moon shining over the dark peak of Cow Mountain and it gave him an idea. He poured a bottle of Myers Avenue Red Root Beer into a mug and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream – the root beer float was born. Originally served with the name “Black Cow Mountain,” local kids eventually called it simply a “Black Cow.”
Today, the Root Beer Float is a popular summertime beverage that pairs well with most outdoor barbecued foods and also makes a fine dessert. There are many different recipe variations, including adult versions. Check out alcohol-friendly root beer float recipes on Yummly – click here.
National Root Beer Float Day is celebrated annually on August 6th.