Adam and Rebecca Hanson offered me and a handful of others the chance to experience a unique taste of history. Literally. I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Antiqology’s first ever Soda Tasting. Two groups of ten participants were able to taste ten of their most popular root beers. We sat at their soda bar, facing a beautiful brick wall filled with shelves upon shelves of gourmet soda. Today our eyes, and the rest of our senses, were on the root beer. We were treated to a brief history lesson on root beer in general and the specific brands tasted during the event. Adam presented us with a wealth of knowledge and I discovered that there is rich history to back up the rich flavors of these root beers. We learned about how it is made, what sorts of ingredients are typically used and some of the historical events that have impacted the drink’s production, such as Prohibition.
But ten different root beers? Don’t they all taste the same? We discovered that all root beer is not created equal. Of course, flavor is often a matter of opinion. Antiqology offers a wide range of root beers. They currently carry 27 different varieties of the stuff. Some are creamy with a frothy head, while others are a bit more bitter or feature a more minty or anise flavor. Some offer a unique flavor on top of the root beer, such as Dang! Butterscotch Root Beer or the Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer. Each carries a subtly different aroma, consistency, aftertaste and of course flavor.Whether you like a more subtle flavor or something with a powerful kick of creamy goodness, Antiqology’s root beer will not disappoint. Each offers something a little different. Some have similarities, while others are drastically different. You can drink them by the bottle, or use them to make a delicious root beer float. They even have a delicious 1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer on tap, which makes for a wonderful float. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, so I encourage you to go and taste them all. Find out what your favorite root beer is!
We sampled only 10 of the 27 root beers currently offered at Antiqology. They boast almost 200 different sodas to choose from overall. Rebecca and Adam were friendly hosts and are a joy to get to know. The unique, knowledgeable, friendly atmosphere is one of the things that drew me to the local shop offering not just sodas, but also ice cream, old-fashioned candy and a selection of vintage items and antiques as well. If you’re looking for a local history lesson, the owners can tell you about the history of the area and some of the pieces they have featured. Antiqology is quickly becoming a social and cultural hotspot for people of all ages. If you’re in the Huntington area and are looking for a unique stop, I encourage you to check out Antiqology.
You can find them at 401 N. Jefferson St. Huntington, IN 46750.