I found a school assignment of mine from 2005, this would have been either my junior or senior year of highschool. For my English class we had to write a journal entry as someone from the past on a current (for them) event. So I picked the introduction of non-alcoholic root beer in 1876. Both my wife and I are big root beer fans and don’t drink alcohol – at least I’m consistent, right? Here is my final draft, for which I received an “A”!
Today at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition Charles Hires unveiled his completely non-alcoholic version of root-beer. Being a Quaker pharmacist he is opposed to intoxicating beverages. He says that he "discovered" the concoction on his honeymoon. He has now perfected it, and using a combination of over 25 American herbs, barks, and roots, as well as some European spices, he has created a delectable drink that is both tasty and fizzy!
You can still read the teacher’s notes on all my drafts!