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it is very difficult to get american root beer in the uk because apparently the secret ingredient is "poison" - as if i could not already tell this from the taste. i still want some

@oddity absolutely. we've got a sort of drink here called "tap water" - is this of any interest

@pisscotheque I have a natural spring near my house, so no thank you.

@pisscotheque

I'm sure I've seen some. Is it the sarsaparilla that's poison?

My friend got some Australian root beer off ocado and it was good for float purposes.

I think I've seen A&W at cybercandy.

There also exist weird fizzy vitamin c tablets that make artificially sweetened rootbeer. They are even more poison than normal rootbeer, but I think you can mail order them.

@celesteh apparently it's the sodium benzoate?? dunno why root beer specifically has so much. a&w is easy enough to come by online at a decent price but i reeeeallly want some barq's

@pisscotheque

Looking at wikipedia, I think it's because the US ads it and the UK has switched to a different preservative. The danger level is low.

I used to drink a can of Barqs every afternoon at 4pm. I also had a weird rash and eventually I realised they were correlated. Anyway, it turns out there's a lot of caffeine in Barqs, which makes it really hard to quit!

Do you have a soda stream? Rootbeer flavour plus sugar could be a war forward. Or it's dead easy to brew if you get the concentrate.

@celesteh ooOOOOH i didn't realise you could just make your own, maybe this will be my salvation!! though also, maybe i will just get some a&w if sustained barq's use can have those side effects...

@pisscotheque

I used to have eczema more generally but it cleared up when I transitioned.

@pisscotheque @celesteh a friend of mine make root beer all the time from extract. It's quite good

@kevinwhipwrecked yeah like if each can takes a day off my life, what was i really going to be doing with that time anyway

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