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Barq's Root Beer

Today14

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Jun 24, 2020
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Great question Bob.
Many mysteries abound in the search for Barq's history. I don't know if it was just really bad record keeping or maybe some things were kept hush hush for so long that the truths are now like muddied water.
Here's what I do know about south Louisiana. You can draw an imaginary horizontal line between Alexandria and Lafayette. The good folks to the south of that line are independent and a little on the stubborn side. They will give you the shirt off their back but don't dare try to order them around. I've had many good friends from Acadiana (south central area of LA) and they are some of the most generous people in the world. The folks in the New Orleans area are a different group of people. They are living in a different world than the rest of the state.
I know this is a older post. Down here you never know what's going to turn up when you start digging
I seem to recall an early stoneware Barq's for Ginger Beer. I'll try to run it down in one of my ancient reference books.
Cool thanks, I live a hour from New Orleans
 
Feb 4, 2021
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I realize Barq's may be a regional root beer but I was just curious if anyone here has any of the older bottles from turn-of-century or even the teens. Until today I didn't know this drink originated in southern MS and New Orleans. I would like to see some of those earlier bottles if anyone has something to share.
I have a pristine 1850s Biloxi Ms. Bottle all in tact.
 

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hemihampton

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And what was the first full year of Operation? Nice Bottle by the way. It's known as a Hutchinson Bottle. Which were first produced in 1879.

P.S. Welcome to the site.
 
Feb 4, 2021
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And what was the first full year of Operation? Nice Bottle by the way. It's known as a Hutchinson Bottle. Which were first produced in 1879.

P.S. Welcome to the site.
And what was the first full year of Operation? Nice Bottle by the way. It's known as a Hutchinson Bottle. Which were first produced in 1879.

P.S. Welcome to the site.
there is no date. On the front of the bottle it says Biloxi Artisian Bottle Works E. Barq Biloxi Ms. With some numbets at the bottom that looks like 122'02
 

hemihampton

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Not 1850s but closer to first full year of operation. I want to find a good home for it. I am the last in my bloodline and it's time to let go.

When you say not 1850 but closer to first full year of operation, what do mean by first full year of operation? operation of what? the bottling works? or something else?
 
Feb 4, 2021
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When you say not 1850 but closer to first full year of operation, what do mean by first full year of operation? operation of what? the bottling works? or something else?
Vincent Sims knows more than i do but it is the first Barq's Root Beer bottle design. The lid was sealed with a gadget that is still in the bottle that if you pushed it or successful in pulling out it made a pop sound. The bottle is one of the few bottles intact pristine from when the family began bottling the root beer in Ms. I know the minimum retail cost is $300. I am researching more. I have reached out to the museum creator via the local TV station who did the initial story.
 

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