I know this is a older post. Down here you never know what's going to turn up when you start diggingGreat 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.
Cool thanks, I live a hour from New OrleansI 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.