08/20/2005: Those Summer "Black Cows"...
"One of the delights of summer originated on this day 112 years ago. Frank Wisner, who owned the Cripple Creek Brewing Company in Colorado, put a scoop of vanilla ice cream into a glass of his Myers Avenue Red Root Beer.
His inspiration was seeing the nearby, snow-capped Cow Mountains in the moonlight.
He named his concoction the "Black Cow Mountain ice cream root beer float." Local youngsters loved it immediately and shortened the unwieldy name to the simple "black cow," which has stuck for more than a century.
The Cripple Creek Brewing Company is still in business, located in Illinois, and it still produces the Myers Avenue Red Root Beer.
Today, root beer, with or without ice cream, is part of the nearly 50 gallons of carbonated beverages each of us consumes every year."
Courtesy of US News Wire.
Karen on 08.20.05 @ 07:32 AM CST