Colorado Dining August 04, 2022
The Root Beer Float Was Invented Here In Colorado, And You Can Grab One From Sweet Cow
What do Chipotle, Coors, and the teddy bear all have in common? They were all invented by brilliant Coloradans! If you are impressed by these three, get ready to be even more enthralled, as Colorado also introduced the sweet and refreshing root beer float to the world:
It was 1893 when Cripple Creek Brewery owner Frank J. Wisner began experimenting with different flavors and mixtures, which brought about the first-ever root beer float!
Also known as a black or brown cow, the root beer float - complete with its creamy vanilla ice cream and refreshing soda - quickly gained popularity, with the newly-invented novelty becoming a staple at soda fountains everywhere.
Like most great inventions, others have claimed to have first discovered the root beer float, however, we - and most of the internet! - know that it was a Colorado creation.
Sadly, the Cripple Creek Brewery is no more, but there are still numerous places around Colorado to find a stellar root beer float, including the Denver-area Sweet Cow!
Featuring seven Front Range locations, Sweet Cow offers an old-fashioned float complete with its famous hand-crafted vanilla ice cream and delicious Boylan Root Beer.
While we recommend the Root Beer Float, Sweet Cow also offers other cool treats, including dozens of flavors of ice cream, sammies (ice cream sandwiches), shakes, and more.
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