About National Stewart’s Root Beer Day
Stewart's Root Beer is a brand made in the United States. Stewart's are nostalgic "old fashioned" fountain sodas, having originated at the Stewart's Restaurants, a chain of root beer stands started in 1924 by Frank Stewart in Mansfield, Ohio.
Root beer was traditionally made using the root bark of the sassafras tree or the vine of Smilax ornata (sarsaparilla) as the primary flavor. Root beer is normally caffeine-free, sweet, and carbonated. Since sassafras contained safrole, which was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1960 due to its carcinogenicity, most commercial root beers are now flavored using artificial sassafras flavoring