Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Galco’s will again host the annual Friends of the Southwest Museum fundraiser | Photo by Martha Benedict

Stocking up on root beer

Probably L.A.’s biggest root beer party will take place this Sunday, July 20 at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop for the Highland Park’s annual Summer Soda Tasting event and fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition (FoSMC).

Billed as the “Great Root Beer Taste-Off,” more than 75 different kinds of root beer will be poured for thirsty attendees who, according to owner John Nese, can “finally make up their mind as to which root beer they prefer. That question: ‘What’s the best root beer?’ is the number one question I get. Everyone has different tastes and there are so many different kinds of root beer out on the market today.”

Indeed, boxes of root beer brands are currently stacked around the aisles at Galco’s, with names familiar, intriguing and exotic: Bawl’s Guarana, Hippo, Boston Tower, Dang’s Butterscotch, Red Ribbon, Dad’s and more. In addition to root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas will also be sampled so folks can taste the nuances of those brews.

Sipping soda samples at last year's tasting |Martha Benedict

Sipping soda samples at last year’s tasting |Martha Benedict

In between soda tastings, guests can enjoy a variety of entertainment featuring local talent including: The Mele ‘Ohana Ukulele Group, singer Genesee Hall and blues by Greger Walnum. Kid’s activities, a chance to vote for your favorite soda via YELP and other surprises are also on tap.

The Taste-Off is a fundraiser for the FoSMC that is working to reopen Los Angeles’ first museum and the Casa de Adobe to display portions of the museum’s spectacular collection. All proceeds from the event – including store purchases – will go to the FoSMC.

“Root beer is a very American drink – it was created here and the first commercially produced root beer was Hires in 1876,” says Nese. “Today there are hundreds of root beer brands in the United States. We are offering only a small sample of what is really out there.”

The Great Root Beer Taste-Off is Sunday, July 20 from 5-8 p.m. at Galco’s, 5702 York Blvd. Advance tickets: $12 for adults and $5 for children 5-11. Tickets day of the event are $15 adults. To buy tickets visit www.savethesouthwestmuseum.com. Advance tickets are on sale at Galco’s (cash or check only). For more information, call Galco’s at (323) 255-7115.

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