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Strutzles (sp?) Root Beer

Scott | Jun 3, 2002 06:46 PM

Hi All,
When I was growing up in Maywood, IL in the 1960s, there was a root beer stand on 5th Ave. a block or two south of Madison St. called Strutzle's Root Beer (I'm not sure if that's the correct spelling - that's phonetic.) It was a tiny little walk-up shed, basically, open in the summer only, and all they sold was root beer, in either a 5 cent or 15 cent glass, or by the glass gallon jug to go. I can't tell you how many nickels I left there, but it was plenty. Strutzle's Root Beer was a fantastic home made concoction - rich and creamy, with just the slightest hint of carbonation, not at all like the fizzy stuff you find today. (Think of the difference between, say, Guinness Stout vs. Miller Lite.) Some time around 1970 or so the stand closed down, and I thought that was the last of it. But about 15 years ago I was riding my motorcycle somewhere on the northwest side of Chicago, and stopped at a convenience store to get something to drink, and lo and behold, found a shelf full of two liter bottles of Strutzle's Root Beer. Because I was on my bike I only bought one, and to my great pleasure it was everything I remembered it to be. But the convenience store was kind of out of the way for me, and I never did go back. Now with the summer coming on I'm suddenly craving Strutzle's Root Beer again, but of course I don't even remember the location of the store where I found it.

My question(s): Does anyone else remember Strutzle's Root Beer, and more importantly, does anyone know where to find it? I've searched all over the internet, including a thread about root beers here on the Chowhaound board from a few months ago, with no luck. Not long ago someone said told me that they thought it was being served at either the Polar Bear Ice Cream stand on Cermak just east of DesPlaines Ave. in North Riverside, or at the Snow Flake Ice Cream stand on Ogdan Ave. in Lyons. I've made recent trips to both of these places, and both serve the more conventional, fizzy soda pop-type variety of root beer. I've tried some of the premium root beers available and enjoyed them all, but you know how it is - none of them equal the Strutzle's I remember in my mind's / tongue's eye.

Scott

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