Forbidden Root (address and info)
What it tastes like: root beer
The country’s first "botanic brewery" takes an all-natural approach to brewing, using ingredients like stems, seeds, and beans to create the original root beer -- which's also infused with 20 native plants and botanicals including wintergreen, sandalwood, and patchouli. A local brewpub is planned for 2015.
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