When Alan Breindel ran a concession in the park across from his new cozy, family-friendly eatery, he lamented that the kids buying the name-brand root beers had no concept of the old-fashioned kind. So when he and his partners launched Pumpernickel Restaurant, he “tapped” a beer brewer to concoct a good, frothy, old-fashioned root beer for their eatery. “I wanted to show them what root beer used to be like.” After several tries, the winning (and closely guarded) recipe was hatched. “No caffeine and no corn syrup” is all the tight-lipped Breindel will reveal. Served on tap straight from a keg, the root beer, Breindel proudly reports, outsells Coke. “People come here just for the root beer.” So how does it taste? “Like taking a handful of those old root-beer barrel candies and crushing them in your mouth.” Breindel has topped himself—and his root beer—with an equally delicious homemade ice cream he has shipped down from Maine to make root-beer floats. Homemade root-beer floats? Clearly something we can all root for.