When Charles Hires introduced the first commercial root beer at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, he probably didn’t realize that he was laying the groundwork for what would become the most important of the terribly unimportant food holidays: National Root Beer Float Day.
“It’s definitely the most important one,” said Percy Street Barbecue Chef/Owner Erin O’Shea. “And we’re pulling out all the stops.”
On Thursday, August 6th, Percy Street Barbecue (900 South Street, 215-625-8510) will celebrate this American icon by pouring its signature Root Beer Float for just $3 (regularly $6). Imagine a frosty mug filled with homemade vanilla ice cream and topped with Yards Brewing Company’s small batch root beer straight out of the tap. Now imagine it for half price.
But that’s not all. To soak up all that root beer, Percy Street is bringing back its mythical Brisket Burger for one day only. Made of 100% Creekstone Farms Brisket that is ground in-house and served on a Martin’s potato roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce, this is a quarter-pound burger that out-punches its $5 price tag.
And for those grownups who want to be kids again, but also grownups, Percy Street is offering the chance to spike your float for just $7. Choose from Art in the Age’s Root, an organic liqueur inspired by the root tea that colonial settlers learned to make from the Native Americans. Or ditch the root beer entirely and enjoy a float made with Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout. Because after all, it’s not really a holiday.