LEXINGTON, Ky., July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A&W Restaurants, Inc., America's oldest franchise restaurant brand, announced today that participating A&W restaurants across the United States will celebrate National Root Beer Float Day on August 6th by giving away FREE Root Beer Floats, and will sponsor the first ever "Float a Friend" contest. Celebrating National Root Beer Float Day is a tradition at A&W Restaurants, and this year 50 lucky winners will get to enjoy Free Root Beer Floats for themselves and a friend for an entire year! Hundreds of other contestants can win other prizes, including collector's mugs, plush Rooty Bears, and A&W gift certificates.
Kevin Bazner, CEO of A&W Restaurants, noted, "Our founder, Roy Allen, began making root beer nearly a century ago. Millions of root beer floats later, A&W is celebrating National Root Beer Float Day by giving back to its loyal guests, and giving them a chance to share the tastiest and most refreshing day of the summer all year long with our 'Float a Friend' contest."
In 1919, A&W's founder Roy Allen set up a roadside drink stand in Lodi, California to introduce a new beverage called "root beer" at a parade honoring returning World War I veterans. With his creation an instant success, Allen took partner Frank Wright and named the beverage we know as A&W® Root Beer. Shortly after, Allen and Wright started franchising roadside stands, which makes A&W restaurants the oldest franchise restaurant chain in the country. A&W Root Beer is made today just like it was back then, fresh in the restaurants. Ingredients include real cane sugar, water; and a proprietary blend of herbs, bark, spices, and berries. It's still caffeine free and served up in a frosty mug. A&W is owned by a partnership of franchisees; the company has 1,100 franchise locations in 10 countries and territories.