root beer sampler - happy father's day!

 Does your guy LOVE rootbeer?  Mine, too.

When I first saw the idea for a rootbeer sampler on The Indigo Bunting (via Oh Happy Day), I thought it was so brilliant!  And I tucked it away to use on Jared's birthday.  Then promptly forgot.

Thankfully, the Giver's Log featured a similar idea for a root beer tour just last weekend, so I got to work for Father's Day.

I found a few good root beer selections at my regular grocery store, but the best supplier in my town was Whole Foods, who carried eight varieties.  Score!  I collected twelve brews total and put one of each kind in a simple wood crate (found at Michael's).


I loved the sampler guide on Erin's blog, so I made a smaller-scale version of my own, using plain old powerpoint.  I used her descriptions where our brands matched up, and searched for descriptions of the rest on various root beer fanatics' blogs (such as Anthony's Root Beer Barrel, Cosmo's Root Beer Reviews, Spike's Root Beer Reviews and Kingofsoda.com).


I have a happy husband today (he deserves it - what a great dad).  Plus, I get to sample some yummy root beer, too, because I had to buy a lot more than one bottle of each brand (in fact, my father-in-law got a duplicate crate).  It will be fun to try them all out.

We haven't sampled Margo's Bark yet, but it has my favorite brand story.  It was originally brewed by a seven-year-old boy named Oscar for a science fair project.  He named the family brew after his dog, Margo, and all the profits go to helping dogs in animal shelters.  Love that.

Hope you had a happy weekend!

38 comments:

madebymegs said...

What an awesome idea...totally cool!!

Christina said...

Yes, indeed, very cool indeed! I'm thinkin' it might just be a good mother's day gift as well. Hehe...I think I might love root beer more than my husband does.

Betty said...

Very clever idea indeed. A good idea for any occasion.

The Gosfam said...

Just a cute idea--I love it. I did soda pop bottles filled with candy as part of my hubby's gift, but I am adding this to my to do list.

Ann On and On... said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing...

Miss Sews-it-all said...

What a great idea - I have to remember this one! Love how you put it all together with the crate and printed guide, nicely done!

Bekah: said...

My husbands birthday is coming up... can I please, pretty please ask you to e-mail me the pdf so I can print this? Can I benefit from all of your hardwork and creativity?

michaelandbekah@gmail.com

Tobey said...

Cute idea! My 2 yr old daughters name is Margo and spelled that way. I will have to get some for her and her brother and sister to try. They love root beer!

Jessica said...

love a good a man-gift idea! Only mine would want a crate of beer beer.

shelia said...

fabulous idea...i think my teenager would love it too!!!

Lori Belle said...

Very cute idea! Thank you so much. It was great meeting you today at church! You are so talented! Keep up the great work!

Jill said...

Bekah - the guide should be in your inbox now.

If anyone else wants me to email a copy of the root beer guide I made, just let me know!

Tab said...

Ah! If only there were that many kinds of root beer in Australia! Its a great idea and I'm sure it has many different variants too.

Jackie@Lilolu said...

Yum. My hubby would love a sampler like this and I'd like the crate carrying the root beer.

Jessica said...

I love root beer but it is hard to find in Australia! It is a great idea though!

Melanie said...

My Dad loves root beer, I am definitely doing this for him! Thanks!

Watashi no Uchi said...

I don't know why I didn't think of something similar for my husband! He's obsessed with root beer varieties!!! Great idea for next year or birthday!

Tricia said...

What a fun idea...a little too late for me for Father's Day, but I'll have to give it a try next year.

Tricia leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com

Scott and Jillian said...

What a great idea! I'm linking to this post for future reference!

Nathan and Brooke LeBaron said...

This is the cutest idea! I think I will have to do it for my dads birthday! I would love a copy of the guide!
brookelebaron@hotmail.com

Sarah said...

Jill! This is an awesome idea! I'm thinking Christmas for all of the guys in my family that way I won't have a ton of leftover root beer. Super creative! I've linked to it on my "projects I want to attempt" list.
-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

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Sarah Burrell said...

What a cute idea. My guys is a huge "Henry Weinharts" fan, so the munchkin and I got him a 12 pack for father's day, but this is a super cute idea! Maybe next year.

anthony said...

a very fine idea! i have done similar things for my dad and dad in law with root beer, ginger beer and orange & grape sodas! thanks for the link too! hope my site was useful to you.
there are a few sites that sell ready made samplers too, straubs, popsoda, beverages direct to name a few.

Brian and Alia Cherry said...

Suuuuuuch a good idea! Bri loves root beer, I am going to have to remember this! It would be a good on christmas morning next to his stocking too.

Raylene said...

This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing! I would also love to get a copy of your .pdf sampler guide. Thanks so much for all of your fun crafts and ideas :0)
raylene _ marie at hotmail dot com

Val said...

This is just about the coolest idea I have ever seen...I love it.

m @ random musings said...

What a great idea! My bf loves root beer (he doesn't drink caffeine or alcohol), and I was looking for a "real" bday present to supplement the gift card he'll be getting.

Amy said...

you are quite possibly one of the cutest people i have ever known.

Paula said...

Jill, you're so kind to offer to send the pdf..my husband's b-day is in two weeks and I love this idea! Would you mind sending me the guide too? I'll give you all the credit! However, I'm not sure if I can find the same kinds you did. Do you have an editable version (powerpoint)? Thanks a ton!! paula.titel@gmail.com

Robert and Cassie said...

Hi, I just saw your blog for the first time and I love this idea, if you're still okay with e-mailing your pdf that would be awesome! My husband and family love rootbeer! My e-mail is cassandra.fuller@gmail.com if you're able to e-mail it still :) Thank you!

Brandy @ Gluesticks said...

Hi Jill! I just finished making one of these for my husband's birthday! I couldn't afford to buy 12 different packs, so I did a smaller version with 6 and put thenm in a smaller crate from Joanns (Michael's doesn't sell the larger ones out here anymore). It was so much fun to do! I will post it on my blog after his bday next week:)
Thank you for the idea!

www.brandyscrafts.blogspot.com

Valerie said...

Making a trip to whole foods on Wednesday to stock up on root beer for my husband. He is a root beer fan (but I never buy it!) Can you please send me the template:)

homemade by jill said...

Valerie - I'd be glad to. Email me - homemadebyjill@gmail.com

Sherman Unkefer said...

Great idea, I won't be confused anymore for who's root beer is who's. Thanks for the post!

Analog Girl said...

I just found this post and I absolutely love it! This would be perfect for both my dad and my husband.

I am linking to your post in my blog.

http://analoglovesdigital.blogspot.com/2011/06/20-fabulous-fathers-day-gift-ideas.html

Meg said...

I would love a copy of the pdf as well. Can you email me at : meaghan.gifford@gmail.com.

Love this idea!!!!

Gabi said...

Hello - This is fantastic - I am excited to make a ton of these as Christmas gifts. Would you please email me the pdf file, too?

greczek2000 at yahoo dot com

THank you so much!!