Supposed to be similar though isint it? or is that sarsaparilla? Remember reading it as i didnt have a clue what root beer was till recently.
Ah, read it on wikipedia if true-
Ingredients may include allspice, birch bark, coriander, juniper, ginger, wintergreen, hops, burdock root, dandelion root, spikenard, pipsissewa, guaiacum, yellow dock, honey, clover, cinnamon, prickly ash bark, quillaia, and yucca.
Due to the wide variety of ingredients possible the flavor of root beer is widely variable between brands. This is especially true of local brands. Root beer is very similar in taste to sarsaparilla, which may also be called root beer.
In Britain, there are several differentiated root beers, which rose to prominence with the temperance movement in the 20th century. These include sarsaparilla, dandelion and burdock, and ginger beer.