American brand of root beer

Barq's or (Barq's Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer) is a soft drink (soda) which has a caramel color in it. Barq's is a brand of root beer and is notable for being the first major North American root beer which contained caffeine. Barq's is manufactured by The Coca-Cola Company. Barq's is pronounced "Barks".



Barq's was invented by Edward Charles Edmond Barq and his younger brother, Gaston who worked for The Barq's Brothers Bottling Company which was founded in 1890 in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. However, Barq's was not actually bottled and sold until 1898 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Early on in their brand they created a popular creation called Orangine, which was an orange-flavored soda. Orangine won a gold medal at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition World's Fair.[1][2]



The company sells all sorts of flavors of Barq's such as:

  • Barq's Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer
  • Diet Barq's
  • Barq's Red Crème Soda
  • Barq's French Vanilla Crème Soda
  • Barq's Floatz
  • Barq's Floatz ice cream squeeze tubes.


  1. Caffeine Database | Caffeine and Ingredients in Barqs Rootbeer,'s Report on the Ingredients in Barq's Rootbeer
  2. "Coming Soon: Barq's Root Beer redesign". 2012-02-22. Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2014-01-25.

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