Sunday, August 30, 2009

Frostop Root Beer Update!

In an update to our blog about Frostop Root Beer, I was able to obtain a few bottles of the bottled brand for a side by side taste test with our homemade LaPlace Frostop Root Beer. The results are now in after an afternoon of joyfully tasting two very good root beers! There is a definite similarity in the two root beers. As you can see in the above picture the Frostop Root Beer in the bottle is in the mug on the left, had an incredible head of foam. It surely lived up to its slogan of "Nothing Tops it...but the foam!
I can only assume the difference comes from a change in concentrate available to us through the years since Frostop as a chain ceased operation in the early 1980's. We have maintained our recipe through the years but no longer have the concentrate from years ago. There probably is a difference in changes that occur when taking a product from homemade to one that is bottled for mass consumption such as the use of preservatives for shelf life.
I of course love our homemade LaPlace Frostop root beer, since I have been drinking it since I was 3 years old, but if given the opportunity to buy a bottled root beer at the store I would choose the Frostop Brand bottled root beer over all others! Hopefully, one day it will be available in stores in South Louisiana.
I would also like to thank Frostop root beer for being so kind as to send me a few bottles of their root beer (plastic and glass), diet root beer, and their Vanilla Caramel Creme soda. All the products were great. My favorite was the Frostop in the glass bottle!
They were also kind enough to send along a great Frostop mug, glass, buttons, table tents, and a folder full of Frostop pictures and information. The most incredible and generous thing sent was an actual Frostop root beer tap for our recently restored wooden root beer barrel which is on display in our dining room. I would like to thank Daniel Meyers of Frostop and Frank Agin who helped make this possible. I give you two mugs up for your Frostop Root Beer and thank y'all for helping to keep the Frostop name alive. Perhaps one day they will make it down to south Louisiana with their "Mobile Thirst Aid Unit", would love to see it in person! To see a slideshow of some of the great pictures they sent click below!

To check out their website:

They can also be found on twitter:

You can become a fan of Frostop Root Beer on facebook:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

LaPlace Frostop 35th Anniversary - 1993

The LaPlace Frostop celebrated its 35th anniversary Saturday August 28, 1993 from 1-5pm. The day included a live broadcast on KHOM 104.1 with the DJ Dan McKay who ran events such a hulahoop contest for giveaways such as Frostop frisbees, coozies, and pens. In addition to the giveaways, there was special pricing with 99 cent Lot-O-Burgers and 35 cent soft drinks. The celebration was a great success!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

LaPlace Frostop Mug 1987

LaPlace Frostop 1987
Originally uploaded by FT1958
The mug received its first minor renovation in 1987, scaffolding was erected and the neon was taken off. Mugs Coleman, a local man, did some minor repairs to the metal and then repainted it. The neon was put back on and we had the rotation repaired by Brightway Signs and then put the mugs rotation and neon maintenance under contract with them.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cruise In Car Shows Fall of 2007

The LaPlace Frostop hosted two cruise in car shows in the fall of 2007. The first car show on Saturday October 13, 2007 was in celebration of the return of the mug (after the giant mug's complete restoration).
To see the pictures click here:
To see the video click here:
The following month another car show has held on Saturday November 10, 2007.
To see the pictures click here:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Wondering what to eat? Print out our menu at home!

If you are ever in need of a LaPlace Frostop menu at home - look no further! Just print one out from our website.

New Twist on an Old Treat!

We have a suggestion for something to cool you down on a hot day....a root beer float. But not an ordinary root beer float, something extra special - a root beer float topped with chocolate syrup!
That's right, LaPlace Frostop root beer with vanilla soft serve ice cream topped with chocolate syrup - a new twist on an old treat! It is also terrific as a freeze - root beer float mixed together like a shake. So stop in to the LaPlace Frostop and enjoy one today!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

LaPlace Frostop's 50th Anniversary 2008

The LaPlace Frostop celebrated its 50th anniversary on August 9, 2008. The celebration took place from 2-6pm and included a DJ, open car show, and giveaways. Click here for pictures of the anniversary celebration: Video:

Roadside Peek

Here is another great website to spend time checking out! You can spend hours and hours going over all the great spots that they have pictures and facts on!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Riggen's Frostop - Chrisman, Illinois

Pictures courtesy of Debra Jane Seltzer:
Here is a terrific video I found online about the Riggen's Frostop in Chrisman, Illinois. They were established in 1955! The video is from Thursday September 9, 1993. I hope they are still going strong!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Frostop Mugs Across the Country

For all of you out there that might be curious about Frostop mugs across the country, there is a great website for you! Check it out for pictures of Frostop mugs and what became of some of the mugs! The website goes way beyond just the mugs - you could spend hours going through all of the pictures. So, sit back and enjoy the road trip on your computer. Click this link to see the rest of the the great site by Debra Jane Seltzer:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Original wooden rootbeeer barrel display

Several years ago we received an original Frostop wooden root beer barrel from a man that used to repair them for Frostop's. He clearly had it stored in the back of a garage or something so it wasn't in the best shape, so he was more than willing to let us take it off of his hands. Well we put in the back of our outside boat shed and let it sit for a few more years. This past May I finally decided it was time to do something with the old barrel. I decided to clean it up and display it in our dining room at the LaPlace Frostop. There was now a corner in our dining room that we had made into our Frostop memorabilia area.

The picture above shows the terrible shape the barrel was in. At some point in its history someone had painted varnish over the 8 metal bands. I can only assume that where it was stored for many years someone spray painted near it without covering it. All of that need to be cleaned up in order to display the barrel. The restoration would be more time consuming than I thought! I got some goof off and removed the spray paint and cleaned up the wood. The hard part was cleaning the metal bands. With the help of a Dremel and sander along with the goof off, I was finally able to clean up the bands one band at a time - each band taking me about an hour to clean! After the top bands were done, I flipped it over to clean the 4 bands at the bottom. The top was spray painted with a few coats and then it was time to bring it to the LaPlace Frostop.
At this point the barrel needs a logo for the front, a tap, and a stand ......
Great logo from Tony's Tinting - they even came and put it on the barrel for us!

Our barrel on its stand in its new home!

Looking good in the "Frostop Corner"

Danny from Miller came through with a tap for the barrel! The restoration is complete!

To see pictures of the entire process on Flickr: