If you’ve ever eaten an A&W burger, you’ll know that they are the best thing since sliced bread. But wait, how can that be when A&W burgers are older than sliced bread? Yep! Sliced bread was invented in 1928 and the beginnings of A&W date back to 1919. So A&W is older than sliced bread!
Here are 10 other awesome facts:
A&W supports Veterans
In 1919, the very first frosty mug of A&W root beer was served during a homecoming parade for veterans. The fast-food chain has been a huge supporter of veterans ever since, raising over $800 000 for them since 2014 alone.
A&W was named after its founders
Ever wonder what the A and W stand for? The A stands for “Allen” and the W stands for “Wright”, named after the founders of the chain, Roy Allen and Frank Wright.
Over 1 million gallons of Root Beer was consumed in 2018
A&W has over 1000 restaurants worldwide, with 600 of them being in the US. When taking a combined total of these restaurants, A&W sold over 1 million gallons of Root Beer in 2018 alone .
August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day
If you visit a participating location, you can get a free A&W Root Beer float on this day. If you are feeling generous, you can leave a donation for veteran support.
A&W used to offer an “Awful Awful Burger”
In 1960, the Awful Awful burger sold for $1.10. It wasn’t anything overly special but had two burger patties instead of one. This made it an “awful” lot of burgers.
A&W mugs save a lot of waste
Glass A&W mugs were initially invented to help reduce waste – and they do a good job at doing it! Each year, every glass mug prevents 180 paper cups from entering the landfill. Nice work A&W!
A&W Root Beer is made Fresh
Ever wonder why A&W Root Beer is always so fresh and delicious? It’s because it’s made fresh in each store. Each batch of Root Beer takes approximately 45 minutes to make but boy is it worth the wait!
A&W is different in Canada and the US
If you visit A&W in the US and then in Canada, you might think you’re visiting two different restaurants. In Canada, A&W franchises operate separately from their American counterparts and offer a significantly different menu. At a Canadian A&W, you can get breakfast and can order burgers for the whole family (Papa burger, Mama burger, Baby Burger, and even an Uncle Burger). You can also get the favourite dish of all Canadians – poutine!
A&W is trying to add the Ampersand to the Alphabet
In a petition to Merriam Webster, A&W is officially trying to have the ampersand (&) added as the 27th letter of the alphabet. For the company, it’s frustrating that they can’t use the symbol in hashtags or URLs to represent their brand. So far no movement has been made in this cause, but time will tell!
A&W set a world record for the largest Root Beer Float
Known for their mouth-watering root beer, it’s no surprise that A&W set the world record for the largest root beer float. The record was set in 1999 with a 2, 562.5 gallon float!
Anyone craving A&W now? We sure are!