A&W Root Beer was established in 1919 by Roy W. Allen, a German immigrant, and primarily distributed in both the United States and Canada. Roy Allen, founder and president, developed the original A&W Root Beer by pouring his own recipe and taking it to his new home. Allen later partnered with Frank Wright, another German immigrants, creating the original A&W brand to be sold in restaurants. A&w Root Beer And The Chuck Norris Effect The first brand of A&W Root Beer was created for a roadside stand in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The can was thick, containing only three percent alcohol. As more customers became aware of this drink, the sales started to increase. In addition, in the 1920s, A&W Root Beer was introduced to the rest of the world by traveling salesman Frank Wright. This was due to the success of their own brand in the United States. Today, there are a variety of different brands of A&W Root Beer. Some of the most popular brands include the A&W Blue Mountain Root Beer and the Original Red Blend. Both contain natural ingredients, such as natural cane sugar, apple, raspberry, cinnamon, and ginger. However, not all of the brand offerings use natural ingredients, as some of them use artificial ingredients, such as corn syrup, caramel color, and caramel flavor.