If you’ve been to a bar or liquor store in the past year, you’re probably aware that alcoholic root beer is having quite a moment. People have once again realized that they love the combination of sugar and alcohol, and hey, it already has beer in the name. But while kids have always pretended that root beer is the real stuff, two Tennessee children got a taste of the new adult fad when a server at Applebee’s accidentally served them alcoholic root beer instead of A&W.

According to Eater, the switch happened in Johnson City, where a server accidentally served the 9 and 11 year-old “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”, an alcoholic root beer owned by Pabst that weighs in at 5.9% ABV. The father of the children, Scottie Barnett said that his kids drank some of the boozy root beer before he noticed the label and brought it to their servers attention, who insisted that it was regular ol’ root beer.


Barnett wasn’t buying it and decided to call local police and Applebee’s headquarters to report the incident. Barnett took the nine-year-old to the hospital with stomach pains, but there were no serious injuries.

Applebee’s released a statement saying, “Sincere apologies were made, the family accepted dinner as our guests and immediate re-training of all team members on duty took place.” Additionally, the server who made the mistake has been suspended.


Let’s hope the training went well, because a newly added “Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float” dessert was recently added to the Applebee’s menu, and we’re not fortune tellers, but that sounds like another disaster waiting to happen.

[via Eater]