No sasafrass up here where I live. But we do have birch and lots of wintergreen. A&W tastes a lot like wintergreen and brown sugar. I believe that this is because mollases and sugar are in the original recipe along with either birch, or wintergreen. It's amazing to me that both birch buds and wintergreen leaves are almost identicle in flavor.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
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