The root beer float is celebrated every Aug. 6 with its own special food holiday - National Root Beer Float Day.
Basically a combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream, the effervescent soda-fountain treat is known in some regions as the black cow. We could go for one right now.
Johnny's in Roland Park is offering complimentary floats from its menu from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday with a $10 purchase.
A&W Restaurants nationwide are giving away free root beer floats from 2 p.m. until closing on Wednesday. The only Baltimore area A&W is on Reisterstown Road.
And Dooby's in Mount Vernon is featuring the Apollo Float, a luxurious variation made with custard-style mint ice cream, root beer syrup and cold-brewed coffee, created by the cafe's head barista Becka Dowding.
The Apollo Float won Dowding first prize at this year's Baltimore Signature Coffee Drink Competition, which was hosted by Johnny's in July. It costs $5.50.