Root Beer Breaks Out of the Glass and Onto the Plate

Carly Fisher

Root beer is breaking out of the glass as chefs find cool ways to integrate the spicy-sweet flavors of the drink into savory applications. David Guas brings a taste of Louisiana to his Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va. and Washington, D.C., with his Abita root beer-glazed Edwards Virginia ham steak. Guas soaks the ham in root beer for 24 hours to reduce saltiness and sweeten the protein...