X is for: XXX Brand Root Beer
The XXX brand name first appeared in 1895 in Galveston, Texas as the moniker for a keg beer stored in oak barrels labeled, “XXX.” Hence, the name! (They could just as well have been stamped Gurglthwang, in which case I would have had to choose something different for this letter.)
Years later, during the Prohibition Era, when alcoholic beverages were made illegal in the USA, the beer brewery shifted its focus towards soda pop. Although the company brewed a variety of flavors, such as cream, lemon lime, orange, chocolate and even a cola, it was the XXX root beer that became most associated with the brand.
As of 2013, the XXX brand, now known as Triple XXX, is still for sale.
Y is for: Texas, Texas, Yee Haw!
The cry of, “Texas, Texas, Yee haw!” is one of several chants used by the University of Texas Longhorn Band during sporting events. Other chants include: “Texas! Fight!” “Go, Horns, Go!” and, “Where my horns at?” I should mention for any SNL/Christopher Walken/ fans out there, that the Texas Longhorn Band also rings cowbells after nearly every play.
More A to Z blog posts
As you can see, as I limp towards the finish line for the 2013 A to Z blogging challenge, I chose to combine my X and Y posts into one. I do, however, have a big final post for Z tomorrow, so y’all come back now, y’hear?
In the meantime, click on this link to find out what all the other A to Z blogging challenge folks are posting. There are so many great blogs out there to read and enjoy!