A&W Root Beer is one of the most storied root beer flavors in the world. It was originally started in 1919 by Roy Allen, who then partnered with Frank Wright in 1922. The two combined and became A&W Root beer. A&W is owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and there are a variety of flavors of A&W. A&W Sugar Free was introduced in 1974, A&W Diet in 1987, A&W Cream Soda in 1986 and A&W Floats in 2008.