There is evidentally a Root Beer shortage in the downtown area. I know of two people who went to different stores yesterday looking for root beer, and only finding it at the Safeway out in the Pearl District. But Rite Aid, downtown Safeway, the Dollar Tree… all out.
This begs the question … there are plenty of times you do understand how some commodity is out — like, bottled water on that day of the microscopic amounts of bacteria that wouldn’t shut down any city’s water supply but Portland’s — or chips and stuff on Superbowl Sunday or a big Ducks game or whatever — but this? Why was there no root beer of all things on yesterday of all days?