Root beer was a drink originating from Earth. It could be a soft drink.

In 2264, after losing a bet to Lieutenant Mahmud al-Khaled with a dinner and a bottle of Scotch whisky at stake, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott instead had to drink root beer at the dinner al-Khaled had won. (SCE eBook: Foundations, Book One)

Quark initially hated selling root beer and once used it as an analogy for the Federation. Quark eventually found profit in selling it. (DS9 episodes: "The Way of the Warrior", "Little Green Men", "Rapture", "Call to Arms", "Behind the Lines")

The Ferengi Nog had a taste for root beer. In April of 2376 he and his newly acquired friend Shar shared root beers in Quark's, in return Shar introduced Nog to Andorian citrus drink, which Nog found much less appealing. (DS9 episodes: "Facets", "Homefront"; DS9 novel: Avatar, Book Two)


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