I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and now live squarely between Allentown and Philadelphia. Birch Beer is totally a thing here-red or clear (Kutztown Soda Company is known for it, also the Pennsylvania Dutch brand). I prefer the red it's absolutely delicious to me. Not sure if it's also a Pittsburgh thing?
My dad adores ginger beer, like others have stated, it's definitely Jamaican in origin. But man, nachos and ginger beer (or birch!) sounds delicious.
In other topics, as someone who has been in Beth's shoes, I completely understand.
Before I married my husband (my high school sweet heart) I was asked out by this guy I met on my birthday. He seemed great on paper, excellent career, very wealthy, his own home, relatively attractive. I asked what we were going to do on our first date and he announced he'd made reservations at a ritzy, very expensive restaurant on the river and tickets to a play nearby. I don't know. Possibly my own personal deficit, but it kind of made me uncomfortable. After all I'd just met him. I told him that perhaps that was too much, too extreme for a first date. He greeted me with chocolate roses and a ruler with his company's logo embossed on top. Lol.
We ended up at a more casual Italian bistro, he was dressed to the nines. At dinner he discussed all the things we'd be doing that spring; horse and carriage, eating ice cream on his tail gate watching the cows, going to the city for shows...too much. It was like he was proposing that stuff simply for the sake of being a "romantic", which he eventually admitted he was doing as, "it works".
Also, Beth really did not seem too thrilled about marrying Randall. He also strives hard for what he wants, grades, the lucrative career, finding William, and marrying Beth.
Also, Beth has never seemed thrilled with Randall's family, Kevin definitely, but also Rebecca and even Kate.