Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mom's Root Beer

Mom's root beer is distributed by Core Beverage Company, which is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I picked this brew up at a soda shop in Minneapolis. I really couldn't find any info on this brew. It does say on the bottle that portions of their sales will go to help funding breast cancer research. I personally think that's a wonderful thing for this company to do and be apart of. I wish I could say this brew was amazing and all my million readers would rush out and help this wonderful cause....but all I can say is that it's just 'Ok". In my opinion, it seems to be a little watered down. There's not a whole lot of flavor that jumps out at ya either.  It's weak. I do detect a little vanilla and caramel....that's about it. However, it does produce a decent head. 6.5/10.

Brew Kettle Brewing Root Beer

This root beer is made by The Brew Kettle, which is located in Strongsville, Ohio. The Brew Kettle opened for business back in 1995. Finally!!! I finally found a bottled root beer that's from and made in Ohio. I just knew there had to be at least one out there. I was hoping this was going to make the "Brew of Fame", but no such luck. It does produce a decent head, but it didn't want to stick around very long. I do like the bite, which consists of some vanilla and caramel. This is definitely good but wouldn't say tremendous. 7/10.

Rollie's Root Beer

Rollie's root beer is made by the Paper City Brewing Company, which is located in Holyoke, MA. Paper City Brewing opened their doors for business back in 1995. I was passing through Boston awhile back and stopped off and grabbed a case of Rollie's root beer, Wow!! This brew is rather unique. I think this is the first one I've seen that combines maple syrup and honey. They work well together and produce a quite formidable flavor. 9.5/10.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Flavor 8 Root Beer

Flavor 8 root beer is made in New London, Wisconsin. They started production back in 2011. The owners converted an old auto shop into a bottling facility and purchased vintage 1960's production equipment with conveyor belts. They have 8 different flavors, hence the name "Flavor 8". I cracked open this little 8oz soda, which comes in a returnable glass bottle...and I was happy to see such an outstanding head. The body is rich and creamy. The aftertaste is vanilla with a spicy caramel. I also detect a little wintergreen coming through as well....what an impressive root beer soda pop! 9/10.

Bennett's Big Bear Root Beer

Bennett's Big Bear root beer is made for Bennett's Homemade Ice Cream, which is located in Los Angeles, CA. The Bennett family decided to make this root beer as a tribute to Big Bear Lake. They have been taking family getaways there for over three decades. I ordered this root beer through the good old Galco's Soda Pop Stop. This brew does produce a small head, but nothing too exciting. Big Bear is dark and full bodied. It has a robust molasses flavor to it. There's really no bite to speak of...If you like molasses in your root beer, then this is the one for you!! 8/10.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lost Rhino Brewing Root Beer

Lost Rhino Brewing root beer is made in Ashburn, Virginia. Lost Rhino comes from a surfing term, rhino chaser; someone out to find the best waves, the biggest waves—an adventurer. Lost Rhino knows their way around a root beer. This brew literally produces an extremely frothy and everlasting head. One of the best I've ever seen. The body is luscious, savory, and distinctive with all the vanilla and honey. The bite has a spicy wintergreen zest to it. This is a very enticing root beer!! 9.5/10.

Minnesota Northern Draft Root Beer

Minnesota Northern draft root beer is made by Ely Soda Works, which is located in Ely, Minnesota. So, this is another brew from the mysterious Ely Soda Works. I love that they make 2 different root beers. I wish more companies would follow their lead. Unfortunately, there is nothing too exciting to say about this brew. Its got an average head with some average flavor. I did enjoy the creamy vanilla aftertaste with a touch of caramel and honey. I really want this to be great....I have soft spot for these really small soda companies. I mean they don't even have a website. It's good but not great.7.5/10

Spring Lake Root Beer

Spring Lake root beer is made by Glewwe's Castle Brewery, which is located in Prior Lake, Minnesota.  They have been making this magically delicious root beer since 1994. First off, if I were forced to pick a favorite root beer...it would be Spring Lake. I just love that they've incorporated a strong birch flavor profile into this brew. This stuff is so spicy!! It also has some wintergreen, vanilla, and honey thrown into the mix. I just love how bold, creamy, and unique this brew is...a "One of a Kind"....if you will. Spring Lake has a head that just don't quit....almost everlasting. There's just so much to love about this brew!! It's definitely an elixir of the gods!! Welcome to "Brad's Brew of Fame"! 11/10.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Peace Tree Brewing Root Beer

Peace Tree Brewing root beer is made in Knoxville, Iowa. They opened for business back in 2009. They actually started out in a former Nash Rambler car dealership on the main street of Knoxville. (Now I'm wondering what a Nash Rambler is and looks like????) Any who, Peace Tree has the coolest bottles and labels I've seen to date. Their brew has a nice premium yet traditional flavor. It then turns into an outstanding creamy vanilla finish with just a touch of caramel. The head is decent but lasts just a little bit. I was quite pleased with this one! 8.5/10.

Zevia Ginger Root Beer

Zevia ginger root beer is made in Culver City, CA. In 2007, amidst the rainy backdrop of Seattle, Zevia Zero Calorie Soda was born. They moved to Hollywood like any other dreamer in hopes of making it big. Lets be honest here, I didn't have high hopes for this brew. I saw it at a local health foods store and thought I'd give it a whirl. It actually starts out kind of nice. You taste the spicy ginger and wintergreen first, but then it goes into an unpleasant "diet" taste. It was a little overwhelming for me and decided I could only drink half the bottle. Sorry Zevia. In their defense, this is sugar free and considered a diet soda. 3/10.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sammi Rae Root Beer

Sammi Rae root beer is made by Schmohz Brewing, which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This brew is named after the owner's daughter, who passed away in 2002. After her passing, they started a charity called "Sammi Rae of Hope". This charity helps out struggling families that are in need. A portion of the soda sales go into this charity too. What a wonderful cause and they should be very proud for all the families they have touched. This brew does have an unusual flavor. It produces a decent head, but fizzes away rather quickly. The ingredients list states "Sugar and more sugar". I was expecting this to be very sweet, but that wasn't the case. It does have nice aftertaste of spice and a pleasant mouth feel. I enjoyed this brew and profits go to a wonderful cause. 7.5/10.

Boylan's Natural Root Beer

Boylan's Natural root beer is made by Boylan's Bottling Company, located in Teterboro, NJ. Boylan's starting selling gourmet soda in 1891. I just recently found that this soda even exists. I had no idea that Boylan's had a "natural" line of sodas. Thanks Anthony!!! This brew has a bold sassafras flavor that pairs nicely with birch and a little spruce. The head could use a little work on this one though. It's got an excellent bite that includes bourbon vanilla, licorice, birch, and a little star anise. Boylan's Natural has a pleasant creamy finish due to the pure sugar cane and bourbon vanilla. This is an elite brew to say the least...Delicious!! Perfect...10/10.

Minnesota Voyageur Butterscotch Root Beer

Minnesota Voyageur butterscotch root beer is made by Ely Soda Works, located in Ely, Minnesota. I'm discovering that it's rather hard to find any info on Ely Soda Works. These guys do not even have a website and must rely on word of mouth. I picked this brew up at soda shop in Minnesota. This has a very dark body compared to the other butterscotch brews I've had in the past. This one isn't overly sweet. Obviously, butterscotch is the most noticeable flavor here. You kind of taste a little vanilla as well. The head was decent and didn't disappear right away. This is definitely my favorite butterscotch brew! 8/10.

LiL Brewster Root Beer

LiL Brewster root beer is made by The Pismo Brewing Company, located in Pismo Beach, CA. PBC opened their doors in 2010. I sure am grateful they decided to start bottling their root beer. I really  enjoyed this one! It has a dark and rich body and nice frothy head. It's got a creamy vanilla taste with a little bit a licorice on the side. LiL Brewster has a wonderful mouth feel and is very friendly on the pallet. This is a certain nominee for "Brad's Brew of Fame'. 9.5/10.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ben's Brew Root Beer

Ben's Brew root beer is made by The Baranof Brewing Company, located in Sitka, Alaska. The Baranof Brewing Company opened for business in 2010. This root beer is actually named after the founders son. Ben's Brew produces a nice frothy head, but doesn't stick around very long. I notice some licorice and wintergreen lingering around. I would say this brew is a tad creamy, and has a decent bite with a little wintergreen. This brew has tons of potential. I just wish there was more pronounced flavor. It's kind of on the weak side. Please, don't get me wrong....this is very good, but could be a whole lot better. 8/10

Friday, September 19, 2014

Silver Creek Brewing Root Beer

Silver Creek Brewing blonde root beer is made in Cedarburg, WI. They opened for business back in 1999. I was recently traveling through Cedarburg and stopped and grabbed a case. Ok. Obviously, this brew has a light body. I notice some vanilla right away and that's about all I gather. This brew has a sweet and smooth vanilla aftertaste.The carbonation level is almost perfect on this beverage and has a head that doesn't want to quit. All in all, I'm extremely satisfied with this brew. It's my first blonde root beer and I didn't know exactly what to expect. 8.5/10.

Cicero Original Root Beer

Cicero sent me these brews after I expressed to them how much I enjoyed their "Salted Carmel Root Beer". Anywho, lets get to the review....Shall we?? As I'm pouring into my mug I notice a tiny head that disappears rather quickly. I take a few drinks and I'm trying hard to find a bite that's not going to show up. I mean there's a tiny bite, but I'm probably just being generous. The body is mildly sweet with some caramel and vanilla showing up from time to time. I also think it's a tad over carbonated. Overall, there's just not a lot going on here. Its kind of boring if you will,,,,since it's new...I'd probably drink this again. This brew gets a 5.5.

Victory Root Beer

I obtained Victory on the way to Boston. Victory is located in Downington, PA. We all need to support these small microbreweries. Microbrews usually have premium ingredients and are always made in small batches. These establishments have tons of character and they rely on our support to survive. I enjoyed Victory. It's very smooth and creamy. There's not a lot of flavor that jumps out at ya, but it'd go perfect with a burger or some pizza. I'd love to rate this one higher....but it's a solid 6.

Surf City Root Beer

I ordered Surf City through their website. This is one Outstanding beverage. This brew has everything!! The head is everlasting, solid bite, sweet/creamy body, and a sensational aftertaste. They use a perfect proportion of honey/vanilla goodness, which delivers a heavenly flavor!!! I'm definitely nominating this beverage for my "Brew of Fame"!!! This brew's grade is 10/perfect!!!

JD's Root Beer

JD's is a somewhat new company, which is located in Dallas, WI. I got these brews through mail-order with the company. Wow....OK...this kind of tastes like a root beer barrel candy. The evergreen and licorice make themselves known almost immediately. I'm a huge fan of evergreen!!! As i work my way to the aftertaste, you can surely tell that there's some honey and vanilla in the mix too. The bite is nice, I can't get enough of that evergreen!!! My only complaint is that the head vanishes rather quickly. This is another Hall of Famer...it gets a 9.5.....

Ithaca Root Beer

Ithaca is definitely the most unusual brew I've had to date. I can't get over how amazing this stuff is!!! This is also the first brand I've had that lists juniper berries in their ingredients list. I'm thinking that is what's giving this such an unusual but wonderful flavor. I didn't pour this brew into a mug, so I'm uncertain of what type of head would've developed. It's also very thick and creamy tasting with hints of vanilla and honey. You can hardly tell this brew is even carbonated. For whatever reason, I just wasn't expecting this to be so frickin good!! Its a 10 in my book!! Bravo Ithaca Co!!!

St. John's Brewers Root Beer

St. John's root beer is made in the Virgin Islands

I obtained St. John's in Norwalk, CT. I was on a road trip to Boston and just had to stop off and pick some up. I had found out prior to the trip, it was only available in CT. Wow!!! This is one of the best root beers I have ever had. This is definitely worthy of "The Brew of Fame". It has a very frothy and thick head that just doesn't quit. You can certainly taste some caramel, vanilla, and evergreen notes. It has a solid bite with all the spices I love. It's lightly carbonated and has a very sweet body and aftertaste. I give St John's mad props....They make an elite brew!!! This is a 10 plus!!

Rogue Root Beer

Rogue root beer is from Eugene, OR. Rogue has been around a long time, but only available on draft. It's my understanding that its overwhelming popularity finally led to its bottling. I for one was very excited and quickly ordered a few bottles. Rogue has a very unique flavor!! It's got a solid root beer flavor and some light honey notes to compliment the unique finish of molasses and raisons. Rogue has an outstanding head and the perfect amount of carbonation. These brewers are so dedicated to superior brewing that they have their own farm that produce fresh ingredients for their products. Bravo Rogue!!! You guys are very deserving of 9.5/10.

Rohrbach Brewing Root Beer

Rohrbach Brewing root beer is located in Rochester, NY. This brew is dark, rich, and creamy. It also has suttle notes of caramel, vanilla, and honey. It does produce a decent head, but disappears rather quickly. This brew is lightly carbonated, which allows all these flavors to come to life right inside your mouth. I really enjoyed this brew and it also comes in a very unique 22oz bottle. I give this brew a 9/10.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yacht Club Root Beer

Yacht Club root beer is made in Providence, RI. Yacht Club Bottling Works is a family owned business and they opened their doors in 1915. I actually bought some root beer directly from their plant and they were nice enough to give a tour. This place was very cool and the bottling line was the original one they opened up with. I was just amazed that was even possible. There is nothing about this root beer that will probably blow you away. This brew is as standard as they come, but honestly I think that is what they are going for here. They are very old fashioned and want a product that would appeal to almost anybody. They do use pure sugar cane as their sweetener and that is about as flashy as they get. This brew is very smooth and very refreshing. I enjoyed it and would drink it again someday. 7/10.

J.J. Stewart Root Beer

J.J. Stewart root beer is made in small batches on Prince Edward Island. This company has been around since the early 1900's. I've always wanted to visit Nova Scotia and if I do, I'd definitely make a trip over to P.E.I. Wow!!! This stuff most surely has a kick!! I was greeted quickly with a spicy and sassy body. J.J.'s isn't overly sweet but is almost just right, in my opinion. Wintergreen, licorice, and star anise seem to be the flavor profile in this soft drink. It also has a slight creamy honey finish. It does produce a head, but sadly it didn't want to keep me company for long. This stuff tastes amazing!! 9.5/10.

Sno-Cap Root Beer

Sno-Cap root beer is made by Titletown Brewing Company, located in Green Bay, WI. This brew is creamy vanilla goodness. I could tell by the aroma that is was going to be one tasty beverage. Vanilla is by far the most prominent flavor being presented here. In fact, they could probably label this a "Vanilla Root Beer". It does only produce a small-medium head, but I guess you can't win em all. If you enjoy vanilla flavor, this would be the brew for you. 9/10.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Roots Root Beer

Roots root beer is available at Roots Pizza in Chicago, IL. I was recently passing through Chicago and stopped and picked up a few bottles. Roots uses all natural ingredients and is sweetened with pure sugar cane. Roots has a rooty body with a light vanilla finish. Roots is very crisp and very refreshing beverage. I had to stay an try their pizza too, which was outstanding. Their root beer was a perfect compliment to my pie. 8/10.

McCutctcheon's Root Beer

McCutcheon's root beer is made in Frederick, Maryland. One of my old friends from the Air Force sent me a couple bottles, he's stationed in Washington, DC. This brew has a wonderful head, it stayed frothy almost the whole time it was in my mug. This has a solid flavor with some caramel and honey notes. It has a light molasses flavor in the aftertaste, which kind of caught me by surprise. I'd definitely would drink this again! 8/10.

Harvey & Verns Root Beer

Harvey&Vern's root beer is made by the Kichesippi Brewery in Ottawa, Canada. I picked up a few bottles on my trip to Canada. I found this brew to be above average tasting with a more than adequate head. This root beer is definitely bold and somewhat over carbonated to my liking. I did notice some light caramel notes in the aftertaste. Overall, this brew is quite pleasant and would be best paired with some pizza or wings. 7.5/10.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gold Rush Brewing Root Beer

Gold Rush Brewing root beer is located in Skagway, Alaska. This will be my first brew from Alaska. These bottles sure traveled a long way and I'm ready to review. The first thing I'm noticing is that the head fizzes away almost immediately. It has a solid sassafras flavor with a little birch to compliment. It's not overly sweet, but seems a little over carbonated to my standards. I'm also noticing a little vanilla trying to come through in the finish. This brew has a pleasant aftertaste and nothing negative seems to linger.  7/10.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Whistler Classic Soda Root Beer

Whistler Classic Soda root beer is made in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Whistler is a somewhat new soda company. I discovered them on Kickstarter and have been following their progress ever since. About a year after I discovered them, they were bottling and now open for business. I had a good feeling about these guys. They are very old school and are using returnable glass bottles. One more unusual fact about these guys, their bottles are only 8oz. The first thing I notice is the sweetness. It has a very sweet and spicy body. The star anise is very prominent in this soft drink. It's not overpowering, which is a good thing in my book. The head is just "OK". This is a very crisp and refreshing beverage. Although, there isn't a whole lot going on here...it's very delicious. Sometimes simple works out just fine! 8.5/10...

Moose Whizz Root Beer

Moose Whizz root beer is made by Lake George Soda Pop Factory in Lake George, NY. I picked this brew up on a trip to Canada. I got kind of lucky because I discovered this brew along the way. I was looking up directions for another brewery in New York and stumbled across this on Google. When I say I got lucky, I really mean I got lucky! This stuff frickin phenomenal!! It's got a very complex body with an array of spices just waiting to be discovered. The wintergreen, star anise, and licorice are noticed immediately. The aftertaste includes a creamy vanilla and honey finish....not too mention this whole time the head is foaming over my frosty mug. They sure hit the nail on the head with this tasty beverage!! Perfect 10!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tree Fort Root Beer

Tree Fort root beer is located in Minneapolis, MN. I was recently on a trip through Minnesota and found out about this brew right before I left. An 18 year old girl started this company and sells her root beer at her brother's tea/coffee shop. I guess this girl is very nostalgic and wanted to make a truly old fashioned soda. She wanted it to be unlike any other root beer on the market. This brew uses all natural ingredients too. I really enjoyed this beverage. She's right. This definitely doesn't taste like any other root beer I've had before. To me, it kind of tastes like an apple pie in a bottle. I love apple pie, so this is ok in my book. Since it really doesn't taste like the toot beer I know and love...it's going to hurt the rating however. If you're ever in Minnesota please stop and grab a few bottles and support this girl's wonderful effort. 7/10.

Myers Avenue Red Root Beer

Myers Avenue Red Root Beer is made by Cripple Creek Brewing in Naperville, IL. I have to be honest, the first time I had this brew I didn't care for it. I had no idea what to expect. Who has ever heard of red root beer before? Am I right? A few weeks later, I tried another bottle and found myself enjoying every drop. It doesn't have a ton of traditional root beer flavor. It does have a ton of cinnamon and a little vanilla. It has a never ending head and a wonderful bite. I would recommend a very open mind when trying this for the first time. It does however deserve a solid 9.