Saturday, October 25, 2014
Crafty Characters root beer was formulated by U.S. Foods. U.S. Foods is located in Rosemont, IL. I read an article almost two years ago and it was announcing that U.S. Foods were going to be releasing a line of artisan craft sodas So....after two years of emails and following up with the company...this beverage is finally ready. The other two flavors include a Ginger Beer and a Mexican Cola. It is also my understanding that a group of Chefs came together to develop the recipes for these craft sodas. This brew is lacking in the head department but that is about it. This root beer is packed full of flavor! It's very creamy and has tons of rich vanilla jumping right out at you. This brew has your standard root beer flavor with some sweet birch, star anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg. These spices all infused together...gives you a very tasty and unique drinking experience! 9.5/10
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thunder Beast root beer is brewed and bottled in Washington, D.C. Thunder Beast has only been around since 2013. It is my honest opinion, I think Thunder Beast is going to available for many years to come! I appreciate that they decided to offer this Black Label version. The Black Label is a similar version to their flagship brew, but crafted slightly different each batch. Very cool! This brew does yield an above average head but with meager staying power. The body is scrumdiddlyumptious! I just adore the savory maple and butterscotch that is just so accommodating on your taste buds, Also, you can't forget the sweet birch and wintergreen finish...So enticing! Welcome to the brew of fame, Thunder Beast. 10/10.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Hermann Wurst Haus root beer is made by The Crown Valley Brewery, which is located in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. They also make the Fizzy Izzy root beer. So, I had to make sure these 2 brews used different recipes. I did in fact find out that they are not the same formula. Good deal!! Hermann Wurst Haus root beer produces an incredible head....very thick and frothy! This brew is very smooth. It has notes of vanilla, honey, and licorice. A fabulous flavor profile! There isn't much of a bite, but the aftertaste is very unique...it's almost a fruity or candy licorice flavor....actually very tasty! 8.5/10.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Calvin's 1836 root beer is brewed and bottled in Hermann, Missouri. On August 27, 1836 the colony of Hermann was established. This brew produces a head that just doesn't quit. Wow! I am quickly noticing notes of vanilla, honey, and caramel. This brew has a delightfully sweet body. The bite is spicy caramel and a little carbonation burn. The aftertaste is creamy sweet goodness. I can't get enough of that luscious vanilla! This is yet another elite brew from Missouri. 9/10.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Pithy Little Soda Works root beer is brewed at The Pithy Wine Company, which is located in Paso Robles, CA. Pithy is a family business that was established in the 1930's. This gem of a root beer yields one impeccable head! You really got to see it for yourself...This delicacy has heavenly notes of star anise, wintergreen, and luscious vanilla. It's sweet, creamy, refreshing, and just so delightful!! This certainly is a root beer you don't come across everyday. Splendid! Superb! Perfect! 10/10.
Baco Pop root beer and chocolate is made by Baco Mercat, which is located in Los Angeles, CA. Baco Mercat is an unique restaurant that opened for business in 2012. This restaurant even has their own soda line that includes 5 signature flavors. One of these flavors include the "root beer & chocolate". This soda is distinctive to say the least. I'm struggling to decide whether I like this brew or not...I've never been so puzzled over a root beer in my life! One thing is for sure, I couldn't drink this everyday....but I'm thinking this is ok. It's equal parts root beer and chocolate alright! You better just get a bottle and decide for yourself...6/10.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Crooked Oak root beer is made by the good people at Columbus Brands, which is located in Los Angeles, CA. Crooked Oak is the newest and most welcomed addition to the craft soda world. There's no holes in this brew. There is tons of flavor. It's rather hard distinguishing all the individual spices, It does have superior root beer flavor, which seems to be complimented by cloves, licorice, and vanilla. This brew isn't overly sweet nor overly creamy...but it works. They say they're trying to create an unique and refreshing flavor experience. I couldn't agree with them more! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 10/10.
AJ Stephans butterscotch root beer is made in Fall River, MA. AJ Stepahns started selling their soda in 1986. AJ's is the latest soda company to brew a butterscotch root beer. To my knowledge, this is the 4th butterscotch brew in existence. This soda produces minuscule head, but does produce one. This butterscotch brew isn't as sweet as the others, which is ok. Please don't expect any traditional root beer flavoring. I do detect a little caramel and vanilla, but mostly it's butterscotch all the way! I do enjoy a butterscotch root beer from time to time....and you can't go wrong with this brew! 8/10
Ginseng Up root beer is made in Worcester, MA. Ginseng Up was founded in 1981. There are some benefits to having ginseng in your root beer. Ginseng can boost your energy, reduce stress, improve memory and cognitive function, enhance libido, lower cholesterol, eliminate toxins, and even prevent infection. It didn't take me long to figure out that this was a top-notch root beer. It has a really nice head and didn't leave me hanging out alone. This brew is creamy and has a perfect level of sweetness. It has a bold vanilla aftertaste that's just to die for. I hope I can find more bottles of this brew in the future. 9/10.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Red Barrel root beer is craft brewed by The Keuka Brewing Company, which is located Hammondsport, NY. They opened their doors for business in the fall of 2008. Apparently this was a very popular brew in NYC in the late 1800's. I also read the now owner won this root beer recipe in a game of poker. Read this ingredient list: cane sugar, quillaia extract, malt extract, vanilla bean, ginger, clove, and cinnamon. I thought with those spices....that this would be amazing. This brew is lacking in every department. It was a very unusual flavor, which isn't the greatest. This soda needs a lot of work! 4.5/10
Twig's root beer is made by Twig's Beverage, which is located in Shawano, Wisconsin. Twig's Beverage was started in 1951. Lets start with the head.....oh wait!!!??!! What head? This brew produced no head what so ever. Lets move on...shall we? I'm quite fond of this root beer. It's not complex or creamy...but there's something unique here. I can't put my finger on it though..Any who, this is good stuff. 8.5/10
This root beer is made by The Glacier Brewing Company, which is located in Polson, Montana. This brew produces an above average head with some staying power. However, I'm struggling to find any flavor or spice in this brew. It's has a very nice velvety smooth texture...but this stuff is bland!! I'm kind of shocked because Glacier has an outstanding reputation. It's just very light on flavor and just plain hollow. 5/10.
Black Sheep root beer is made by The Otter Creek Winery, which is located in Philadelphia, NY. The Otter Creek Winery opened for business in 2007. This brew is formulated with sarsaparilla and brown sugar. You can really taste the brown sugar in this one. Divine!! The sarsaparilla really does incorporate an unique flavor in this beverage. It's also hard to ignore the silky smooth texture and the angelic vanilla finish...this brew truly is remarkable!! Otter Creek Winery says "We think a finer root beer has yet to be bottled". I might just have to agree with them...:) 10/10
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Boom Chugga Lugga Cherry Root Bear is made by Cherry Republic, which is located in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Cherry Republic was established in 1989 and now has four locations across the state of Michigan. I was a little apprehensive about trying this brew. I wasn't completely sold on the idea of mixing cherry with root beer. Well, I could not have been more wrong... I was fascinated there was a perfect balance of cherry to root beer. They mix quite well together actually. I would say it's more of a black cherry flavor and just a tad of vanilla shows up in the finish. There's basically zero head to speak of however....and the bite is basically all carbonation burn. This being said.... There really is a lot to admire about this brew...It's very unique and tastes heavenly!! 9/10.
This root beer is made by the Propeller Brewing Company, which is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Propeller opened for business in 1997. My friend AM sent this one to me. This brew does produce an adequate head, which is acceptable in my book. I would prefer this soda to be a little sweeter. In this case, the flavor in this one is a little anemic....so some extra sweetness would be beneficial. There is a somewhat solid finish with some creamy vanilla. There's not much bite to speak of though...I wouldn't say this brew is superb, but it's definitely satisfactory. 7/10.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
This root beer is made by the Central Coast Brewing Company, which is located in San Luis Obispo, CA. The brewery opened their doors for business in 1998. The head on this brew is rather large, but tends to diminish rather quickly. The level of sweetness is almost perfect. Its a tad creamy and has hints of vanilla and wintergreen. This brew is rather delightful and is almost top-notch....but not quite, I'm afraid. 8.5/10
Big Buck Brewing Company is located in Gaylord, Michigan. They opened for business back in 1995. The head on this root beer fizzed away so fast, it actually kind of freaked me out. I have never seen anything close to that in all my years. In deed, very weird. This is kind of a stout brew, There's really not much going on in this one. Over carbonated and light on flavor. Wintergreen seems to be the so called dominant spice here. 5.5/10.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Bronx Pop root beer is made in New York City, NY. They started selling Bronx Pop in 2009. This company seems to be gaining a bit of popularity lately. I recently met up with one of the owners to pick up a case of their root beer. We got to talking, and he was telling me that AMC is going to be filming a reality show on Bronx Pop. Wow! That's kind of cool!! So, please follow their Facebook page for more upcoming details. This soda was a delight to drink. The level of sweetness and carbonation were perfect. It produced a decent foamy head. I enjoyed the creamy vanilla and caramel aftertaste. This is a sound root beer in all aspects. 8/10.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Appalachian Brewing Company root beer is made in Harrisburg, PA. ABC were established back in 1997. I can't get over how amazing this brew smells. Appalachian quickly has become one of my favorite brews. This soda is thick and full bodied. Licorice and wintergreen are the spices I taste in this craft soda. I do detect a little vanilla too. I don't taste a lot of honey here though...the label says we should expect a "Delightful Blend of Honey". Oh well....my only knock would be it's a little overly carbonated to my tastes....not a bad head though!! 9.5/10
Sparky's fresh draft root beer is made in Pacific Grove, CA. Sparky's was made available to the public on April 1, 2000. As they say....and the rest is history. Let me start off by saying that it was Sparky's that lead to my obsession of handcrafted root beer. I couldn't believe something so tasty existed and it was so different from any other root beer I had ever had. It took me almost 4 years before I found a brew that was as good or better than Sparky's.. So thank you Sparky's!!! This is such a full flavored and premium root beer. They add birch, wintergreen, vanilla, and honey to this soda. Its very smooth and a tad creamy. A perfect level of carbonation and a decent head too. Sparky's root beer really is "Leading the Root Beer Revival"!!! 10/10.
Captain Phillips Electro's Intergalactic root beer is made by Phillips Soda Works, which is located in Victoria, B.C. Phillips started making their soda back in November of 2012. My root beer buddy from Canada sent this one to me! Thanks AM! Ok...I have to say how much I love their label. It's very retro and they use unique 12oz bottles too. This has to be the longest name ever given to a root beer....kind of exhausting to say.. Ha Ha. Well, this brew produces a very thick and frothy head, a one of a kind if you will. It honestly took me almost 5min to pour my bottle. This brew is rather complex and full bodied. There are so many flavors jumping out at you, it's kind of hard to keep track of them all. It's got a smooth vanilla sassafras flavor with some subtle cinnamon and wintergreen in there too. The bite is unique because black pepper makes itself known. I've never tasted black pepper in a brew before. Phillips was absolutely thinking outside the box when creating this masterpiece. 9.5/10.
Seymour Beverages root beer is made in Seymour, WI. Seymour starting selling soda way back in 1888. These guys have been around awhile huh? They use ultra thick returnable glass bottles. This is also my first experience with 7oz bottles. I've seen 8oz but never 7oz. This brew does produce a nice average head. There's nothing too flashy when it comes to the flavor of this root beer. Its lightly carbonated and is very crisp and refreshing beverage. There's no syrupy aftertaste....just a nice and simple traditional root beer. 7/10.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Junior Johnson root beer is bottled under the authority of Yadkin Valley Foods, which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I couldn't find any info at all about this brew. My root beer retailer didn't know much either...so any who...As I poured the bottle into my mug, I was quickly impressed by the above average head. I took a drink. It starts out just "ok"....then it goes into the most dreadful and off-putting aftertaste I've ever experienced. It almost tastes vegetable like...I'm not going to bother even finishing this bottle...sorry. 1/10
Babbling Brooke's root beer is made by Better Bitters Brewing Company, which is located in Burlington, Ontario. Better Bitters opened their doors for business back in 1992. I was in Canada awhile back and decided to stop off in Burlington. I picked up some Babbling Brooke's and I was on my way to Toronto. Babbling Brooke's has a very dark and complex body. This is an exceptional brew. It's not overly sweet and is lightly carbonated. You can really taste the sassafras, cinnamon, and the star anise. Also, it's not everyday you see orange peel listed in your root beer. I'm not exactly sure what role it plays but it works for me. I enjoyed this brew so much I had my friend Akira send me some more down through the mail. Thanks little buddy!! 10/10.
"Fest" pecan root beer is made in New Orleans, LA. Fest is a new company, which currently offers 4 unique and intriguing flavors. They include almond cola, satsuma mint cola, bourbon cream soda, and pecan root beer. I got an email a few weeks ago from the Soda Emporium and they wanted to let me know about this new brew. I had to look twice when I read "pecan root beer". To my knowledge, this is the first of its kind. Fest are instantly pioneers in the root beer business. This stuff is yummy alright...:) You can definitely taste the pecan and maybe even some praline. It's even a tad creamy with subtle vanilla notes in the aftertaste. My only knock is that it had a 3 second head. All in all, this soda did not disappoint! Very unique! 9.5/10