Sunday, November 30, 2014
Old No.3 root beer is hand crafted by The Milwaukee Brewing Company, which hails from Milwaukee, WI. The MBC tapped their first keg back in the November of 2007. This brew has instantly become one of my favorite sodas. Also...this is yet another amazing root beer from Wisconsin!! First off, the head on this brew is what root beer dreams are made of.... very frothy and almost everlasting! This brew has a perfect level of carbonation and the flavor profile is balanced almost impeccable. It's sweet, creamy, and basically heavenly. Old No.3 has got a major rooty kick! There is tons of luscious vanilla, caramel, and licorice to get your mouth watering. This brew has everything along with tremendous mouth feel. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 10/10.
1919 draft root beer was created in the 1960's by The August Schell Brewing Company. The New Ulm Brewing Company is the one who produces the party kegs that the root beer is sold in. ( This may be vice versa??...it's not real clear who does what...) Both of these breweries hail from Minnesota. There is an interesting story behind the "1919" name. 1919 signifies the year when hundreds of breweries were faced with the prospect of closing because of Prohibition(1919-1933). In order to keep their breweries open, Brewmasters chose to make near-beers, elixirs, and sodas. This practice continued until Prohibition was over. I got to say 1919 root beer is quite delightful. The head was very adequate but did not maintain for as long as I would have liked. You can't help but notice how creamy and full bodied this brew truly is. You got to love that they use real vanilla and pure granulated sugar. I'm also noticing some choice caramel in this remarkable soda. I really hope they'll decide to bottle this brew one day because the demand seems to be there....Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 9.5/10.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
This is a specialty root beer craft brewed by The Rock Island Brewing Company, which is located in Wading River, NY. Rock Island really does go the extra mile when brewing their soda. They are sticklers for attention to detail and in the end that assures constant consistency in all their sodas. For example, all their flavors are fired brewed in 50 bottle batches to ensure the highest quality. This root beer is just pure genius! This brew is the first of its kind and it's just extraordinary in so many ways. The head on this brew is creamy and is quite suitable. The body has all your usual core root beer flavoring but with an infusion of spiced pumpkin. Also, there is an addition of raw honey and pure vanilla that makes this an elixir of the gods. I honestly find myself relishing every swallow I take and I dont want the bottle to end. Can you think of a better beverage to be enjoying over the Thanksgiving Holiday? I can't...:) Rock Island Spiced Pumpkin Root Beer welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 11/10.
Rock Island Brewing Company is located Wading River, NY. Rock Island started hand crafting artisan soda in 2013. This brew yields an average or so head...it's sufficient enough in my book at least. Rock Island's original root beer is truly one of a kind. This brew has a solid sassafras flavor with noticeable notes of sweet honey, luscious vanilla, and spicy caramel. It's creamy goodness all in one bottle, Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!! 10/10.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monterey Soda root beer is brewed and bottled by The Monterey Beverage Company, which is located in Salinas, CA. This root beer is also certified all organic. Well, the head on this brew is pretty much non-existent. I also can't help but notice that this soda has an unappealing aroma. It's not overly sweet but would say it's a tad creamy. This root beer has an unpleasant aftertaste, which consists of a herbal/medicinal concoction. There is a core root beer flavor here, but I'm none too pleased with it's compliments. 4.5/10.
Duffy's Rowdy root beer is brewed and bottled in Denver, Colorado. Duffy's root beer has been around since 1929. They also claim to be a Colorado legend.(I'm not sure what that's all about..:) I couldn't help but notice the sugar content in this soda is considerably lower than most other sodas. There is only 25 grams of sugar in Duffy's. I would say the average soda has around 40 grams of sugar. So kudos to Duffy's for making that work....cause I would say this beverage is sweet enough in my opinion. Duffy's root beer produces a fantastic head. It's plenty tall enough and very frothy. This root beer does taste a little different though....maybe because of the sugar content...maybe? It is rather crip, I'm noticing some licorice and some mint. There is also just a touch of vanilla in there too. This stuff is growing on me the more I drink it...not too shabby. 7/10.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Wooley Bugger root beer is craft brewed and bottled by The Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company, which is located in Billings, Montana. The head on this brew is medium in size with a little staying power. The birch is strong in this one. The birch is complimented by some licorice and wintergreen. The aftertaste is a little hollow...and there's not much of a bite either. I really like root beers with a strong birch flavor profile. This is pretty good stuff but just not all there for me. 7.5/10.
Ozark Mountain Bottleworks root beer is hand crafted in Branson, Missouri. OZMB is a family owned business, which was started in 2009. Wow! The head on this one is almost legendary. It's enormous and everlasting and just so foamy. The body is minty creamy goodness!! There is so much vanilla, wintergreen, and touches of caramel. I just can't get enough... This root beer is just so enticing! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 10/10.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wild Bill's Rocky Mountain root beer is made by The Wild Bill's Old Fashioned Soda Company, which their headquarters are located in Millington, New Jersey. Wild Bill's has been family owned and operated since 2002. I have heard nothing but positive things about this brew and I'm very eager to try. After finishing this soda, I would definitely have to agree!...The head has medium height, frothy, and lasts a good while. The body is rich, creamy, and definitely on the sweet side. You can surely notice all the vanilla and caramel with hints of wintergreen in the finish. This is truly one exceptional root beer! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 9.5/10.
Rock It root beer is brewed and bottled for Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream. Emack & Bolio's headquarters are located in Brookline Village, MA and they opened for business back in 1975. First off, I'm very fond of this label. It's simple but remarkably cool. They combine my two favorite things....Root Beer and Music! The head on this brew is somewhat moderate but is very bubbly. I quickly noticed how smooth and crisp this brew is and yes...very tasty! I would say it's a little on the sweet side but I do like me some sweet. I'm just loving the the divine caramel and lush vanilla notes. They really combine for a heavenly aftertaste. This root beer is truly exquisite! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame. 10/10.
Haley and Annabelle's vanilla root beer is bottled by Twigs Beverages, which is located in Shawano, Wisconsin. There is an inspirational story behind the creation of this root beer company. These two girls (Haley&Annabelle) started selling root beer to save for their college fund. In the process, they created a delicious beverage that became an instant hit in the root beer community. I'm guessing that the girls brew the root beer and Twigs takes care of the bottling for them? I'm just guessing here.. These girls know what they are doing, cause this is one magnificent root beer. It has everything! The head is tall, frothy, and everlasting. It has a sweet and creamy body with some luscious bourbon vanilla! Very tasty! What? ....another remarkable root beer from Wisconsin? I'm shocked!!..:) Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame! 10/10.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Dat' Der' root beer is brewed under the authority of Lakeshore Bottling, which is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. If you live in Wisconsin and dine at an Applebee's, you can order one of these delicious root beers. These are available at all Applebee's in Wisconsin. I was a little disappointed to find out that this soda is just a private label Baumeister root beer though. I've yet to find out why root beer is so "dang"(also a root beer company from WI..ha.ha) popular in Wisconsin? There are more root beers brewed in Wisconsin than any other state....and most I would consider elite brews too! Any who, the head on this brew is just "ok" and fizzes down rather quickly. It's also a little thick and creamy. I'm noticing vanilla and cinnamon more and more after each swallow. It has pleasant finish with some sweet vanilla and cinnamon. It's just not all there for me....it's close to being a hall of famer though....but not quite..8.5/10.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
This root beer is made exclusively for Jason's Deli, which opened for business in 1976. I do believe this company originated in Texas and now has locations al over the U.S. This brew produces an outstanding head with tons of staying power. I would say this soda is a little on the sweet side and the carbonation level seems to be right on. It actually has a somewhat unusual flavor....I'm thinking a combination of caramel and butterscotch,,,with a touch of creamy vanilla. Very smooth!! I really like this one and their food was amazing too! 9/10.
Cappy's root beer is the house brew for Cappy's Chowder House, which is located in Camden, Maine. You can actually buy this brew directly through their website. It is brewed and bottled by Private Label Specialties....and is made specially for Cappy's. Unfortunately, this is just a basic root beer and there's nothing too lavish about it. It does have an above average head. I'm afraid the rest is just a generic flavor profile. I was checking out some pictures of the restaurant and of Camden...Wow!! This looks like a beautiful place to visit!! 5/10.
Friday, November 7, 2014
This brew is made by The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, which is located in Canmore, AB. The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company opened for business in 1996. The root beer review king of Canada sent me this brew. Thank you A.M.! Wow! The head on this one sure was in a hurry to go somewhere .(it didn't want to stay and look pretty atop of this brew)..the body is sweet and has your stereotypical or standard root beer flavor. If you look hard enough, you may detect some vanilla and caramel in your aftertaste. There's nothing fancy here...but not too bad. 7/10.
Captain Jack's root beer is brewed and bottled by Drunk Monkey Brew Works, which is located in Lewistown, PA. Drunk Monkey Brew Works launched their business in 2012. This brew definitely has some originality and I got to give props for that. The body is somewhat dark with very subtle notes of wintergreen, honey, and vanilla. The head on this soda really let me down though....maybe 4 seconds and completely gone. Overall, this is some tasty stuff and would definitely drink again. It's also important to support these small up and coming breweries. Cheers!! 8/10.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Begley's and Bill's root beer is brewed in Orange, CA. This is one of them dreaded sugar free craft sodas....it's also gluten and calorie free. I'm not overwhelmed with excitement to try and review this brew. In case anybody is wondering I found this at a health foods store. Well.....here we go....my first reaction...hey, this isn't too bad at all. It has a decent root beer flavor that's maybe a little herbal, but not horrible. I also detect a little caramel in the mix too. The head is pretty much non- existent and rather dreadful. This is by far the best sugar free root beer I've had to date. Trust me though, that's not saying much....5.5/10
Old No. 43 root beer is brought to you by The Edge, which is located in Shrewsbury, MA. Empire Bottle Works has been outsourced to bottle this product. I guess it took them 43 batches to perfect their recipe.....hence the name. This brew tastes wonderful! It only has a 4 second head, which is a little disappointing. Its got kind of a dark body that includes some molasses. The bite is delightfully spicy with some wintergreen maybe....All in all I really enjoyed this soda and will definitely hunt down some more if I'm ever in Boston again. 8.5/10
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Roc City root beer is brewed by College Club Beverages, which is located in Rochester, NY. College Club opened for business in 1922. Roc City yields a very impressive head, but didn't want to stick around very long. They really didn't get extremely creative when formulating this brew. It's somewhat basic...it is sweetened with pure sugar cane, which makes it very crisp and refreshing. I do detect a little caramel and maybe a little vanilla too. This is an "OK" brew at best, I'm afraid. 7/10.
Chuck Wagon root beer is made The Chuck Wagon Old Fashioned Soda Company, which hails from Pennsylvania. This company was started in 2000. I discovered this brew while I was goggling for other new root beers to try. I eagerly checked out their website and discovered they offered mail orders. Yay!!! I quickly noticed an above average head and some froth. I also notice that it's very sweet, but not too sweet. I'm loving the spicy caramel and the luscious vanilla. It has an outstanding flavor profile and is very smooth. I would imagine this brew would appeal to just about anybody! 9/10.
Weber's Superior root beer is hand crafted by The Weber's Root Beer Stand, which is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This brew has been around since 1891. They use 14 secret natural ingredients and also flavor age in birch bark barrels They bottle this beverage at the peak of its flavoring cycle. This is probably the brew I was the most anxious to try. I was so elated when I found out they were going to start bottling their famous root beer. Weber's produces an average head but it's very creamy and frothy. Birch is the flavor that really stands out to me here. I'm not sure "superior" is even the word for this brew...actually kind of sells it short. The sassafras and vanilla combine with the birch for a very bold and unique flavor. It has such a spicy bite and it's so amazing. This brew is a one of a kind and everybody needs to give it a try...you will not be disappointed!! 10/10
Roundy's root beer is brought to you by the Roundy's Supermarkets, their headquarters are located in Milwaukee, WI. Roundy's has been around since 1872. I didn't have huge expectations for this brew...usually store brands just want a safe and generic tasting root beer. Roundy's did decide to bottle theirs, so it's definitely worth a try. It produced an average head and had a little staying power. The flavor wasn't generic at all...it's a tad creamy with some vanilla, caramel, and honey notes. It has a pleasant bite and a delightful aftertaste. The caramel really makes itself known. I'm quite surprised! 7/10.