Thursday, October 20, 2016

Butchertown Soda Root Beer

Butchertown Soda is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Butchertown is a neighborhood in Louisville and has quite the storied history. Butchertown is known for its culinary arts and creative nature. Butchertown Soda is a newcomer to the craft soda world and hope to be players for years to come. Their root beer has an earthy vibe to it. It's not too sweet but is spicy and creamy too. Sassafras and sarsaparilla have come together and have brought along some vanilla and cinnamon for the ride. There is a little bite from spice and it mantainted quite the frothy head.  This is definitely an unique and complex take on root beer. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Potosi Brewing Co. Root Beer

This is yet another brew from the land of root beer, which is Wisconsin. The body is thick, creamy, and rather sweet. There's so much honey and vanilla and it's phenomenal once it hits your lips.  Then it fades to some spice and more creamyness. There is a little bite and a sufficient head was built. The finish is smooth, creamy, and a flourish of spicy sweet honey. This is just one of many remarkable root beers from Wisconsin. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 10/10.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Frost Creek Craft Beverage Company Root Beer

Frost Creek Root Beer comes from the land of Texas. They opened for business back in 2014. Frost Creek claims it all starts with their first ingredient, which is triple filtered water. This gives the soda a crisp clean taste. They sweeten all their sodas with pure sugar cane. Frost Creek is a stickler for attention to detail. The owners purchase the ingredients and are involved in the process from start to finish. This brew sports a thick and frothy head. It has a solid flavor profile but not overly complex. It's sweet and has a rooty core with smaller traces of vanilla, caramel, and wintergreen.  I'm also sensing small clove notes in the finish and aroma. This is a solid brew in all areas. 8/10.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pic-a-Pop Root Beer

I've finally got my hands on Pic-a-Pop in glass. I've been in search for quite some time.....but the time has come. Pic-a-Pop opened for business in 1971. Their headquarters were located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are basically the Canadian version of A&W, Barqs, or Dad's. They've been a mainstay for a generation of soda drinkers. I wish I could say it has been worth the wait. It saddens me...but this is not very good stuff. The head dissappeared in a blink of an eye. It starts out ok on initial contact but then turns to a sour herbal and fruity wave of flavor. The body is just syrupy and sticky wthout much traditional root beer flavor. The finish is just more sour and fruity notes...I'm not amused. Canada needs to look to other options....not sure how this company became a linchpin in the soda world. 4/10.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Rabbit Ridge Paso Pure Root Beer

This brew is bottled by Rabbit Ridge Soda Company and they are located in California. This has an intriguing aroma and it builds quite the impressive head. This soda is jam packed full of flavor. It's sharp and sassy and mildly sweet. It's prodominantly flavored with birch, sarsparilla, wintergreen, and vanilla. I believe it also has lighter notes of clove, ginger, and licorice. There's so much bite it is barking. The finish is powerful rooty spice with a touch of creamy vanilla. 8.5/10.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Root Naturals Apothecary Craft Soda Root Beer

The people that brought you Buckeye State Scarlet Soda now bring you Root Naturals Apothecary Root Beer. This soda is being handcrafted in Cincinnati, Ohio. Apothecaries are a strong part of Cincinnati's history and they wanted to keep the tradition alive. Even the label has an old school feel to it. The body has a subtle sweetness and is a tad creamy. It is perfectly balanced and is lightly carbonated. There is wintergreen, caramel, and vanilla that ties in the sassafras core effortlessly. The head is adequate and there is a noticeable bite from fizzy spice. The finish has spicy vanilla wintergreen notes and the caramelized sugar lingers just enough for an exhilarating drinking experience. The Buckeye State is going to be very proud! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Polly's Pop Root Beer

Polly's Pop hails from Independence, Missouri. It warms my heart to see stories like this one. Polly's Pop has been revived from extinction and now stands back in its original form. The company went out of business in 1967. A local family and dedicated citizens of Independence made it their mission to get Polly's Pop back up and running. Mission accomplished!!! They wanted to maintain it's old fashioned flavor and impeccable quality. Pure sugar cane is the main sweetner in Polly's Pop. This brew is lightly carbonated with immaculate mouth feel. The head was more than admirable. The body has a flawless level of sweetness and a subtle sassafras and caramel core. There are also undertones of wintergreen and vanilla.... which turns into a creamy triumph. This brew has a little bit to it....mostly from remaining spice.  The finish is a blended spicy creamy delight. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10

Country Folk Soda Root Beer

According to the bottle..Country Folk Soda is brewed and bottled for Crown Valley Branson. My contact at the winery assured me this was an unique recipe and not Fizzy Izzy with a new label. I could tell that immediately after trying my first bottle. The gentleman on the bottle is Bobby Joe! He's a good ol' boy, that loves to have fun and get rowdy. He's hard-working but can be short tempered and is scared of critters. I can't make this stuff up folks! Now that's over....soda review shall we? This is a rather standard brew. It has a nice old fashioned flavor. The body isn't overly sweet nor too creamy. It has a pleasant rooty core with prodominant notes of caramel and wintergreen.  There are also smaller traces of vanilla, clove, and spice. It has an unexpected spicy bite and exceptional head. The finish is smooth spicy caramel.  This is definitely not an overly complex brew but is presented quite nicely. 8.5/10

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Big Muddy Brewing Co. Root Beer

Did you really think my haul was finished? Oh no my friends...this haul is unprecedented and perhaps legendary.  There's a particular pacific northwesterner who relies on me desperately and I guess he relies on "The Root Beer Store" too to discover new brews ....I can't let him down! I'm surprised it's taken this long to discover a sasquatch themed root beer but we finally got one. Big Muddy Brewing Company is the proud brewer of this tasty treat! The body is rich and creamy and mildly sweet.  Some of my favorites are making themselves known here...we got strong traces of vanilla and honey here. Up next are lighter notes of clove, wintergreen, and a touch of spice. The head was thick, frothy, and rather exquisite. There's not much bite but the finish was creamy smooth bliss! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9.5/10

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Happy Camp'r Root Beer

Happy Camp'r Root Beer comes from the land of 10,000 lakes. Minnesota is one of the better states for root beer too. Happy Camp'r is a one man operation and he mostly does farmers markets and festivals. I'm rather impressed because this brew is satisfying and refreshing. It developed a quite ample head when poured into my mug. It has a strong sarsparilla core with lighter notes of vanilla, wintergreen, and licorice.  Brown sugar is the main sweeter and is the perfect compliment to a complex brew! Well done! 8.5/10.