Friday, December 16, 2016

Rusty's Old Fashioned Rootbeer

Bryan Rust is a local legend in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a key component in the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup in 2016. Paul's Beverage Company, PLB Sports, and Giant Eagle all came together to develop this limited edition root beer. I'm up for any reason to develop a new brew. I couldn't be more pleasantly surprised with this soda. I'm discovering that they also wanted a tasty unique beverage created here. This wasn't just a quick money grab. I was expecting something rather basic but that couldn't be further from the truth. They use pure sugar cane as the main sweetner. This root beer is thick and creamy and sports a nice frothy head. It also has noticeable birch and cherry notes with a sassy rooty core.  It works quite well together! The finish is creamy smooth vanilla and cherry! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10.

Riley's Brewing Co. Hand Crafted Root Beer

Riley's Brewing Co is located in Madera, California. The head brewer started out a home brewer, who also grew up around brewing. After much trial and error and an annoyed wife, Daniel and his wife opened up their brewery. They now offer numerous beers, ales, specialty brews, and sodas. Their hand crafted root beer is what has intrigued me the most. This is truly an old school look on root beer. Their root beer has an authentic old fashioned favor and is very unique. It also sports a mammoth head. The body is complex and full flavored. I'm detecting a sarsaparilla core with numerous spices to compliment.(wintergreen, cloves, cinnamon, anise, all-spice, licorice, and burdock) My only knock would be that the molasses is a little overpowering. Molasses in my opinion, it's much better in small doses. The finish has creamy smooth vanilla and honey, which is the perfect ending to such a distinctive brew. 8.5/10.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Old Bottle Brewery Root Beer

Old Bottle Brewery is located in Ruston, Louisiana. They are just a home brewery for now but hope to be professional one day. For now, you can purchase their soda and beer at the local farmers market. I can't thank them enough for hooking me up with a sample of their tasty root beer. Thanks Hayden! Their root beer is brewed in small batches and personally hand bottled! I call that "attention to detail"!!! The body has an earthy touch to it and extremely rooty. It's not overly sweet but is lightly carbonated.  The complex flavoring includes: wintergreen, molasses, licorice root, star anise, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. I'm rather impressed on how creamy this brew is... it kind of caught me off guard. The head is thick, frothy, and rather stout. The finish is sweet vanilla and molasses with some spicy goodness. Too smooth!!! This is an unique brew with great presentation. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10.