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November 14, 2011
Filed under: random junk — anthony @ 12:56 pm

Hello and welcome to the oldest, largest and frankly the best root beer reviewing site in the world! over 625 brands reviewed so far! i also throw in birch beer and sarsaparilla reviews occasionally while i am at it since to me, they are the same genre. once in a while i even detour into other branches of the root beer tree, such as spruce beer, dandelion & burdock and the like. a new review publishes every week on Monday with the random post or review of root beer related stuff every once in a while. feel free to submit your own ratings, check out the rankings from me and other visitors, see what sodas are available near you and more. make a float, tap a keg or mix some extract up and enjoy!

anthony (me) started reviewing root beer related drinks in '96 but has always loved the delicious joy of root beer and birch beer and just kept it going ever since. if you have any suggestions of features you'd like to see or sodas you want reviewed, let me know!

 
 

Butler Extracts Imitation Root Beer Extract

February 1, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: extract
Available: PA, online Obtained in: mailorder
Head: None Sweetener: none
Caffeine: No

this is one of the most confusing brands i have ever encountered. the box says "Butler's Extracts" all over it but also "Butler Extract Co" with the address. the bottle though has "Dutch Bakers" very big on it with the same "Butler Extract Co" and an address on the bottom. so it is rather confusing what the name of this is. the recipe on it uses 4 gallons of water, 4 lbs of sugar and yeast. i did not want to do that, just for one glass/bottle of it to sample. so i followed the recipe from a different extract and hoped for the best. i think it came out how they intended.
the point of an extract is to taste like the expected flavor of course, so this succeeds in that regard. it is standard root beer flavor. and that is fine and good for baking or whatever but not exactly what i am seeking when i mix up a batch of soda myself. I always hope that they will do something a little different, make it unique. Some do, but that is more the syrups than the extracts. this is alright and does the job. i'll probably keep the rest around for baking something.
Ingredients:caramel color, propylene glycol, water, phosphoric acid, natural and artificial flavor, sodium benzoate (as preservative)


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Mark’s Original Birch Beer

January 25, 2016
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: White Birch Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: NJ Obtained in: Middlesex County Fair, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

one thing my children love, it is a fair. or rides of that type in general. one thing i love, besides root beer of course, is fair food, it works out then. so a couple years ago i saw there was a giant sign for a county fair in a neighboring county to be coming up and thought it was something they would love. and i was sure they would have yummy delights for me as well. it didn't disappoint in either regard, rides were ridden, fried foods were eaten, everyone went home happy. my kids asked to go to the fair all the time after that and they learned the valuable lesson of fairs not being permanent fixtures so enjoy them while you can. although the jersey shore boardwalk is basically a fair that lasts all summer so i understand their confusion. but i digress.
the following year the fair was back so again we went. it was bigger and better than ever. and! i spotted a sign at one of the food trucks, "Mark's Original Birch Beer" it proclaimed! what?! this is my home state, how do i not know of this 'mark' fellow and his culinary delights?! i asked the fellow manning it if they really made it themselves and he insisted they did. so i forked over some cash and sampled it right then and there while the kids did some crazy dragon ride or something.
It actually was pretty tasty. now, maybe it is because white birch beers are much more rare than root beers or maybe because i think a standard white birch just tastes better than a standard root beer but a standard white birch scores much higher than a standard root beer would. this one was full of wintergreen minty goodness along with a nice healthy level of sugar. it could have been a bit more carbonated

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Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain Root Beer

January 18, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: NY Obtained in: at restaurant
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com/

My plan for the day was to drive into Brooklyn from my home state of New Jersey and have brunch with one of my oldest and dearest friends and then pick up another one for a little root beer finding quest. But the first part did not work out so I was in Brooklyn with some time to kill. I knew there were probably a couple of root beers out there somewhere. it's a hip place, small batch soda is a hip thing, at least in my mind, thus there has to be some that I didn't know or was forgetting about. google came to my aid and the Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain came up. I knew of the place but it is unclear whether they have their own root beer, the website lists other flavors but no root or birch beers. But i had time to kill so off i went. and lo and behold, they did have a root beer! and some amazing looking donuts. so i got one of those as well.
i was a bit concerned since they put quite a bit of ice in the cup but i figured if i drank it soon it wouldn't really be watered down much yet. so i drank it soon. and was let down. it is not good. it is much too bitter and trying to do an herbal thing that did not work out the way they expected or hoped or planned. it is not watery at all yet, that might actually help it out a bit to lessen the bitter. it also could be sweeter i suppose, maybe that would counterbalance it. i can't help but compare them to the Franklin Fountain as they have a similar schtick, olde tyme soda fountain sort of deal. but where as Franklin Fountain rocks it so far out of the park, Brooklyn Farmacy hits a line drive right to the short stop. that is, it looks like it might have promise for a second, and then nope, caught, tasted and goes back to its seat, forlorn.

Anthony's Rating: 41
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More Good Root Beer Syrup

January 11, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: syrup
Available: NY, online Obtained in: gift from Michael
Head: None Sweetener: cane sugar, honey
Caffeine: No
Website: http://drinkmoregood.com

it is pretty rare that someone presents me with a bottle or can of a root beer i had never heard of. even extracts and syrups at this point, i feel like i know what's out there. or at least what is available and obtainable in my area. but this one was a surprise. that is a good thing. actually a couple days later i saw an article about it so it seems i would have discovered it shortly after, but no matter.
so the bottle says to mix it 1 part syrup to 10 parts seltzer. i did that. it is not good. at all. yeah, it is all natural and organic and all of that, woo hoo, whoop-d-doo! but at least make it taste good. it is bitter despite sugar being the first ingredient and honey thrown in there too. it is sort of herbal, in a tea type of way. that is fine. or could be fine but here it isn't so much. i have had much worse drinks, granted.
Ingredients:organic cane sugar, distilled water, organic gum arabic, organic flavors, locally sourced honey, organic roots, organic citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 59
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