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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!

 
 

Duffy’s Rowdy Root Beer

August 29, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, online Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Medium Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 100 Sodium: 20mg
Carbs: 25g Sugar: 25g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.duffysrootbeer.com

upfront I will admit I am sceptical about this soda being a unique brand, it just looks too much like a custom label job. but if the good doctor and sleuth has certified it as being genuine, then I will accept it as such as well. i very much like the metallic green ink they used on the label in any case, it's unique and fun. the little sprite/elf/brownie/peter pan knock off is also pretty fun. it does seem to resemble the Brownie Root Beer mascot dude wearing green quite a bit, but hey, whatever.
so drinking this soda, it just strikes my pallet wrong. how do i describe the problem though? it is an overly creaminess mixed with a over carbonation i think. to me, it comes across wrong, just too heavy or almost sickening for some reason. I don't hate the drink, it is alright, and I do applaud them for venturing out a bit in their recipe, but to me, it does not work too well. the head is excellent and at times the taste is good, but before and after that goodness is a weird, less goodness. maybe you'll love it though!
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, caramel color, citric acid, natural flavors and sodium benzoate


Anthony's Rating: 68
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Empire Bottling Works Birch Beer

August 22, 2016
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: White Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NY, RI, online Obtained in:
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 120 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 30g Sugar: 30g
Caffeine: No

Somehow this drink eluded me for many years. it was based not THAT far away so i always thought i'd find it somewhere at some point. that is not a very safe or good way to think since so many companies don't last. it has been over 11 years since i reviewed the first thing i found from them, their root beer, so to me it is surprising that i never did get this until now. via trade it is now mine though and will shortly cross my lips! I like this style of bottle, the shorter, slightly squatter sort of deal and their design works well with it although it is a bit generic. no matter in the end as look as it is good.
this soda is in fact very tasty. it is not quite as wintergreen as i hope for in a clear/white birch beer, but it is still very crisp and refreshing. as i have probably mentioned before in a white birch beer review, them being pretty rare makes ones that is the expected norm is still an exceptional thing so it rates more highly than a root beer that fits in with the expected norm. or maybe because the norm for root beers is more along the lines of A&W or Barqs which are indeed mediocre whereas the norm for a clear birch is maybe Pennsylvania Dutch's clear birch. hhhmmm, i wonder what is the biggest seller in white birch? i really don't know. there is not a company i see all the time really. maybe Simpson Springs even, they seem to have solid distribution. the focus here though is this drink! the carbonation reminds me a bit more of a seltzer than I'd like. it is just more tingly and stinging than I prefer. but not so much so that it wrecks the drink for me.
Ingredients:natural artesian spring water, made with 100% cane sugar, natural and/pr artificial flavor extracts, citric acid, sodium benzoate


Anthony's Rating: 84
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Island Girl Beverages Root Beer

August 15, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NJ Obtained in: Milano's in Morristown, NJ
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 180 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 44g Sugar: 44g
Caffeine: No

i always appreciate when my friends and family bring me root beers. although often they are not new to me, the effort and thought is so awesome. I was actually kind of surprised when my brother gave me this one. i mean, a new vanity label in New Jersey?! it could of course just be a variation on Private Label or something really made by Ginseng Up, but i will assume not for the sake of argument and no real proof to the contrary.
the label is somewhat generic and very much feels like a simple custom job, nothing wrong with that at all really. i will have to get to this place though myself one day, the pizza is supposed to be amazing. plus it makes me think of Alyssa Milano and my youthful crush of many years on her, so that's all good to. i know there is no connection whatsoever, although i am surprised that 'whatsoever' is one word. huh, who knew? you probably. maybe Alyssa too.
the soda is fine, good even. standard good. predictable good. what you'd expect to get when you grab a root beer, nothing less, maybe a little more. sweet without being syrupy, hearty but light enough to guzzle and quench while doing so, a bit creamy but not in a sickening way. it's just fine. which makes it hard to write about.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 80
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Doggone Good Soda Sarsaparilla

August 8, 2016
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, 20oz glass bottle
Available: CA Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Small Sweetener: sucrose
Calories: 120 Sodium: 27mg
Carbs: 30g Sugar: 29g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://doggonegoodsoda.com

So Sagi came through for me again on this one! Hooray Sagi!! Thank you kindly friend! Again with the same, interesting, very hand crafted seeming bottle and hang tag and all of that. their website seems to suggest they are a much bigger outfit than this product seem to indicate, but perhaps I am overestimating a good website and also over estimating the hand production on this one.
This one is also not very carbonated at all. that surprises me somewhat. i figured the ceramic flip top would preserve carbonation better than a twist off cap but the few sodas i have had in flip tops have not proven that theory at all.
the sarsaparilla is a bit more herbal and rooty tasting than the root beer was. in addition i find it sweeter, which is unusual but a pleasant combination. the sweetness really kicks in later, as the herbal taste is fading so it does not come off as sticky but leaves you with the knowledge that it is a sweet drink yet you have that memory of something else previous to that. the herbal-ness is more sassafras with a tiny hint of anise and ginger in there. I am not sure I prefer it to the root beer by just a little bit. that is not a slight on this drink, it is good.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sucrose syrup, sodium benzoate, citric acid, and natural and artificial flavor.


Anthony's Rating: 91
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