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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!

 
 

Brew Kettle Root Beer

November 28, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, On Tap
Available: OH Obtained in: trade with Tony
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.thebrewkettle.com

awesome! yet another soda (or should i say "brew" in this case?) that i really didn't think i would be able to get which Tony traded to me. I actually did not even know they bottled this, so it was a very pleasant surprise when he offered it up.
the label is simple, somewhat an afterthought it seems. it makes me think they worried more about the product itself than the presentation. i mean for an Ohio brewer to be using Hawaiian cane sugar is dedication in itself. or maybe not. i really have no idea where most cane sugar comes from, it could be that 99% of cane sugar in the US comes from Hawaii anyway so I have been having it all along and not known it.
the drink itself is pretty simple as well. they don't pull any funny stuff but they make a really excellent beverage. it is smooth and sweet and nicely flavored. i really enjoy this. despite being not too unique, it becomes unique by doing it so well. each element is perfectly balanced. yes, it would be even better if they had some special twist that worked equally well. nonetheless i can't argue with a root beer that is this solid and straight up. nice job Brew Kettlers!
Ingredients:water, granulated Hawaiian cane sugar, natural & artificial flavorings, sodium benzoate, citric acid


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Antiqology Root Beer

November 21, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: IN Obtained in: bought from store
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://antiqology.com/

So Antiqology is a store in Indiana that carries lots of fun stuff, old things, new things that appear old, new things that are obviously new, unusual things of all eras, and ice cream and many bottled sodas. they had a special celebration in the summer of 2015 called 'Heritage Days' for which they had this special edition of soda made. when i head about it, i immediately contacted the store. they were kind enough to sell me some of it and ship it off to me as well! what good people. i really enjoy the design here, it has some of a 50s sort of feel to it with the old microphone (although I have no idea why that is on there), the fonts used and the general style and feel of it, with the faded colors and so on. yet it bothers me a bit that there is no 'u' after the 'q.' i felt it should be 'Antiquology' not 'Antiqology' but that is just me maybe.
after drinking this a bit, my first comment is that this has the longest lasting head of any soda in recent memory. it just stays there, all foamy and junk. it is not a good or bad thing, just a thing to note. also, as i drink more of this, the flavor seems to have completely changed. at first it was kind of harsh and pretty herbal. now, about halfway through, it is quite creamy and smooth, the harshness gone entirely. that is quite weird. the later taste is a bit more pleasant, yetit becomes sort of generic with that switcheroo. it was more unique at first. a little less pleasant but sometimes i prefer unique to pleasant.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative)


Anthony's Rating: 81
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Harvey & Vern’s Root Beer

November 14, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: Canada Obtained in: trade with Akira
Head: Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 20mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

for some reason I feel like i reviewed this one years ago. I did not and I am not sure which soda i am confusing it with. in any case, i like the design of this one. it is simple yet retro and true to lots of 'root beer design' rules. brown and white are the only colors used along with the amber of the bottle and the almost black appearance of the root beer within. they printed directly on the bottle instead of using a label which always gets bonus points from me, it looks so much better. being a Canadian company, they have all of the info in both english and french, so it is even more impressive that they have all of that info and it does not look cluttered. one thing that confuses me though is how there is more sugar than carbs in here, by a good amount. sugar should be a subset of the carb count, never less than it. maybe it is Canadian math.
the flavor of this root beer is on the upper end of the standard, expected taste. it has a very large and long lasting head which makes me think it should be ultra creamy. it is decently creamy, yes but it is more of a caramel type creaminess than a milky creaminess, to my tongue. alongside that creaminess is a little kick of usual spices and herbs. so yeah it is fine. but great, not bad. it just is. which is not terrible.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavouring, yucca extract, citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 77
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North Star Craft Soda Root Beer

November 7, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MN, online Obtained in: trade with Tony
Head: Sweetener: sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 45g Sugar: 45g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://northstarcraftsoda.com

I did not even know this soda existed before Tony posted about getting some. I of course contacted him right away about getting some extra for me. as he is a super awesome guy, he did just that. although I just realized I did not send back my end of the trade yet! oops, bad anthony! i will try to remember to send his stuff out tomorrow. in any case….
this is made by the Whistler Bottling company but is definitely a different recipe. actually the website just goes to the Whistler site and they talk about having two lines of soda. i gather this is their more modern take on root beer. i am not sure what that should taste like if so, thus i'd better find out…
alright, it is a sweet, yet slightly watered down taste to me. it has a traditional root beer taste, nothing crazy or outrageous or out of the box at all here. i enjoyed it more when i first tried it but as i drink more i am less impressed. it tastes good but is a bit generic in that goodness. if i had not had 600+ sodas i probably would find it different. it is pretty creamy and caramel tasting although like i said, some swallows seem watery for some reason. curious… if i did not have lots of choices, i could see getting this occasionally.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, sugar, natural flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (as preservative) and citric acid


Anthony's Rating: 81
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