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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!

 
 

Pub Dog Root Beer

June 29, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: MD Obtained in: Brewery in Columbia, MD
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.pubdog.net

now this was actually the first stop on my Maryland/Virginia root beer quest! It was in a strip mall of sorts, with a very cool and large outdoor patio area and also a really nice, airy indoor area as well. As it was one of the first nice days on the year there were loads of people outside, many with dogs even. while i was waiting for my growler to be filled a somewhat drunk fellow named John with a big beard and a Colorado t shirt struck up a conversation with me about nothing in particular. he was at the bar to get some doggie treats for the puppies outside, which i suppose the barkeeps dispense along with the usual human snacks. he was a nice enough guy, but somewhat drunk at noon thirty on a saturday seemed a bit bizarre although that may just be me who has never drank.
they had two sizes of growlers also which was a nice feature i think. that was i don't have to spend quite as much to sample it to go.
the flavor here is very standard and usual. again, that is fine. it is decent. not great, not bad. better than average though. it had little head when it was poured and even less now that it has been in my cooler for two days. but i will ignore the lose as it is more my fault. it has a good sweetness level, i would guess they use cane sugar. it is not really rooty or herbal. it would be a fine drink to have with a pizza or veggie burger if you don't want the food to be overshadowed. that is probably their intention here so they meet that goal. it is fine for what it is i just hope for more.

Anthony's Rating: 73
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Rock Bottom Brewery Root Beer

June 22, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: AZ, CA, CO, IL, IN, IA, MD, MA, MN, OH, OR, PA, VA, WA, WI Obtained in: brewery location in ARlington, VA
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rockbottom.com

this is the first review from my Maryland/Virginia root beer quest although not the first soda i tried over that two day period. this location was actually situated in a mall of sorts. the workers were, for once, very friendly and great about getting me some soda to go. there seemed to be some issue though as my bartender lady poured some of it into a tasting glass for another bartender to try, which, to me, meant it may not have been mixed right or maybe it was old or perhaps dirty? who knows. i did not try it in the restaurant as i had so many places to get to so this will be my first real taste.
they went for a very standard root beer flavor with this one. it seems most breweries do that. which is fine really but i'd prefer something unique. i see why they don't go too crazy as it should appeal to a wide range, but if you make it different in a good way, it will be more than a novelty really. so this is sweet to near the acceptable max level. i seem to detect a bit of brown sugar but it may just be a more caramel edge to it. it has a moderate amount of creaminess. it works but does not overly stand out. it is good for what it is, a very well done, standard root beer.
i did not sample the food so i cannot comment on that side of the business but the selection was good at least. perhaps next time.

Anthony's Rating: 81
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Barton Springs Soda Co Root Beer

June 15, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: TX, online Obtained in: mail order
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 40mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://bartonspringssodaco.com/

i had been told about this soda by someone and tried to obtain it but it was not working at all. so i broke down eventually and mail ordered it from one of the online retailers. perhaps i could have contacted the company and asked for a sample but i feel like these small soda companies can ill afford to send free stuff out and i can afford, sort of, to send for a bottle or two.
i like the style of this one, it is different if nothing else. very colorful and not copping out and doing the usual brown and orange root beer colors. yes, i know i cop out myself and use that color scheme myself in large part, but that is more justified since it is me and i can do no wrong.
the flavor is along the lines of the light, refreshing root beers. pretty sweet and a good caramel finish and aftertaste that does an excellent job of making you feel like it was good. it is good too, throughout the flavor profile, starting quite sweet, going to more of a lighter, almost herbal feel, reminding me of a very sweet tea in a way, then fading to a caramel-ish end. i enjoy it. it is something i have to pay attention to though to appreciate, it is a quiet good. strangely i think that takes it down a point although there definitely is a big place for sodas of that sort in the world. if you want to have a good soda while doing something else that requires attention, this would be the type to chose.
Ingredients:carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), quillaja extract


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Baranof Island Brewing Co Ben’s Brew Root Beer

June 8, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 22oz glass bottle
Available: AK Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.baranofislandbrewing.com/

Eric is a lucky man, he lives very close to the Root Beer Store so he can get lots of random new sodas very easily. I am a lucky man because he is willing to trade with me for sodas i can get that he cannot. i don't think i have had any root beer from Alaska before so that is very cool. that this is in a gigantic bottle is also cool but hopefully it is good enough to justify the size.
the label is ok, kind of standard and dull. although the suggestion that those on antibiotics drink this is different. you see the children and teetotalers suggestions sometimes but that is a new one for me. that there are no ingredients or nutritional info is a little annoying too. not a big deal but nice to know what i am ingesting.
ok, this is not good. i hate to say that since it has promise and usually brewery root beers are at least decent but this one is not. it barely tastes like root beer, which is not a problem if it tasted good. yet it does not. it is too sharp. and sort of sour and rough. but with little real taste to it. it is hard to describe so i keep taking sips and it keeps jabbing my mouth with tiny needles but not affecting my tongue much. it has a little sweetness in there and just barely tastes of root beer, but not much. it does not seem that carbonated so i don't think that is the culprit here, it is in the flavor profile.
it is a shame that this was shipped from Alaska to the Seattle area, then to me and i don't even want to drink it. but it is the price that must be paid to spread knowledge to the root beer masses. be warned.

Anthony's Rating: 52
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