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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!

 
 

Rocky Mountain Soda Co Boulder Birch Beer

August 24, 2015
Filed under: birch beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Brown Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, online Obtained in: sent by company
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 135 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 36g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rockymountainsoda.com

so they changed their recipe from when i first reviewed this drink. gone is the beet sugar which they seemed quite proud of, instead replaced with cane sugar. i contacted the company to confirm and also to try to get a mixed flavor case and they were kind enough to send it to me for reviewing! very cool! i kind of hope hey changed the overall recipe of this one a bit as well. i love birch beer so I was sad that the old recipe was not so good.
perhaps I am more forgiving today but i feel like this is better. it is still harsh and very sharp but it is not terrible. it isn't good necessarily either. it seems to be a combination of the chosen 'natural flavors' being very woodsy and almost bitter along with a very rough carbonation style which make it not so great. the bubbles take over and hide the real taste if you drink it soon after opening. if you let it sit a bit, the carbonation dies down, but the flavor behind it is not so wonderful. it lacks the usual wintergreen yumminess of most birch beers. i do wish it were better. i love their label and general vibe but for me it still isn't great, sadly.
Ingredients:triple filtered water, evaporated cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid


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Central Coast Brewing Root Beer

August 17, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 1 pint glass bottle, keg
Available: CA Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Huge Sweetener: sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.centralcoastbrewing.com

Eric comes through yet again with a new soda! I am quite surprised this has no ingredient list, I don't think that is legal. oh well, i will trust it is not poison. it is pretty exciting, mostly in a "hey, that's different!" sort of way, that this comes in a pint size bottle. in general parlance that would mean it is very small, but in this case, a pint is much larger than the usual root beer bottle size, so it means it is jumbo sized!
I really do like the label design here with orange and maroon stripes as a background and classic font choices for the words. excellent job there. at least they reveal that it is made with real sugar on there.
now, is it worth having an extra large amount of this soda? is it a drink that I cant get enough of and need to pound down? really, no. it is fine, but just doesn't have a strong taste. if you want something to drink along with food, that is great, but as the feature it falls short. the irony is that it is very carbonated so it does grab your attention in that way, tickling your mouth all up and nearly foaming over with each drink, but then it does not hold that attention with the flavor. there is a bit of a caramel flavor in there along with some creaminess but i think the sharp carbonation overpowers it and pushes it back too much for it to be very noticeable. maybe it would be better if i let it get flat.

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Rocky Mountain Soda Co Rocky Mountain Root Beer

August 10, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, online Obtained in: sent by company
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 135 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 36g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.rockymountainsoda.com

so they have also changed the recipe of their root beer to not have beet sugar anymore. it also does not specify that it is Colorado water anymore, so who knows where the water is now coming from?! Utah? Iowa? New Jersey?! it is a mystery indeed. and now it is proclaimed 'small batch' instead of 'batch brewed' which may be more alluring somehow? otherwise they have left things mainly the same, the same ram drawing on the label, the same excellent use of metallic ink for the name and company crest.
but is the taste the same? i have no idea, how could I remember every soda I drank, 5 years ago or whatever?! geez…
this one is not bad. it is high in the licorice/anise taste but it does not control it, it is more the aftertaste you are left with. before that it is subtle. the carbonation is pretty harsh in this brew as well, much like the birch, but here it works better. I think the flavor lends itself more to that mouth feel, it compliments instead of takes away. although I prefer this drink as well after the carbonation has gone down a bunch. it has a nice herbal flavor that sets it apart and a bit higher than your standard root beers. i'd say it is as good or better than the previous incarnation.
Ingredients:triple filtered water, evaporated cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid


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Lost Dog Cafe Root Beer

August 3, 2015
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: VA Obtained in: at Cafe in Arlington, VA
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No
Website: http://lostdogcafe.com

this one was a bit strange. the cafe itself seemed very cool, lots of yummy menu items and best of all, several huge coolers full of glass bottled drinks including several microbrew root beers including Dominion and Hanks. but that was not why i was there. i stepped up to the counter and ordered some of their root beer, no ice. that actually turned out to be quite expensive for a medium sized foam cup of soda. but no matter, all in the interest of expanding my root beer knowledge, right? yes indeed. but to only have their own brand on tap seemed curious, although I am sure it is easier than having it bottled instead or as well.
i actually drank this in my car as the cafe was packed full so i couldn't sit at a table inside, and the night was a bit chilly and i left my jacket in the car so i didn't think sitting on a bench on the sidewalk was too good of a plan. but that is fine. i can sit in a parking garage and sample some root beer, no problem. again, showing my dedication to the root beer tasting, although feeling a bit silly.
the taste is fairly standard really. it is creamy and sweet in a nice balance with a good level of carbonation. there is a bit of a rooty feel to it that slightly sets it apart yet it is not really enough to raise it up to higher levels. if there was a location nearby I may stop in occasionally, but it wouldn't be a go-to choice. I hear the food is excellent so if i do happen upon one again and i have time, i will be sure to sample that end of the business as well.



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