there are very few companies out there that make a birch beer and not a root beer. sadly the birch beers seem to be an afterthought, something to try after they make a root beer they are satisfied with. Boylans of course had their 2 birches out well before their root beers made the scene. Briars i think was the same. and there are a couple of PA brands (PA Dutch, that Bear one, etc) that only make birches. but none that due it just in glass bottles and none from Maryland. oh wait, there are the 2 Real Soda in Real Bottles birches, so i guess there is another company in California. i don’t see any mention of this soda on the McCutcheon website though so hopefully it is still made.
i like that they proudly proclaim on the label that there are no Corn Sweeteners or Caffeine in here, as someone who avoids both of those things. very nice McCutcheon’s! thanks. i think i got a slightly bad bottle or else i just waited too long to open it as the carbonation level is rather low. not totally absent but lower than i would think it should be. maybe i can order more sometime to be sure.
i am liking this stuff. it reminds me more of a usual red birch than a brown one as the wintergreen taste is there along with the sweetness and somewhat herbal taste i associate with brown birches. i think in my head there is some scale with wintergreen-ness on the left and sweet herbal flavor on the right. white birches are all the way left, brown birches on the right and red ones in between. blue and pink ones i think would be between white and red. something like this:
white birch red birch brown birch \/ \/ \/ |------------------------------------------------------------| wintergreen herbal
this one would fall in the middle, a little to the left side. there is a bit of wintergreen in there. it is quite a good birch beer in fact. the cane sugar sweetness is just right. for me, i would like a bit more wintergreen yet this is definitely one of the best brown birches i have had. it is definitely NOT a root beer, as it should be.
i am curious what makes this a “Premium Reserve Soda” as the label proclaims. good stuff.
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|Type:||Brown Birch Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||MD||Obtained in:||sent by kind reader|
Ingredients: triple filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural and/or artificial flavors, caramel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness)