Safeway Signature Select Root Beer

December 25, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, ID, MD, MT, NE, NV, NM, OR, SD, TX, VA, WA, WY

Obtained in: trade from Sagi
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 41g Sugar: 41g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://safeway.com

usually for christmas / holiday time, i find a holiday theme / kind of beverage to review which fits in my 'root beer' schema. but this year, when my review day actually falls ON christmas, i have failed to find anything new along those lines. alas and alack. no matter, perhaps next year there will be one. but you get a normal review instead, which is pretty great and the gift that comes every monday, unlike your pickle of the week subscription that is not so reliable.
Safeway is a chain of supermarkets scattered around the US, even Alaska and Hawaii apparently! huh. as many have done before them, they have introduced a line of more 'gourmet,' glass bottle, cane sugar sodas. i am fully in support of this venture and recommend every business do this. but i am no business man or financial advising person so take my advice with a huge chuck of salt, especially if you are a fountain pen manufacturer or construction worker or dentist or most other jobs really where root beer won't sell well.
the taste here is good. standard micro-brew root beer taste, it doesn't break ground but is better than the generic canned stuff. caramel flavor dominates with a creamy, sweet feel along with a little bit of a bite that ups the flavor and score a notch or two. so yeah, it is fine and it's great they are making this, I just hope others follow suit and this lasts a while as well.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavor, caramel color (sulfites), citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), sodium benzoate (preservative)


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Batch Craft Soda Brown Sugar Root Beer

December 18, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle, fountain
Available: CA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar
Caffeine: No
Website: http://BatchCraftSoda.com

the first thing i thought about this soda as i grabbed it out of the fridge is "wow, brown sugar root beer! i love brown sugar. that sounds really good! let me at it." then i read the ingredients and am confused. first off, cane sugar is the first ingredient, before water. now that would require a lot of cane sugar! ok, well, maybe they mixed it up. but then i read on and see, nope no brown sugar at all. i suppose brown sugar could be called cane sugar though, right? sure, why not…
the label also claims this is batch 714, which is a whole lot of trial and error! wow. they also have a lot of other stuff on here about the greatness of craft sodas and the like, but no nutritional info. i do like the metallic ink used for the logo, very good touch there.
the soda! almost forgot. i like it. i can't say it is unique and special and not like a couple other sodas i've had before, but it is a tasty drink. it does taste like it has brown sugar, along with cinnamon and the usual sassasfras taste one would expect in a root beer. carbonation is just right, as is the sweetness level. it has a good spice that stays calm and not too in your face. this soda is good, quite good. they should keep making it and i hope they do so for a long time.
Ingredients:pure cane sugar, filtered water, natural flavor, citric acid, and potassium benzoate


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Mustache Mike’s Hand Crafted Sodas Raw Dawg Root Beer

December 11, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 22oz glass bottle
Available: CA

Obtained in: the almighty Sagi
Head: Large Sweetener: high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar
Calories: 119 Sodium: 22mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 33g
Caffeine: No

it is not often that you find root beers in these huge 22 oz bottles. I am not sure if the idea is to share it or what. i suppose not as the serving size is the full 22oz in the nutritional info. but perhaps that was just easier for them to put on there and less likely to trick people. I can't say i know anything about Mike or his mustache or whether he was established in 1959 or the soda company was. i would assume the soda company but perhaps not. based on the honesty quotient of the nutritional info, i will go with the soda company somehow being that old. i do like the picture of Mike and also his mustache on the label, although he reminds me of a aging professional wrestler or something. now, why did he/they name it 'Raw Dawg Root Beer?' for me, it has very weird, amusing connotations which i cannot really share on a family website but perhaps it is not that way for others. from what i can gather online, this company does not make soda anymore, but only italian ice. huh. oh well.
the flavor here is lacking a bit for my taste buds. i mean, there is a flavor, but it is low key and doesn't really pop. the taste is a bit herbal, a bit rooty, a bit bitter and a touch sweet. it's fine. nothing to write home to mom and pop about though. or really to justify wanting 22 oz of it. i, of course, am glad i tried it and if it was all there was someplace i might get it again but i wouldn't reach for it or anything.
Ingredients:carbonated water, corn syrup, pure cane sugar, citric acid, natural & artificial flavor, sodium benzoate


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Country Folk Soda Diet Root Beer

December 4, 2017
Filed under: diet root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Diet Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: MO, online

Obtained in: order from company
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Calories: 160 Sodium: 45mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No
Website: countryfolksoda.com

so they have a diet soda as well… the thing is, the info printed on here is for the regular, at least i think so. i mean they won't have a 160 calorie cane sugar diet soda, would they? i'd hope not. the artwork on here is similar in style to the regular root beer, but with basically a bald, grey bearded guy with no hat but a shirt under his overalls. he is missing the same teeth and has the same pose, nose, ears and eyes so i presume it is an aged version of the other fellow who is now diabetic so can only drink diet sodas? or perhaps his father in the same boat? the answer may never be known. well, unless we ask them, but who wants to do that?
well, if this is a 160 calorie soda, it is very badly done as it has a terrible after taste. if it is diet, then it is still pretty bad. you get that sickly sweet in a bad way flavor which obscures the actual root beer taste which is very quickly followed by a metallic ick that really seals the deal on not tasting the actual soda. they carries through until the yuck aftertaste settles on your tongue. despite that, i have had much worse drinks. not that i can finish even half of this mind you, but it isn't that horrible.
Ingredients:filtered carbonated water, cane sugar, natural flavor and citric acid


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