Tommyknocker All Natural Root Beer

January 2, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NC, ND, OH, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.tommyknocker.com/ourSoda.html

so yet again, Tommyknocker have changed their recipe. although this time it seems to be a move towards being more 'natural' and 'organic' and all of that hippy dippy stuff. which, mind you, i fully support. i was not in love with their previous two recipes, they were fine and had potential, but did not quite deliver. any root beer with maple syrup is very intriguing to me i will admit. i feel like there has to be a good way to make it work with root beer.
this is a bit better than the last iterations to my taste buds. i believe it could be due to me focusing on the maple syrup aspect of it. if i forget about that for a moment and just take a drink, it is a little less enjoyable. also, the first sip is not as good as subsequent ones. strange. if i let the flavor fully dissipate from my palette, it is again not as yummy until i take another swig soon after. at first it is very herbal, strong tastes of clove and anise, then it is more sweet, maple syrup and smooth vanilla. i don't think i've encountered a soda that does that. it also has a very long lasting foamy head, which older versions lacked. i think this is an improvement, both as far as taste and impact on the planet.
Ingredients:carbonated water, pure cane sugar, organic root beer flavor, aged organic vanilla extract, pure maple syrup, caramel color, citric acid


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Berghoff Draft Style Rootbeer

December 26, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, IL, IN, online

Obtained in: Rocket Fizz
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 187 Sodium: 30mg
Carbs: 46g Sugar: 46g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://berghoffbeer.com/sodas/

yes Berghoff has changed their recipe! it sort of makes the "since 1921" proclamation a little weird to me, but no matter, they HAVE been going since then i suppose, just not with the same product, but neither have a lot of businesses when you get down to it.
they have not changed their design much, but there was no need to, it is pretty great as it is. at this point it is a bit generic, but as one of the companies that defined how microbrew root beer labels look with mainly shades of brown and orange, they have the right to continue with it, i suppose that makes them iconic or something.
it has been at least 15 years since i had a bottle of Berghoff so any comparisons that can be made between the old and new really cannot be done by me.
this is indeed a root beer. if i were to try to find the prototypical root beer, this would definitely be in the running. it is kind of creamy, a bit rooty with some herbal tastes to it and reasonably carbonated. which is fine and great but i want more, i want something extraordinary! having a cook out, bbq, pizza night? this is perfect. after a hard day of yard work? grab a Berghoff! want to really savor the flavor and make the root beer the focal point, this probably isn't where i'd go.
Ingredients:carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural flavoring, yucca extract, gum arabic, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol alginate annd triethyl citrate, preserved with citric acid and sodium benzoate


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Barons Sassparilla

December 19, 2016
Filed under: sarsaparillas — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Sarsaparilla Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, WA, online

Obtained in: trade with Eric
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 140 Sodium: 15mg
Carbs: 36g Sugar: 35g
Caffeine: No

so it seems Barons has dropped the Boothill, changed the bottle and come out with a new recipe. it now proclaims "The Natural Way" on it which is good if it still tastes good. I quite liked the old one so I am not sure why they would change it, but it does have cane sugar instead of the mysterious "fructose" they used before. i will admit i have had a hard time deciding if it is "Baron's" or "Barons." the cap says "Baron's bubbly beverages since 1973" but everywhere else it has "Barons." trying to goggle some info on this beverage yields you nothing of any worth. that is pretty impressive in this day and age. there is an email address on the bottle: "baronsbeverage at icloud dot com" so i suppose i could try there for more info. as it is I have no clue where it is really available outside of the Root Beer Store.
as it has been 17 years or so since i tried their previous drink and my last review is not very detailed, i am not sure what it used to taste like so a comparison is nigh impossible, i am sorry to say. this one though is very tasty, i'd rate it higher that the previous rating i gave it. very flavorful and spicy yet very sweet. some would probably call this too sweet, but not me. nope, it is just right for me. i taste a lot of flavors in here, some anise, a little wintergreen, a big dose of sassafras and the expected sarsaparilla. yeah, it's a good one, probably among the better sarsaparilla. or sassparillas if that is your thing as it is theirs.
Ingredients:purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavor, caramel color, citric acid, gum arabic


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Sprecher Honey Root Beer

December 12, 2016
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CA, OK, WI, online

Obtained in: trade with Tony
Head: Small Sweetener: honey
Calories: 190 Sodium: 35mg
Carbs: 46g Sugar: 33g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://www.sprecherbrewery.com/

to celebrate their 30th anniversary of producing drinks, Sprecher released this limited edition soda. they only made 3000 cases of it. i was told they would have it up for sale on their website but that did not seem to be ever happen. i should have just called and ordered but Tony said he could get me some so I just took him up on that offer instead. if it is super good I can still try to get some but it may be awful and i don't want to be stuck with a lot of a bad soda, now do i?
i am pretty excited about this soda as I would say honey is my second favorite sweetener, after maple syrup. both i could just eat with little excuse to actually put them on something.
well, let em see how it is. oh wow, there sure is honey in here! geez, it is super honey flavored. i like that. the root beer taste very much takes a back seat to the raw honey. the carbonation level is quite low as well which adds to the effect i think. or at least it does not take away from it. it comes down to it being basically a honey soda with a bit of root beer flavors on top of it. it reminds me of the honey sticks you get at farms and junk, some of the flavored ones taste sort of like this. i would drink more of it were it around. so perhaps I should have ordered one of the 3000 cases. or perhaps i still will.
Ingredients:carbonated water, raw wisconsin honey, maltodextrin, natural & artificial flavors, citric acid, sodium chloride, caramel color


Anthony's Rating: 87
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