Tractor Soda Co Root Beer

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

Obtained in: trade
Head: Medium Sweetener: cane sugar, molasses
Calories: 118 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 29g Sugar: 29g
Caffeine: No
Website: https://tractorsodaco.com

this may have the longest ingredient list i have ever seen, at least character length which is mainly due to having everything be organic and pointing it out for every single ingredient. there is of course nothing wrong with being proud of that fact. they do proclaim it twice more, "organic crafted" and "made with organic ingredients" as well but those sort of blend into the image when i'd think they'd be much more prominent and obvious. no matter. so the company started off making gourmet, organic fountain sodas and only recently began being bottled by Rocket Fizz. that is an exciting thing, huzzah! i am very intrigued by their ingredient list, i love pretty much all the stuff they threw in here. i am not sure about juniper berries, that is a new ingredient for me.
whoa, you definitely taste how complex this is right off the bat. i think i expected something more licorice flavored but i am glad that is just a side note in the overall flavor here. the nutmeg and cinnamon shine as well. the wintergreen and birch are there if you try to pull them out. there are several other companies that try to pull off a multifaceted taste similar to this but i think this one does it very well. nothing overwhelms or controls it too much and that is key. it also is reasonably sweet and has a smooth feel. i quite enjoy it. for the natural sodas, this may be the best and for root beers overall, it is up there as well.
Ingredients:ultra-filtered carbonated water, organic cane sugar, organic blackstrap molasses, organic aged bourbon vanilla, organic wintrgreeen, organic sassafras, organic sarsaparilla, organic sweet birch, organic bark/ roots/ spices (including organic licorice, organic nutmeg, organic cinnamon), organic caramel color, organic juniper berry extract, organic quillaja


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Foodhold Cane Sugar Root Beer

September 11, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: CT, ID, IL, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI

Obtained in: Stop & Shop in Somerset, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 5mg
Carbs: 42g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No

imagine my surprise when i perusing my local Stop and Shop and saw a new, glass bottle root beer on the shelves! wow! it is a very rare occurrence indeed to find a new soda when i am not really actively trying to these days. actually they also had a diet, so I found two (2!) new sodas in one day! what?! I can fully get behind pretty much any new root beer, especially glass bottled ones. granted i would rather it come from small producers as that makes it more fun to find and more fair for other small makers, but i have seen this industry change a lot in the past couple decades so i am sure it will survive some of the big guys as long as there is a superior product. now, just how small the "smell batches" this is brewed in is a big question, as well as if it is even actually brewed. that would be interesting to know. the label is ok, but kind of generic and dull. i do like the sort of screen printed appearance of some of the fonts and graphics but it is on a very dull monochromatic background.
this soda is actually rather unique, surprisingly. huh, never would have expected that! if i were to guess, i'd think it used a different type of sweetener, probably honey as it has that sort of taste and feel to it. although that could be among the "natural flavors" i'd expect them to proclaim that ingredient more loudly were it the case. it tastes rather herbal along side of that, almost tea-like but richer and more hearty. the head is very small yet it is carbonated well and goes down pretty smoothly. i am quite enjoying this in fact. i had actually put off trying it as i thought it would just be dull and predictable but i was wrong, i will admit it now.
Ingredients:sparkling water, cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, caramel color


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Crim City Soda Renegade Root Beer

September 4, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: Canada

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 160 Sodium: 0mg
Carbs: 40g Sugar: 40g
Caffeine: No
Website: crimcitysoda.com

the label on this soda depicts a greaser looking dude with cheesy arm tattoos and a leather vest kind of watching a police officer who is missing half of the right leg of his pants manhandle another guy against his police cruiser while an angry dog is held back just off the label. i am not sure which side the dog is on, perhaps the assumed criminal as the aforementioned pants could have been damaged by said canine. but then shouldn't the cop be more worried? every time i look at this label i either think 1. did they forget the 'e' in 'crime?' maybe in Canada they lost it in translation. or perhaps it should just kind of sound like 'crime' but not be… or 2. this really looks like it should be the artwork from an 80s arcade video game machine. neither of these things are bad really.
how do they make root beer in Crim City is the question! very creamy is the answer in a nutshell. they must love vanilla in Crim City! perhaps that is what is being stolen on the label. the head is quite large and very long lasting, further enforcing the creaminess factor. yes, i know they are unconnected in reality, but it seems they should be, right? right. so it is ok. beneath the creaminess, which is not really my favorite direction to go in with flavors anyway, is a pretty ordinary root beer taste. i like the label a lot, yet the soda inside is mediocre at best. oh well, can't win em all.
Ingredients:carbonated filtered water, cane sugar, natural flavors, caramel color, yucca root extract, phosphoric acid, gum arabic


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Rocket Fizz Three Stooges Wise Guy Root Beer

August 28, 2017
Filed under: root beers — anthony @ 5:00 am
Type: Root Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, IN, MO, NE, NJ, NC, OH, OR, TN, TX, UT, VA

Obtained in: trade with Sagi
Head: Large Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 170 Sodium: 25mg
Carbs: 43g Sugar: 42g
Caffeine: No
Website: http://rocketfizz.com

Rocket Fizz, along with the super seeker Sagi, do it again! although i will admit i have some reservations about whether all of these Rocket Fizz sodas are in fact different drinks or just relabeled versions of the same liquid.
as a kid i watched the Three Stooges, that seems to be the ideal age to enjoy their brand of humor. which is not to say exactly that it is juvenile, but it is more simple in its message. I am curious what actual connection this has to which stooge. it is not like they really have anything to lose by licensing their name to a root beer anyway, but it still seems a rather random pairing.
the label has a weirdly colorized photo of the classic three stooges, before Shemp came along, holding mugs of what appears to be root beer but could very well just be more of the colorization action going on. as with the Gene Autry root beer, i wonder how much the celebrity endorsement here helps. i suppose it doesn't hurt beyond the licensing costs, so there is that.
my biggest initial impression of this drink is just how long lasting the foamy head is! wow, very impressive indeed. it tastes not too far from standard microbrew stuff, quite sweet, quite a bit of caramel, typical flavors profile going on. it is a root beer, plain and simple. if you want something better than 96% of what is in supermarkets, but still nothing too crazy or unusual or inventive, this is a drink for you. sometimes that is just what i want, but in general i want something different, something i have not had many times before, yet still reminiscent of what i have had and what i know as 'root beer.' so yeah, it is just fine and tasty but nothing great or quest-worthy. i will have to get bottles of this and the other Rocket Fizz root beers to compare head to head one day just to see if i can tell any difference.
Ingredients:spring water, cane sugar, citric acid, ester gum, caramel color & natural flavors


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