i was super excited to find this company, as they make both a birch and a root beer. and with some cool labels! and i could mail order some! so i did.
the birch beer has a very detail ink drawing of a beaver chewing a branch in a river on it. they proudly use rocky mountain beet sugar, which is cool. the only other soda i have had with beer sugar was yummy, so i am excited about that.
as any loyal reader to this site knows, i like birch beer, probably even a little more than root beer. i know, i know, why isn’t it called “anthony’s birch beer barrel” then? well, since i consider birch beers to fall under the “root beer” banner, but not vice versa. birch beer is a subset of the soft drinks made with roots. right.
so all of this stacks up to some pretty good things in this drink’s favor. off the bat, they are ahead of most drinks. they look great, sound great, and are in my hand right now. but it all comes down to the taste. and this is one of the worst birch beers i have ever had. it is harsh, kind of bitter and just a rough drink. it needs to change a lot to be good. it is not the worst drink i have ever had, far from it. it is drinkable, just not very good.
looking at the website for this, they make it sound even better, Mexican Vanilla and maple syrup are great things. well, i don’t know the difference between Mexican and Taiwanese vanilla really myself, so that is not the important part, more that they care enough to single source their vanilla. oh well, maybe i got a bum bottle? i have a bunch more so i will update if that is the case. i doubt it, it does not taste rotty or anything.
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|Type:||Brown Birch Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||CO, online||Obtained in:||mailorder from company|
Ingredients: colorado water, rocky mountain beet sugar, natural flavors, potassium sorbate as a preservative
LOL Mexican vanilla tends to be a better choice for dark, robust food and drink than her Madagascar and Tahitian daughters. I’m not sure why vanilla is included in birch beer at all–an odd addition, I think.