birch beers

Mark’s Original Birch Beer

one thing my children love, it is a fair. or rides of that type in general. one thing i love, besides root beer of course, is fair food, it works out then. so a couple years ago i saw there was a giant sign for a county fair in a neighboring county to be coming up and thought it was something they would love. and i was sure they would have yummy delights for me as well. it didn’t disappoint in either regard, rides were ridden, fried foods were eaten, everyone went home happy. my kids asked to go to the fair all the time after that and they learned the valuable lesson of fairs not being permanent fixtures so enjoy them while you can. although the jersey shore boardwalk is basically a fair that lasts all summer so i understand their confusion. but i digress.
the following year the fair was back so again we went. it was bigger and better than ever. and! i spotted a sign at one of the food trucks, “Mark’s Original Birch Beer” it proclaimed! what?! this is my home state, how do i not know of this ‘mark’ fellow and his culinary delights?! i asked the fellow manning it if they really made it themselves and he insisted they did. so i forked over some cash and sampled it right then and there while the kids did some crazy dragon ride or something.
It actually was pretty tasty. now, maybe it is because white birch beers are much more rare than root beers or maybe because i think a standard white birch just tastes better than a standard root beer but a standard white birch scores much higher than a standard root beer would. this one was full of wintergreen minty goodness along with a nice healthy level of sugar. it could have been a bit more carbonated

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Type: White Birch Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: NJ

Obtained in: Middlesex County Fair, NJ
Head: Small Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

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