this was a very pleasant surprise for me as my friend Michael stopped in a liquor store while we were all on vacation together to look for some wacky artisinal whiskeys or something and since he is rad fellow, he checked out the soda selection while he was there. he spotted this one and grabbed me two bottles, knowing i probably never had it. he was right! i was shocked indeed when he came back with this bounty! awesome. just goes to show that you never know where or when you’ll find something new.
so i totally love the design work on this bottle. it’s fairly simple, 3 colors direct printed on the bottle, but it looks great. usually the direct printing instead of a label works well but this definitely is one of the better executions of it. they proclaim it is “craft brewed” and “small batch” as well. all of those are good things.
now the important thing, is it any good? i was expecting a pretty strong honey taste as there are two kinds in here and they say how it has their own honey a couple more times besides. but i don’t taste the honey. instead i get a lot of star anise and licorice taste along with some other spices. it is a spice filled, complex brew, just the way i like them. i think the honey smooths it out and mellows the taste some so its influence is in there. they went for something different and it worked out well for them. the “sparkling foam” in the ingredients list is strange to me. I have never seen that and this soda is not one i would describe as having “sparkling foam” at all. that isn’t a bad thing really, just it is an unusual ingredient and sounds fake. oh well, be mysterious, you Rogue people!
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|22oz glass bottle, On Tap
|NY, OR, WA, online
|Liquor store in Hudson Valley, NY
|honey, brown sugar
Ingredients: water, brown sugar, root beer flavor, rogue farm honey, wild flower honey, sparkling foam, sodium benzoate & citric acid