Through a really amazing facebook group, I found someone with access to this soda who wanted to trade! He also sent along 3 other sodas I could not get including two huge growlers of local breweries, so this is all so very awesome. thanks Vince! i don’t think i’d ever have gotten this Iowa brew any other way. the internet really is an amazing thing and the root beer community is truly awesome in general, so very and kind.
i really like the bottle they used here, it is short and squat but still a full 12 oz. it reminds me of the Bundaberg bottle but without the ultra cool pull off tab bottle. the artwork is quite handmade looking, which adds to the micro-brew, hand crafted feel. in fact, they say “hand crafted” on the label just to drive the point home.
i am finding that for whatever reason, i quite enjoy root beers made with beet sugar. now, beets were the most evil and awful of vegetables growing up, when it was beet night, i was a little sad but ate them anyhow, trusting my mom’s assertion that they were good for me. as a grown up, i have come to enjoy beets. not the canned, super red ones though still, those are gross, but the freshly cooked ones are rather tasty. this has nothing to do with beet sugar of course. i am not sure it even tastes all the different than cane sugar and it is probably coincidental that the few root beers i have has with it were tasty.
this one is tasty. it is pretty creamy and smooth but with a more hearty edge to it. the carbonation does not result in a big foamy head but it does influence the taste, adding a sharpness to the profile. no, it does not break new ground at all, but it is a good, strong predictable root beer and that is worth something in and of itself.
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|Type:||Root Beer||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle, On Tap|
|Available:||IA||Obtained in:||trade with Vince|
Ingredients: carbonated water, beet sugar, natural and artificial flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (as preservatives) and citric acid