birch beers

Empire Bottling Works Birch Beer

Somehow this drink eluded me for many years. it was based not THAT far away so i always thought i’d find it somewhere at some point. that is not a very safe or good way to think since so many companies don’t last. it has been over 11 years since i reviewed the first thing i found from them, their root beer, so to me it is surprising that i never did get this until now. via trade it is now mine though and will shortly cross my lips! I like this style of bottle, the shorter, slightly squatter sort of deal and their design works well with it although it is a bit generic. no matter in the end as look as it is good.
this soda is in fact very tasty. it is not quite as wintergreen as i hope for in a clear/white birch beer, but it is still very crisp and refreshing. as i have probably mentioned before in a white birch beer review, them being pretty rare makes ones that is the expected norm is still an exceptional thing so it rates more highly than a root beer that fits in with the expected norm. or maybe because the norm for root beers is more along the lines of A&W or Barqs which are indeed mediocre whereas the norm for a clear birch is maybe Pennsylvania Dutch’s clear birch. hhhmmm, i wonder what is the biggest seller in white birch? i really don’t know. there is not a company i see all the time really. maybe Simpson Springs even, they seem to have solid distribution. the focus here though is this drink! the carbonation reminds me a bit more of a seltzer than I’d like. it is just more tingly and stinging than I prefer. but not so much so that it wrecks the drink for me.

Anthony’s Rating: 84
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Type: White Birch Beer Comes In: 12oz glass bottle
Available: NY, RI, online

Obtained in:
Head: Small Sweetener: cane sugar
Calories: 120 Sodium: 10mg
Carbs: 30g Sugar: 30g
Caffeine: No

Ingredients: natural artesian spring water, made with 100% cane sugar, natural and/pr artificial flavor extracts, citric acid, sodium benzoate

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2 Comments

  1. Ed Keen says:

    I sell quite a bit of Foxon Park regular and diet white birch beer. I think I now sell over 15 birch beers.

  2. This one has a decent flavor. It just needs more of it. Me and my dad compared this one to Averys birch beer, and Averys won hands down. I remember trying this one years ago and liking it much more. Not sure if they changed the recipe, but this tastes too sweet and lacks flavor. Cane sugar is the prominent flavor, not birch. If they toned down the sweetness and made the flavor stronger, I could rate it higher. 70/100 for me.

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