birch beers

Swashbuckler Brewing Co Birch Beer

so this was perhaps the most surprising root beer stop I’ve ever had. normally i stop at a brewery, park in the lot or street, go up to the bar and order a growler to go or a glass to drink of the desired drink. but this place was different. i was on a pretty rural highway in Pennsylvania, pulled into the grounds of a huge estate with a giant parking lot filled with cars. i’m already confused but i park and try to figure it out. i realize they host renaissance faires here in the summer often. but when they are not happening, or in the other months it is a bizarre tourist stop i suppose. wandering troupes of singers, wizards, jugglers, jesters and other such craziness were all about. they have a winery as well as several restaurants and random castle and medieval type structures all around. it took some time to actually find where they had the birch beer i was after. and they also were very busy so i took a long time to get the growler to go as they had to find out if they can even do that and how much it costs, etc. but in the end i was successful! huzzah!
this is very sharp for a birch beer, although I have encountered that before. somehow it is also a little watery and not as flavorful as I’d like as well. it lacks the usual strong wintergreen of a birch beer, even a red one yet it is definitely a birch and not a root beer, the feel is correct. i do not know quite how to describe it, but the mouth feel and taste are different for them. this is ok. i am glad they make a birch beer of course but even a quality, normal one would be better.

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Type: Red Birch Beer Comes In: On Tap
Available: PA

Obtained in: at Brewery
Head: Medium Sweetener: unknown
Caffeine: No

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