Another stop on my Connecticut root beer quest with my friend Michael in tow. Previous to this we tried, very unsuccessfully to obtain some Freaky Dog sodas. on their website they have a list of who, supposedly, carries their stuff. we went to about six places, most had ever even heard of the brand, one said something along the lines of “oh yeah, i think we had that like 5 years ago!” not that i terribly wanted it as it is the same as Ipswitch and Mercury sodas but i never did have the diet root beer from either, so it was something new to try for. but that has nothing to do with the Sycamore Drive-In.
this establishment was in a pretty random spot, not exactly a bustling community but I am very happy that they have supported this local legend through the years enough for them to stay in business. it is quite a lovely relic, in a good way, as well. gorgeous neon signs, classic 50s roadside america architecture and decor. all wonderful stuff so far.
the root beer is served in a normal, paper Pepsi cup, so I did not include a photo of it, there did not seem much point in that.
I did not linger long at the counter, just getting my drink, taking some photos and tasting the beverage, then moving on, there was more root beer to find!
of the non-caramel root beers I have had, this may be among the most caramel. and that is a fine honor to have. it is very sweet and has a perfect level of carbonation along with a very creamy smooth mouth feel. it is a good drink. beyond the extra caramel, they don’t really go beyond the usual root beer flavor, but that is enough really to set them apart somewhat from the crowd without being unrecognizable to the masses as root beer. nothing exceptional exactly but still done very well and hopefully they will continue to do so for a long time yet.
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