Crazy Uncle Hard Root Beer

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This is a pre-mixed alcoholic root beer. I always found these sorts of products a bit strange – I mean, really, how hard is it to pour some vodka into a glass of regular root beer? – but I understand there’s a market for it. Going to the beach, perhaps, where you need a bevvy ready to go.

The flavour is pretty darn good, surprisingly. It is in the smooth-and-creamy category, with candy spices (wintergreen, licorice) and lots of sweetness. Unlike other hard root beers, the alcohol actually blends well. It’s not a thirst quencher, but rather an after dinner dessert drink.

Well done! Perfect for your next after-dinner trip to the beach.

7/10

Grizzly Paw Sosa Company Root Beer

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This root beer is made in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, which is located just a short drive from famous Banff National Park. Strong candy notes of bubble gum and vanilla. I personally prefer a brew with more herbal or earthy flavours, but I can’t fault Grizzly Paw for taking a different approach. Quite refreshing despite the candy flavour. It’s also nice to see a local company making bottled soda!

6/10

Fentiman’s Old English Root Beer

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Finally, after a years-long dry spell, I have found a root beer that has surprised and delighted me. I admit I was skeptical at first. Since when has Old England been associated with root beer? In what way is it “Traditional?” Why is there a cute dog on the neck label? But once I tasted it, I stopped caring about these minor details.

The label says the beverage is “botanically brewed,” which I usually interpret as marketing drivel, but in this case seems to be genuinely true. A glance of the ingredient list shows that it does indeed contain a variety of real ingredients, including fermented ginger extract, sarsaparilla, dandelion root, burdock root, and even pear juice extract. The flavour doesn’t disappoint, with clear notes of anise, and a hint of clove and pear. The blend is not the same as a traditional American root beer, which is delightful for someone who has tasted too many business-as-usual brews.

I also like the bottle. It is smaller than usual, at 275 mL, which is good in my opinion. It has a no-nonsense screw cap instead of the fussy bottle cap favoured by most boutique brands. It has the words botanically brewed embossed in the glass.

It is indeed a product of the UK.

8.5/10

Reviewed in London, ON 2019-12-26

Original New York Seltzer

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What a delight to experience a root beer that brings something a little unique to the game. This charming soda has a refreshing twist on the typical “old time soda shop” branding by being – gasp! – fully transparent. That’s right, no caramel colour here. It’s served in a cute shorty 296 mL bottle, which in my opinion is a better size than your typical giant-sized 341 mL bottle. I adore the New York Art Deco stylings.

The root beer itself is completely uninteresting. I’m not sure what Seltzer is, exactly, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t it. Nevertheless, I’m going to give it a higher rating than usual because I like the bottle and it’s Christmas.

7.5/10

GU Root Beer Energy Gel

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Finally, long-distance runners can now get their mid-marathon root beer fix without that carbonated-beverage-bloated feeling!  GU Energy makes a root beer flavoured energy gel.  It’s a squishy 1 oz squeeze packet of sugar and electrolytes with 100 calories to keep you going through the race.

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Mitten Munch Trail Bars – Root Beer Float flavour

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Have you ever wanted to bring the delicious taste of root beer with you on on a multi-day backcountry hike?  Me too!  Now there’s a product just for us: Mitten Munch trail bars.  According to the manufacturer’s website, Mitten Munch is…

The finest organic vanilla and spices make for a flavor that is truly one of a kind.  Packed with cashews, and almonds, chia seeds & organic golden Flax seed–this hearty bar is like a portable and delicious mug of your favorite root beer treat.

http://www.mittenmunch.com/root-beer-float.html

 

Buc-ee’s Root Beer

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Bought at a gas station outside of Houston, Texas

This caught my eye from a hundred miles away on the I-10 outside of Houston, a sign promised the world’s creamiest rootbeer.  After much anticipation I arrived at the Gas station monstrosity known as Buc-ee’s.

The disappointment was that the draught root beer was to be enjoyed from a fountain drink cup in what was a gas station convenience store atmosphere, no glass mug, no civilized place to sit.

The beer: I can vouch for their bold statement, this is in fact the creamiest rootbeer I have tasted in my travels. That said it may have gone too far. This beverage was formulated with that one goal in mind and it seems to have forgotten the essence of rootbeerness, which to me means the root and spice.  I did enjoy sipping through a medium head and the honey and of toasted caramel tones were unique and distinct. Carbonation was fountain injected.

Bottom line: This is a cream soda that has been colored brown.

Note: This root beer was tasted on Tryptamine’s great North American circuit during summer 2010.

Editor’s note: You can visit the Buc-ee’s gas station website at http://buc-ees.com/, where you will find all sorts of information that you would never normally associate with a gas bar.  I especially like their recipes, most of which involve adding a pound and a half of cream cheese to a jar of sauce.  Go Texas!