This root beer was discovered while we were on a cycling tour of Salt Spring Island, an island where artists, hippies, and the wealthy coexist under their common appreciation for ultra-left-wing politics and living the slow life. What better way to ring in the new year than with a root beer?
The bottle is striking, with a great retro label featuring a robot flying in a spaceship. The ingredients list is great too, with every ingredient, spice, and herb listed honestly and opening, rather than the usual “spices” or “flavour” so common in the soda world.
The pour was light brown, like iced tea. No colours added, it seemed. A gentle wintergreen aroma greeted me immediately. I was getting excited. This was going to be good.
And it was. Oh, it was. Captain Electro’s Intergalactic Root Beer had has a smooth flavour, tasting of wintergreen, rooty herbs, and vanilla. A pleasant, not-too-strong aftertaste of liquorice lingered on the pallet before fading to a satisfying tingle-zip. Despite the spice blend, it manages to avoid tasting like Christmas – a common problem with minty-vanilla-spice blends. It was not too sweet, although sweet enough to satisfy my need for a treat. Perhaps the only slight downside is that it did not have a strong flavour of what most of us know as “root beer”, although, in truth, the fact that they were able to almost achieve that flavour without resorting to flavouring agents is nothing short of miraculous.
If you see this root beer, buy it. Cherish it. It will make you realize that you have defined root beer incorrectly for your whole life.Captain Electro's Intergalactic Root Beer,