Caribou is a beer brewery in Prince George, BC, Canada that is known for its… affordable… canned beers. Caribou normally brings to mind backyard drinking sessions with an electric bug zapper for entertainment, an ice cooler in the back of a pickup truck, and quite possibly a fire in a barrel. You can imagine my surprise when I saw that they also brew a root beer!
Caribou is slightly alcoholic (0.5%), which right away indicated it would be different. Its ingredients (sugar, root beer flavour, sodium benzoate, and citric acid – no water?) are uninspiring, but who knows what magical changes the fermentation process could impart, so I reserved judgement until tasting.
It smells like a root beer and tastes like a root beer – no doubt about that. It has no unique characteristics. No special flavours. But that doesn’t mean it’s no good – far from it! If you need to satisfy the voice in your head saying “I need a root beer right now“, it will quench your craving like a Molson Canadian. It was absolutely perfect after a hot 40 km bike ride (which I had just completed).
Bought at the Halfmoon Bay general store on the Sunshine Coast in BC, Canada. As an added note, Aristophanes was surprised to learn that his friend’s sister’s family owns the store. It’s lovely – visit it!Caribou Root Beer,