Friday, April 25, 2014

Ithaca Root Beer

This is another root beer I got from Bottlecaps down in Watertown, NY. (Thanks Troy and Andy!)  

Ithaca Beer Company brews this gem of a root beer.   Some of the interesting ingredients of this baby:  natural panama bark extract, hops, star anise, juniper berries and vanilla bean.  Oh boy, what a melange of flavors and spice.  It is not overly sweet.  Andy at Bottleworks mentioned to me that this one was one of the best... BS also told me the same... I was eagerly anticipating this one and finally tried it tonight.   It did not let me down. It kept getting better and better after every swig.  Wow! Very happy! :)

Burp Rating:  9.5 / 10  (might change to a full 10 after I have a few more ;) )

Black Sheep Root Beer

Thanks to BS for tipping me off on this one.  Black Sheep Root Beer is made by Otter Creek Winery which is a winery found in Philadelphia, NY.  (not far from Watertown)   I had emailed the owner, Kyle Hafemann the night before my trip  to make sure they were open for business and he promptly responded and confirmed that they were.  I bought 2 six packs on my visit the next day.

How can you not love the label!  Cute little black sheep. :)   Now, the root beer, it is made with sarsaparilla and brown sugar and is really well balanced.  Almost a perfect 10 taste-wise for me.  I may upgrade this to a 10 after I drink a few more though.. ;)

Label gets a 10 / 10.

Burp Rating: 10 / 10

Updated: November 21, 2014 - I've decided to change my rating to a 10. This one ranks with the best of the best in my opinion. I've almost run out of bottles :(

Cicero Beverage Co. Salted Caramel Root Beer

My friend and colleague ML recently visited his brother down in Phoenix, AZ. He brought me back 2 root beers that I had never tried before and this Salted Caramel brew from Cicero Brewing Co. was one of them.  

I love caramel and when I cracked this baby open, wow!  The aroma was so fragrant!  That salty caramel smell was definitely noticeable.  When I took my first sip, it was pure heaven.  This one definitely deserves top marks.  

Thanks ML for hauling these back for me!  I owe ya buddy!

Burp Rating: 10 / 10

Abita Root Beer

A big shout out to Troy down at Bottlecaps in Watertown, N.Y. for helping me get this one.   Last fall, I was hunting for root beer in Watertown and came across Bottlecaps (a beverage shop that specializes in beer mostly).  When I dropped in, Troy mentioned to me that he may be able to get a few brews in for me at some point. Awesome!   I got an email from him recently and he told me he had Abita in for me.  Great outfit -- great management and awesome service.  

This root beer hails from Louisiana hence the cool fleur de lys on the label.  It is an average root beer in taste though. 
Update: Feb. 25, 2015 - I tried another bottle today and I think I was a bit rough on the initial rating. This brew is pretty good.

Burp Rating:  7 / 10

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Brewski Root Beer

Another root beer connoisseur recently told me of a Canadian root beer that was available at Jack Astors Bar & Grill.  (Thanks BS!)  I couldn't believe it as there is one right here in the Ottawa area.  Lo and behold, Brewski root beer... A nice surprise.

Brewski is actually brewed by the Pop Shoppe specially for Jack Astors.  It has a very interesting spice (wintergreen maybe) and a very nice balance of sweetness.  The restaurant didn't chill my bottle to my liking though.  I would of liked to have tried my first bottle when it was a bit colder.  

Burp Rating: 9 / 10

Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer

My friend and colleague, ML, made a recent trip to Phoenix, Arizona.  When I mentioned to him that I've started to collect root beers from all over the place, he told me he'd bring me back some if he found any.  ML came through big time and brought me Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer.

Dang! They are right.  It is good! It definitely has a nice butterscotch flavor and well balanced thereafter with the spice and sweetness.  Not quite a 10 in my book though.  Very close though.

Burp Rating: 9 / 10

Olde Philadelphia Root Beer

My friend and colleague, VP, found Olde Philadelphia root beer for me while he was in Philly recently.  

This root beer tasted okay, but it didn't burst with spice or sweetness.  I found it to be just above average.  I'm very lucky to  have received it though, so I'm very thankful to VP for bringing it to me to add to my collection. Thanks VP!

Burp Rating:  7 / 10

Berghoff Root Beer

I found Berghoff's in Ottawa not too long ago.   It's a tasty root beer with a real good balance of spice and sweetness.  I think the added yucca extract gives it some of it's uniqueness!  

Thanks to Herman Joseph Berghoff, who crafted this beer during prohibition times and came up with this root beer to sell in the Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago...

Burp Rating:  7 / 10

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