Thursday, July 5, 2007
Root Beer & Me
(No, that is not me. I was trying to photoshop Michael Moore in "Roger & Me" but since I don't have photoshop, it's been tough going and is one of the reasons I haven't posted in a while.)
The only sodas I'll drink these days are root beer and some kinds of ginger ale. I love the more expensive brands of root beer but drink them rarely, due to the high sugar content.
There are quite a few root beer resources on the Web:
--Root beer's history
--Root Beer World, a great site with reviews of hundreds of root beers
--Detailed directions for making root beer, which is quite an ambitious project
Not all root beers are vegan, since some contain honey. Here are brief reviews of root beers I have known.
Barq's: Decent flavor but overly carbonated. Root beer should not have big Coke-style bubbles. It should be more like an amber beer, with small, tingly bubbles. Also, I think root beer should be in a bottle, not a can.
Dominion: Nice carbonation and flavor. A tad too sweet. Contains honey.
IBC: Now this is root beer. Complex and good touch of wintergreen. Good availability as well.
Jones: Nice looking bottle, but disappointing taste and too much carbonation. See, the great root beers use a blend of herbs, extracts, & spices for their flavor. It's obvious that Jones is using pre-packaged "root beer extract" and no brewing is occurring.
Stewart's: I've had this but I can't accurately remember the flavor. Chime in if you've had it.
Virgil's: A masterpiece. It's usually pretty expensive, but it's obvious this root beer is handmade by someone who knows what they're doing. The anise is pronounced so you may not like it if you don't like licorice. Best of all, it's available in kegs!