Aug 212019
 

Sprecher Root Beer Float PopcornYou may remember Sprecher. I love love love their root beer, while their limited edition honey root beer not so much, though it was my 300th review. Anyways, as I’ve expanded into posts on root beer products, I discovered that Sprecher makes some nice additional food stuffs using their root beer. And thus I ordered them all, and made a fun unboxing video cause YouTube is something I’m starting to do, yet not so much so that I’m really advertising it. I mean, kind of, cause I just did, but not really. Anyhow, root beer float popcorn! I’ve never ever heard of such a thing. But I know that flavored and candied popcorn is something that exists so this isn’t too much of a stretch. It’s interesting that there are two types of kernels in this, root beer flavored ones and vanilla ones. It makes me wonder why they don’t make a root beer popcorn as well as the float version. But what you really want to know isn’t that, but will this satisfy your munchies in a root beer sort a way.

The root beer kernals have a nice sweet root beer candy coating. The coating tastes a lot like Sprecher though there’s not the honey flavor that is so prominent in their root beer. The flavor is strong enough that when mixed with the rest of the popcorn kernal, it is still distinguishable as root beer. The vanilla Kernals have a nice rich vanilla cream flavor coating. Together it does kind of give that whole root beer float vibe, in a popcorn sort of way.

I like it. This is very much a root beer munchies treat. I ate half the bag without realizing it, and my family loved it too. So yeah, if you can find this around, definitely get some, or order a bunch from the Sprecher store.




Aug 142019
 

A&W Root Beer Lollipop

When I made my pilgrimage to A&W of Lodi , among the various merchandise I found these lollipops for $0.25 a piece. These little unassuming lollis marked simply with Rooty the Root Bear. These have been made for ages, but my brief internet searching couldn’t reveal much about them. Other than lots of people remember them from their childhood. For my part, I’d never seen them before but was overjoyed to find more things to write about on my trip.

It’s got a strong root beer flavor that tastes unsurprisingly like A&W. This is a welcome departure from the standard generic hard candy root beer flavor, though A&W is still pretty middle-of-the-road. It seems to have a little more minty flavor than normal A&W, but maybe that’s just a function of being in hard candy form, what stands out. It’s quite a sticky flavor too, but all in all yummy.

Hey, it tastes like candified A&W. Who would have guessed? I rank these as some of the better root beer hard candies, even though they’ve all been pretty good so far. Worth snagging a few if you can find them.




Aug 072019
 

A pint of Big Reggie's Root BeeSo last Saturday my wife said that she had heard the town of Excelsior was rather neat and touristy and we should go down there. I also wanted to make my way to the Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, which is vaguely in the same direction so we sallied forth on an adventure. Excelsior is a fun little town. Lots of those touristy shops and site seeing cruises on Lake Minnetonka. After a long walk she suggested that maybe there was a brewery with root beer as we rested in the park. I felt like I had already done such search awhile ago but I pulled out my phone and Google Maps suggested to me Excelsior Brewing (Google knows me too well). It is situated right in downtown Excelsior, a short walk from where we were. So yeah we dropped in and saw that there were sodas to be had including Big Reggie’s Root Beer. It was a really hot day so perfect time to get a pint. Another serendipitous review!

The Body is very sweet but mild with sarsaparilla and vanilla flavors noticeable. The Bite is very mild with low carbonation and no noticeable spice. It is quite smooth though. The Head is short and a little foamy. The Aftertaste is sticky, mild sarsaparilla.

It’s sure is sweet, and smooth. Looking at their website says that they wanted to make it smooth, and they did succeed. Overall it’s not particularly unique, but is fine on a hot day after walking about Excelsior. Snag a brew and some snacks and all. Their other soda flavors, Honey Lemonade, Orange, and Grape are nice as well. There’s also a cool classic arcade cabinet with lots of games that is free. It’s worth dropping by if you’re in the area.

Three kegs




Excelsior Brewing Brew Vats

The Excelsior Brewing brew vats.

The Excelsior Brewing craft soda taps

The Excelsior Brewing craft soda taps. Orange, Grape, Honey Lemonade, and Root Beer