Mar 032021

Root 42 Root Beer Bottle This was my Christmas present for 2020. Props to my diligent wife to be able to track it down, as it had stopped being produced in bottles several months earlier. Yet, she was able to mail order some not just from one of the last distributors, but also get in contact with the makers and get two bottles from them. That’s the sort of thing that makes a gift extra special. This is made by New Creation Soda Works in Georgia. They say it’s “as natural as the government will allow” which I assume is referring to lack of sassafras? I don’t actually know. But yeah! Fight the power, or something. I don’t know why they are Root 42. There is no explanation, so kind of like Olde No. 43 in that respect, which is one number better? I don’t know. Let’s see.

The Body is sweet and rich with a nice caramel, vanilla, and aged sarsaparilla flavors featuring prominently. They are accented by a nice nutty taste which comes from pecan. The Bite is a little harsh from carbonation and a little light on the spice. I feel it could use more depth here as well as a smoother finish. The Head is quite nice. It’s pretty tall and though it fizzes down a little faster than others, it isn’t short lasting by any means. The aftertaste is a nutty vanilla flavor with caramel hints.

This is good and rather unique. There’s some interesting ingredients in this, including lemon juice and pecan, but it works far better than you’d expect. They also use “two-fold vanilla” which I had never heard of before. There is something missing, however, I can’t quite put my finger on it. A little bit of texture and spice is missing or something, keeping this out of Seal territory, but it’s good nonetheless, and I lament the decision to only produce in cans going forward. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Feb 172021

Sonic Root Beer Float Instant Pudding

I was browsing through Amazon trying to find some root beer stuff to write about and I noticed this. Root beer float pudding? That’s a new one but at the same time, it makes perfect sense. A rich vanilla pudding with root beer flavor could make a great root beer float. This is made by Sonic, a drive-in chain that sadly doesn’t feature their own brand of gourmet root beer in frosty mugs, despite their roots (pun intended) as a root beer stand. Honestly the more I think about it the more I’m just utterly disappointed in them as a company. Abandoning their past root beer glories. Oh well, as penitence they’ve made me a pudding to write about so I suppose I shall begrudgingly give them a pass, for now. Honestly, I’ve never eaten at Sonic, largely because of their utter lack of original root beer. Anyways, how is this pudding of theirs?

There’s a nice creamy vanilla flavor with a mild generic root beer taste. The Aftertaste is mostly vanilla with a little root beer. Overall it pulls off root beer float pretty good, but still has a rather cheapish instant pudding underlying flavor and texture though.

I like it. I must say I’m not a pudding snob in any way, but I find this just yummy as any instant pudding. I really think they nailed the root beer float flavor, which as I’ve seen before, isn’t a given. That said, not all people want a root beer float pudding, and half my family didn’t like it, but if you do want a root beer float pudding, this should satisfy your desire, especially if you only have 10 minutes to make said pudding.

Feb 082021

The Museum of Root Beer

Root beer fans. Finally our moment has come. Some of our brethren have pooled their resources to launch the Museum of Root Beer! At last, root beer will get the museum it deserves. Located in the Midwest’s premiere tourist stop, Wisconsin Dells, this promises to share the joy of root beer far and wide. But they need our help. For the next two weeks they are seeking donations to help make this dream a reality. So be a part of root beer history and support The Museum of Root Beer Kickstarter. Hopefully I’ll see you at the grand opening in May.