May 112016

Stewart's Root Beer BottleI can’t remember where I found this but I know when I found it, the year at least. It was in 1999, a year after I’d started reviewing. I know because I have a 75th anniversary bottle that clearly says since 1924 and I can do math. It also says “Original” (aren’t they all) and “Cold-Brewed Draft”, which at first seems pretty cool until you start to think about it. Then it doesn’t really mean anything. Are they trying to say its style is cold-brewed draft (whatever that means)? They can’t be implying that the brew is a draft since it’s clearly bottled. Cold-brewing is a process for coffee, not soda or beer. Since it’s a mass produced root beer, it is most probably just a mixture of a bunch of different extracts. Calling such a procedure cold-brewing is politician like levels of stretching a definition. And thus it probably never was supposed to mean anything and is just more marketing buzzwords thrown on there to imply higher quality at a first glance and complete stupor of thought at a more rigorous examination … what was I doing again? Oh yes, reviewing a root beer.

This has a good Body, good Head, and a decent Bite. But, the Aftertaste is a weird one that lingers too long so that the more you drink the less you want.

And thus a truly average root beer continues to stand the test of time. No one will say that it’s nasty and I’m sure that no one, and I mean, NO ONE will say it’s the best. But it’s a root beer and without ones like this we wouldn’t be able to really appreciate the good ones now would we? See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

  One Response to “Stewart’s Root Beer”

  1. My wife thinks it has a maple flavor… the kind you get when you eat maple bar donuts.

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