This brew comes from Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro, Illinois. The brewery is named after the Big Muddy River which is, you guessed it, big and muddy. Or, at least it seems to be so if the Wikipedia article is to be trusted. I’ve never been there so I have to take their word for it. There’s a lot of questions I have for these guys without any real answers to be found. Like, why a Sasquatch? If you asked most people where they imagine big foots (feets?) to be found, I doubt Illinois would be near the top of their lists. The website is rather devoid of facts about the brewery leaving more questions then answers. It’s also devoid of mentioning this root beer, which is another question I have for them. The wonderful Vince sent this my way, proving once again why he is such an invaluable asset to the root beer community.
The Body is sweet and crisp with a rich honey flavor and some sarsaparilla undertones in a Barq’s-y sort of way. There’s an adequate Bite from spices that is accentuated by an interesting effervescent mouthfeel. The Head is tall but fizzes away too quickly. The Aftertaste is some nice honey.
Pretty good. I like that bubbly effervescent mouthfeel. Quite unique. But, it just doesn’t quite do it for me. There’s nothing really wrong with this. It just doesn’t impress me like a Seal of Approval brew should. See how it rates against other root beers.
I can answer one of your questions being that I lived in Carbondale, IL near Murphysboro for over 20 years. Pictured on the bottle is the famed “Big Muddy Monster.” Stories about the Big Muddy Monster are a local thing.