Dec 072016

Whistler Classic Soda Root Beer BottleOne of my favorite Jethro Tull songs is The Whistler, and I always start humming it to myself when I think about this root beer. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Whistler Classic Soda is a different kind of company. They wanted to bring back the days of yesteryear when the local bottling plant would have returnable bottles you’d pay a deposit on. They think less carbonation and simpler ingredient and real sugar (is beet included?) is the way to go. I like the idea of returnable glass bottles, more environmental and stuff and other than weak carbonation the premise seems promising. They actually liked my Facebook page when they were just getting started and promised to send me some …and they never did. So I had to resort to trading with a fine fellow named Tony who is a loyal fan. The bottles are thicker glass than most which makes sense if they are reusable. It’s only 8 ounces unfortunately. Other than that, there’s nothing else to say about the plain bottle other than the cool spiral grips at the bottom.

It has a light and herbal sort of Body with a decent spiced Bite containing cinnamon. It isn’t as sweet as most brews. The Head is worse than a “two-second-Head”, though this is by design. The Aftertaste is anise and cinnamon.

Interesting and unique. But, it’s not all there for me. It needs more carbonation and a stronger flavor. It reminds me of Uncle Scott’s but less complex. I can see why they didn’t want to send me a sample. See how it rates against other root beers.

2 out of 5 root beer kegs

Nov 302016

Peace Tree Root Beer Bottle Check out this cool stubby bottle. I haven’t had many root beers in little stubby bottles like this. Maybe only twice before. I was very fortunate that a storied root beer collector and fan by the name of Vince lives close to the Peace Tree Brewery in Iowa and was willing to trade with me. In addition to it’s cool stubby little bottle, it’s got a pretty neat label. With lots of shades of brown and a picture of an old school jug that almost makes the root beer seem to come from such a jug. That’s probably what they were going for, and it works. It’s also handcrafted. Because aren’t they all. I’ll give a whole 1 keg bonus to the rating of the first brand to put “Machine Crafted” or “Foot Crafted” on their label. This is also made with beet sugar rather than cane.

It has a full and rich body with dark rooty flavor accented by a little bit of vanilla. It isn’t a creamy vanilla. The Bite is sort of a baking soda-ish, sour burn which I don’t enjoy at all. The Head is tall and sudsy with decent staying power. The Aftertaste is sassafras and vanilla.

This is pretty good, but the strange Bite kind of ruins it for me. I would love to like this more, since it’s always fun to give a seal of approval to a unique looking root beer, but alas, I cannot. It’s still worth drinking if you happen to be in the area. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Nov 232016

Penny Frosted Root Beer Bottle Another root beer I didn’t think I’d ever try. That was because when I learned about it and emailed the company inquiring, they said that they weren’t producing it in glass anymore. But then I guess the powers that be persuaded them otherwise (being shunned by me is very convincing I’d imagine) and they brought it back. Another reviewer, Root Beer Trackers got some and we worked out a nice trade. This is made by the Penny Cola Company, whose entire existence is the shunning of corn syrup sodas. They make several vintage flavors, though why they call this “Kick It Root Beer” is not explained. They have interesting quotes about Pennies and seem to love the little coins a lot. While I used to love Pennies, they’ve long outlived their usefulness and should be done away with, as they cost more to make then they are worth and they aren’t accepted anywhere. You can learn more about why we should get rid of our One Cent coins here. You can learn more about the flavor of this root beer by continuing to read.

The Body is very generic and a little fruity. The cane sugar is a nice touch though. The Bite is very mild; no real spice to speak of, but sufficient carbonation. The Head is medium but fizzes away very quickly. The Aftertaste is mostly fruity, not a super strong sour fruity, but fruity nonetheless. There’s even the slightest bit of vanilla in there.

This is pretty ‘meh’. I was on the fence as what to give it, but I guess, I would, probably, drink it again. It isn’t bad, it isn’t good, it just is. I will say that it justifies its existence far better than the coin with which it is frosted, so there’s that. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs