Mar 252017

Heady Root Beer

Root beer fans, a new craft root beer company is launching and needs our help. Heady Root Beer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring their vision of root beer to the world. Their vision is fresh, non-shelf stable brew using only natural ingredients and no preservatives or stabilizers. Keep it cold or forget it. They’ve got several flavors they’ve developed as well, so check them out and give them some support.

Mar 222017

Harvey & Vern's Olde Fashioned Root Beer Bottle Once upon a time there was a farmer from Quyon, Quebec named Harvey. Upon a slightly different yet partially overlapping time there was a doctor from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia named Vern. They both lived in simpler, all natural times and enjoyed soda. “Then one day they met and decided to make root beer,” would be the logical conclusion of the story but it isn’t. They never met. But Harvey’s grandson married Vern’s daughter. He owned the Kichesippi Beer Company and decided to make Ginger Beer and Cream Soda that are all natural with locally sourced ingredients that would take one back to the two different but similar yesteryears that both Harvey and Vern kind of simultaneously enjoyed. He put it in painted bottles as well. Sometime thereafter he added root beer to the mix, and I got interested. But not living in Canada, I had to trade with the awesome Akira.

The Body is sweet and creamy with sarsaparilla and vanilla flavors and a little wintergreen. The Bite is pretty good with cinnamon featuring prominently though not burning. The Head is most excellent. Pour with care. The Aftertaste is some vanilla and bitter wintergreen. The bitter lingers too long, unfortunately, so it increases the more you drink, ruining an otherwise pleasant experience.

This is almost the standard creamy root beer with sarsaparilla flavor instead of sassafras. I do like it other than the bitter at the end. It’s definitely worth having every now and then. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Mar 152017

Summit Vintage Soda Pop Root Beer Bottle Summit Vintage Soda Pop is a store brand root beer from the ALDI stores. I had never really heard of ALDI, despite them being all over the world. I’ve never seen one on the West Coast or the mountain states though. Researching for this review turned up that Trader Joe’s is actually owned by one of the ALDI group’s owners, so I guess that ALDI kind of owns Trader Joe’s. Maybe that’s why there are no ALDI stores around here. But they are around the East Coast, so anthony was able to get some for me. I don’t really like their label. Why must they have everything in a different font? What is that supposed to accomplish? The rest is rather plain, but it is just a store brand so I suppose I should be grateful that they even bottle in glass. I wish Safeway would follow their example.

The Body is a little hollow with a generic creamy root beer flavor. There’s some sweet vanilla but nothing else really sticks out. The Bite is sharp from carbonation and spice. It even finishes prickly on your tongue after you’ve swallowed. The Head has good height but lacks staying power. The Aftertaste is sort of bitter and sticky with a slight wintergreen flavor.

Well, this really isn’t horrible, but really isn’t good either. It tastes like a cheap store brand which is what it is. Every category is just sub-par. I wouldn’t ever drink it again, even if there were no other root beers around. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs