Feb 102016

Bottle of Premium Brewski Root Beer Randomly one day I got an email from a kindly fellow named Akira, who also likes to review root beers up in Canada. Even cooler is his name is all Japanese, and my sister is living in Japan, and my brothers are both currently in Canada on missions. Akira brought up that there’s several fine Canadian brews (racinettes pour la francophonie au Canada) that I hadn’t tried, one of which was this, which has the greatest name for a brew, Brewski. It’s bottled by The Pop Shoppe for Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill. The ingredients appear to be different so I’m going with this being a unique recipe. He shipped it with another two root beers which ended up completely smashed despite a large box and much padding. Those darn Mounties must have trodden upon it with their horses. I knew Canada as a country didn’t like me, but that’s taking it a little too far.

The Body is sweet and a little creamy. There is some vanilla coming through but overall it’s on the light side. The Bite is almost non-existant. It is extremely smooth and lacks spice or even fizz after being poured. The Head is impeccable. It is tall enough that I can’t pour a whole bottle in my mug, and lasts forever. I’m talking Diamond Head type for-ev-ER! I think it may be the best Head I’ve encountered so far. The Aftertaste is a light and sweet vanilla that’s gone too soon.

Other than the fabulous Head, this brew is rather bland. I reminds me an awful lot of The Pop Shoppe, but it doesn’t have the fruity hint. It doesn’t taste bad at all though, and the Head earns it some bonus points, it’s even better than Pop Shoppe, looks like I’ll have to crown a new winner of the Diamond Head Award, if, of course, I had such an award. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Feb 032016

Point Premium Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalMy sister first bought this for me when I was at BYU. I had a four pack and put it in the back of the fridge on the top shelf until I was ready to review it a few days later. When I dug it out I noticed that the bottles had frozen, burst their seals, and had leaked root beer below. It was a total loss. I went back to the store she bought them from and they weren’t there. It would be months before I finally found this again. Their big gimmick is that their founder, Nicholas C. Point, had some sort of pointy head or hair or something. Though, they only talk about that on the back of the label. Going by the photo, he also has a pure white chin so I don’t know why they didn’t go with White Chin Premium Root Beer. Ol’ Nic was probably sensitive about the whole albino chin and poked people who mentioned it with his pointy noggin. After while they got the “point” and focused on what he was proud of. They talk up their using the “finest sugars” but the ingredients lists that as “cane sugar and/or fructose corn sweetener”. More importantly though, is the use of honey. As an aside, this brew is made near where my great grandparents settled when they first emigrated to the US. Now, back to the point of this review.

The point of this root beer is a delicious, sweet Body with all the right stuff, a medium frothy Head that sticks around for awhile, a nice but not very spicy Bite, and a pleasant Aftertaste of vanilla and honey.

Yup, I love this stuff. They have earned the right to call it Premium Root Beer. The label boasts the Beverage Tasting Institute’s Gold Medal Winner, but I’ll one up that with Eric’s Seal of Approval. It is clear that when the standards for good root beer were laid down, they didn’t miss the point. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Jan 272016

Thomas Kemper Root Beer Bottle One of the first five gourmet root beers I ever had. I can’t remember when I first saw it show up at Safeway, but it was after I had fallen in love with Henry’s yet before I became The Root Beer Gourmet that I am. I almost never got it since I had Henry’s (spoiler alert: I liked the Henry’s more), even though this was made with pure Washington honey. With my small sample size (four or five root beers at that point) I was wondering if all quality root beers would be named after somebody. Another special thing about this brew is that it was one of four brews in my blind taste test. You see, someone at my work said that all of my root beer preference was just hot air and I really couldn’t tell the difference. So I went home got a bottle of Henry’s, a bottle of this, a plastic bottle of A&W, and Safeway Select in a can and had my family administer the blind taste test. I correctly identified each root beer, and reported back to my coworker in the sort of taunts you’d expect from a 17 year old working on a farm.

A better than average brew but nothing spectacular. Nice Body, Bite, Head, and Aftertaste. Good on everything but not great on any of them.

And the sort of writing you’d expect from one of my earliest of early reviews. It was creamy with a nice honey flavor as well, but below Henry’s in all aspects. It’s plenty good all around and doesn’t really have any thing wrong with it, so it’s fine for floats and meals and what not. It just had the misfortune of being in the shadow of something greater. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs