GourmetRootBeer

Aug 262015
 

Bottle of Berghoff Famous Root Beer I’m not sure if this is really that famous. It clearly says famous on the label, but other than the online site I bought this from, I’ve never seen nor heard about it. A&W I’d call a famous root beer, but Berghoff? I suppose it really boils down to what you define as famous and maybe they are in the region they’re from. There’s a very small “Chicago’s” written vertically in front of the famous which makes me wonder if it should be called Berghoff Chicago’s Famous Root Beer. The famous and the root beer are the same font so they clearly go together. This brew is also Old Fashioned and Draft Style, which are two cliches that really have no meaning in the root beer world as pretty much everyone uses them and there is no consistency between the root beers that do. I got this back in the late 1990’s in one of the first variety packs I ordered. No particular reason, I just needed to try it. It’s from a microbrewery Chicago who, like many others, developed it during prohibition.

It has a very sweet Body. It also had a nice Bite to it. The Head however was awful, almost none. The Aftertaste started out nice, but then turned icky and left a bad flavor in my mouth for quite some time.

This was almost drinkable on account of of the Body, but the Head and Aftertaste sealed its fate. Close, but not quite. For something as “bleh” as this, I really have to wonder again about the whole “Famous” part. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs




Aug 192015
 

Americana Root Beer Bottle I had ignored this root beer for several years as I thought it was the same Americana Cream Style. Then I finally dug out my old bottle and checked the ingredients and found that they were different, and it wasn’t called Cream Style any more. It doesn’t seem to be made by Seattle Specialty Beverages either. Rumor has it that the original Americana Cream Style folded and Orca changed things a bit and is just going with this Americana. Interestingly, the label doesn’t depict an Americana soda, i.e. things associated with the culture and history of America, esp. the United States. The original did but now it’s all “Delicious Vintage” and “Handcrafted” and whatnot. The irony of the first is not lost on me seeing that this is a brand new recipe. Hopefully they improved it over the first Americana I tried.

The Body has a dark sassafras flavor that turns rich and creamy with vanilla and honey. The Bite is lacking. The Head, despite the picture on the label, is the “two second Head” and thus dismal. The Aftertaste is vanilla and honey with some wintergreen. It’s very delicious and the best part of this brew.

Wow! That is definitely an improvement over the licorice beast that was Americana Cream Style. It still falls short in almost every category, especially and literally the Head, save that lovely Aftertaste. I’d drink this again, though I wouldn’t seek it out. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs




Aug 122015
 

Jackson Hole Buckin' Root Beer When my sister graduated from BYU she asked me to help her move to Pullman, WA where her husband was going to complete his degree. My job in helping included riding along with them so they wouldn’t be as bored. I switched between riding with my sister in their car, and with the moving truck. When we finally got there and he was gassing up the truck before returning it, I found this Jackson Hole Buckin’ Root Beer at the station. The picture doesn’t actually depict a bucking bull, but some dude flying in the air above one. I think it’s implying he got bucked off or something. I never was into rodeo that much but whatever. The rest of the label is nice and orderly without trying to throw a million tag lines at you. That’s a cowboy characteristic for you. It’s buckin’, see it bucked, that’s it.

A nice rooty Body with a spicy Bite made drinking this root beer rather enjoyable. The flavor was like that of a root beer barrel candy. The Head wasn’t very frothy and fizzed away very quickly which disappointed me. The Aftertaste was sweet and spicy. There was a noticeable lack of vanilla flavor so it wasn’t very creamy however.

Not a bad brew, though lacking in a few departments. Factoring the lack of into both body and Aftertaste, coupled with the less than favorable head it is slightly more than drinkable at best. I do know some people who swear this is the best one out there *cough* root beer store guy *cough* but I won’t even give it a Seal. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs