GourmetRootBeer

Sep 162021
 

Nature's Touch Root Beer Milk I saw someone post a picture of this on Facebook and I curiously asked where I could find it. They said QuikTrip in Minneapolis area. There are tons of those all around me! Alas the downside of driving electric, you have no idea what is being sold in local gas stations anymore. I mean, why would I go there? Root beer milk that’s why. So I did and I bought some. This root beer milk is actually made for QuikTrip, so it’s their house brand. It is also made locally. I have high hopes for a root beer milk. I’ve heard about it before and it seems to me like it could taste a lot like a root beer float if done correctly. So how was it?

It kind of tastes like root beer barrel candy at first sip, but the flavor is weak and off balance. The wintergreen comes through bitter and clashes with the milk flavor. Despite there being a lot of sugar, it doesn’t taste very sweet. It really doesn’t taste good at all.

Yuk! This is bad. Like, really not good. My kids wouldn’t even drink it. I have no idea who thinks this is good or why, but someone must. Yet I think it’s the worst flavored milk I’ve ever had. Stay away, unless you are a glutton for punishment.




Sep 012021
 

A mug of A & Dubs Root Beer Back in June I took a day off to make another small three day Minnesota road trip. Plan was Duluth to Ely and back. Since I’d already been root beer hunting in Duluth, I wasn’t planning on finding anything. Yet, the day before I tried “root beer duluth”s into Google and found a drive in called A & Dubs. They seemed to have root beer, so I gave them a call and they said yes, they make there own. Well, I knew where I was headed for dinner then. The little drive in was originally an A&W some 60 years ago but they decided not to renew the franchise at some point and just strike out on their own, with their own root beer recipe. They changed the name to A & Dubs, which is about the least creative thing to name your former A&W since the drive in named “The Drive In”. It’s a proper drive in with car service and 3 booths inside (closed sadly for Covid) and two picnic tables outside and offers the standard drive-in fare of burgers, dogs, chicken baskets and the like. Their sign says “Home of the Power Platter” which is a burger root beer combo meal. So that’s what I got.

The Body is sweet with a classic root beer stand sassafras flavor and some creamy vanilla. It’s a little mild though not too weak. The Bite is spicy yet smooth in carbonation and finish. The Head is short but very foamy and lasts awhile. The Aftertaste is a very mild sassafras and vanilla.

This is pretty good root beer. Stronger than the last drive in I went to but still a little too mild to get the Seal. Their Power Burger was much smaller than I expected with a name like that but was tasty enough. I’ve had better, but I go to a lot of these types of places. Over all I’d say there’s nothing particularly special or unique about this place compared to similar root beer stands, yet, it’s the only one of its kind in Duluth, so I can see why it’s still going strong. The waitresses were very friendly and gave good service. It’s still family owned too, so it’s worth dropping by if your in the area and looking for that classic drive in flavor. Just make sure to bring some cash, as they don’t accept cards at all.

Three and a half kegs




The A & Dubs Drive In. And my sweet sweet Model 3 blue (best road trip car ever)

The A & Dubs menu

The menu on the side.

The Power Platter

The Power Platter. Tasty, but kind of unimpressive given then name.

Aug 182021
 

Barq's Root Beer Float Tubes

My wife was shopping at Aldi for some ice cream treats and grabbed these cause they looked good and she knows I need moar content. I’d known about them for awhile but could never find them. I realize that I’m actually quite bad at tracking down things that aren’t root beer proper, and thus for over a year these had eluded me. Anyways, these are equal parts Barq’s Root Beer slushy thing and vanilla ice cream. They actually use Barq’s syrup and thus reading the ingredients reveals caffeine. I think these are the only caffeinated ice cream thing I’ve ever seen/had. They are in little conical type tubes that you squeeze from the bottom as you eat.

There’s a strong root beer flavor with that classic Barq’s taste. They definitely didn’t skimp on it. The vanilla ice cream is rich with a strong vanilla flavor as well, the combination of the two gives a wonderful root beer float experience.

This is by far the best root beer float frozen treat I’ve had. These things are delicious. Barq’s Root Beer float in a tube, I can’t recommend it enough, unless you absolutely need a decaffeinated ice cream treat. But at only 3 ounces a tube, and only half of that root beer, the caffeine is pretty trivial. Either way, I can’t recommend these enough. Get ’em if you see ’em.