Oct 072015

Goose Island Root Beer Bottle One of the earlier mail order root beers. I think I got it before my mission but I can’t remember anymore. It came in a variety pack. Back then I’d buy three bottles of four different varieties in a 12 pack. This is another root beer from Chicago. I think Chicago may have the most brands of gourmet root beer coming out of it of any city. I’m not sure why that is. The label doesn’t say much, there’s a goose, and it looks like a wooden keg and then there’s the whole “Hand Crafted”. What does that even mean? They pour the ingredients by hand? They stir by hand? And what isn’t “hand crafted”? Machine crafted? Foot crafted? Paw crafted (in the case of Sea Dog)? I somehow doubt, that even in the largest of soda bottling factories, that no hands are involved in the process. But, If someone ever finds out about what this really means, please let me know. It also says “Fresh Draught” off to the side. The only other brew I’ve ever seen spell draft as draught is my beloved Henry’s, so they get some extra props for that.

It has a nice sweet, smooth Body that was a little tangy. Wonderful Bite and a strange but pleasant Aftertaste. The Head however was horrible.

I find it ironic that the Head is the weakest part of this when it says on the neck of the bottle “Creamy Head Root Beer” which it clearly isn’t. Other than that it’s a decent “Hand Crafted” brew, though a bit strange at times. I’d put it as an average gourmet root beer. Good with food, but nothing to seek out. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Sep 302015

Antiqology Root Beer BottleAntiqology is an antique shop of sorts in Huntington, IN. They sell a blend of old and new and claim to have many unique items not found anywhere else. They also sell ice cream and a large selection of craft sodas because antiques and craft sodas are often purveyed together… They made this Special Edition Root Beer for their “Heritage Days 2015″ which some festival that happens in Huntington. This year’s theme was Broadcasting in the 1930’s which is the theme of the root beer label itself. I managed to get two bottles in a trade with the mighty anthony. The label doesn’t say who makes it, though on their site they say that there will be other Antiqology flavors to come. I have a sneaking suspicion that this was a custom recipe from one of the private labelers but I don’t know and I don’t think it warrants such an investigation.

This has a mild Body with a generic creamy flavor that seems a little watered down. The Bite is pretty mild as well. The Head is amazingly tall and lingers forever. The bubbles get big as it fizzes down. The Aftertaste is a light vanilla with some bitter notes.

This is really nothing unique or special, other than the good Head. I’m kind of disappointed because with a limited run Special Edition brew, you’d think that they’d take more risks or make it more distinctive. But they played it safe, so no one will really hate it, unless they hate root beer in general. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

Sep 262015

Deadworld Slow Decay Vanilla Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalThe other flavor of zombie root beer from Deadworld Zombie Sodas which is bottled by Caprice Brands. I got this in the same combo pack as the Twilight Shuffler Root Beer. The fact that there are two zombie themed brews makes zombie fans like me overjoyed. This vanilla root beer is named after the lepers from the Deadworld comic series. These lepers are the victims of bizarre experiments of killing the flesh with the leprosy infection. As a result, these lepers are neither human nor zombie. But since their flesh is decayed, they can travel undetected amongst the zombie hordes. It’s an interesting price to pay for zombie camouflage. Though my bottle features the chesty woman in white, there are three other label pictures for this as each flavor has four different labels. My favorite for this flavor is the assassin looking woman, but sadly that’s not what I got. This one’s not bad though.

The Body is full of sweet vanilla washing all over everything, including a solid root beer core that has nothing lacking. This is followed by a spicy Bite that finishes smooth with good carbonation levels as well. The Head is tall with moderate staying power. It doesn’t disappoint. It all ends with a spicy vanilla Aftertaste that lasts and lasts. There’s a hint of wintergreen in there as well.

I love vanilla brews and this one is just fabulous, the best one yet, of both the Deadworld brews and all vanilla root beers up till now. So next time you have a zombie tag game or a zombie themed party or you just want to sit down to your favorite zombie show, get some Deadworld. You won’t regret it. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs