GourmetRootBeer

Jun 032020
 

Rusted Rodeo Mad Cowboy Root Beer BottleSeal of Approval This was a Christmas present from my lovely wife. Remember that the best presents are root beer. Always, forever. Especially if it’s a brand new root beer. Rusted Rodeo Craft Soda is a recent startup out of Wyoming, that only sells directly to customers, so if you don’t live near Gillette, WY (which statistically is basically everyone), you’ll need to mail order. This root beer is their flagship soda, with flavor text of “a bold, courageous, adventure-seeking, 8 second kin of guy … he’s a mad cowboy” that’s written in about 5 different font sizes. The ingredients are similarly written in different font sizes, and I doubt they listed them in order, or else this has more natural roots than carbonated water in it. It also has a rather unique bottle, which rather fun. Now, the brew itself?

The Body is complex and earthy with honey, sarsaparilla, and herb flavors mingling to give a very unique root beer that’s still not too far off of the expected flavor to come across as weird. It’s quite refreshing and not overly sweet, but well balanced and layered. There’s a notable spice Bite with clove standing out, but it’s on the milder, smoother side with a nice smooth finish. The Head is second to none. It stays forever and foams up like crazy. It’s basically perfect, so pour with caution or you’ll be waiting for a while before you can finish your pour. The Aftertaste is a nice spiced honey with faint sarsaparilla that leaves you feeling refreshed.

This is a very nice brew, a little different than your standard, archetypal root beer, but still satisfying in nearly every way. Now my only real complaint is the name. This is a quality, fine, complex and refreshing soda which is a pleasure to sip and enjoy. None of that connotes some crazy adventure-seeking mad cowboy. More like the mad cowboy’s grandfather, lazily rocking on his back porch, with a fresh batch of the family brew, enjoying the sunset while the roots and spices mingle and caress his tongue. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs




May 062020
 

Real Sugar Soda Vintage Root Beer Bottle Another brew from my good pal Rick. This one is from Oak Cliff, Texas. Real Sugar Soda. Evidently for them, real sugar means cane sugar, which I’m sure the beet producers in Michigan would take issue with. Heck, I even consider corn syrup as “real” sugar, inasmuch as it isn’t some artificial sweetener. But cane sugar is trendy these days, so it makes sense. They’ve been around since 2009, yet I’ve never heard of this root beer, and I’ve been doing this for longer than 2009. Maybe their root beer is new but their soda company isn’t? Maybe it’s only recently they started bottling. Whatever. It’s vintage. We all love vintage root beer. Nearly everyone’s got a vintage root beer. They even address that on their bottle, saying that it “definitely belongs here”. We shall see.

The Body is sweet with a fruity sarsaparilla tinge. There’s a hint of spices and it’s a little generic while on the creamy side. The fruity is a little much for me though. The Bite is very smooth, the spices can be tasted but not felt, if that makes sense, so I wish there was a little more. The Head proved itself worthy of all accolades, which you’ve heard before so I shan’t regale you with them. The Aftertaste is more of that sweet fruity, which I don’t really like.

So, yeah, this is okay, I guess. Like, just barely okay. Just barely drinkable for discerning root beer gourmet like I am and everyone else strives to be. But is it vintage? I guess so? I mean, it doesn’t taste like some new, avant-garde type root beer, so if it isn’t that you can call it vintage. I wouldn’t call it good. Just, drinkable. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs




Apr 082020
 

Guest Post by Jet Gift Baskets

How do you make your gifts more special other than ensuring they’re the recipients’ favorite food or drink, hobby set, color, brand, accessory, or quite simply, something they love? How do you make gift-giving a little more exciting and memorable for your partner, your best friend, your golf buddy, your mom-in-law or just about anybody you know who deserves it?

Easy.

While knowing you’ve given it a lot of thought and ensuring that it’s something your recipient really likes or love, don’t take for granted the idea that there’s actually more you can do to make it more special. Give your presents a more personal touch like a short message or note or wrap it up yourself no matter how messy it will turn out to be or place it on their favorite spot in the house. Do that and be ready to get a smothering or a tight bear hug or a thank-you with a big smile—something you’ll never forget not for the rest of their lives but of yours.

Okay, so how about your beer lover family and friends, what exactly will they love to get for their birthday, an anniversary, the holidays, or even for no occasion at all?

Let’s start with the Pirates’s Gift Bag. This is prolly the best surprise you can give your 4-year-old daughter or your toddler nephew whose entire world revolves around their pirate ship and all their mighty conquests in their imaginative worlds of play. This gift basket makes for the perfect present for the young pirate-at-heart or perhaps the discerning root beer connoisseur for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, with its Jack Black’s Root Beer, gourmet popcorn, gummy candies, and trail mix they sure would love to share with everyone!

Perhaps you prefer your beer to be not of the root variety.

Enjoying your favorite cold fizzy drink shouldn’t be a once-in-a-blue-moon thing! Surprise your best buddy or go-to office partner or favorite brother-in-law with the Blue Moon Meat Snacker that they can enjoy by themselves or shared with others anytime of the week or on their favorite holiday: the weekends! Packed with Blue Moon Beers and the perfect snacks to go with it—beef sticks, summer sausage and two types of pretzels—surely, this is one beer gift basket every beer lover will want to have!

It’s no secret that great food comes with great company that’s why everyone just loves a great barbecue with family and friends! So the next time Lucy from down the block invites you for a birthday barbecue for her hubby Ben or your boss invites you for a weekend get-together with the boys at work, make sure to bring the barbecue monster beer gift basket for the host: the BBQ Crunch Time Snacker. No doubt you’ll pump up the happy and enjoyable vibes of the bbq party with great beer and gourmet snacks everyone loves!

Now, this beer gift basket idea is definitely one for the books! The wooden beer carrier with bottle opener that comes with Personal Beer Caddy is every beer lover’s dream! And that’s only one of the surprises . . . as this gift basket—that’s perfect to give to celebrate a birthday, a promotion, a long weekend or simply, finally getting that driver’s license— comes full packed with extraordinary gourmet treats of pretzels, crackers, summer sausage, and one Jalapeno & Monterey cheese bar, and of course Longboard beer!

Celebrate Friendship Day with your girlfriends and/or boyfriends or Siblings Day with the entire family with a cozy brunch in the backyard or at the family’s lakehouse! And don’t forget to pack up and bring along this beer gift basket worthy of a big celebration in itself! Our Let’s Day Drink comes overflowing with mixed nuts and sesame seeds, gourmet sausage and meats, and delish treats of cheeses, Cucina and Amore Bruschetta, candied pecans among others, together with no less than a six-pack of Shock Top beer. Cheers!

With our extensive collection of beer gift baskets at Jet Gift Baskets, you’ll never run out of gift ideas for your beer lover families and friends.

With or without an occasion, surely, your recipient will love to get one or two from our amazing selection of gift baskets that has been artfully curated to make sure every basket is filled with no less than delicious treats of gustatory favorites that are sure to warm their hearts.