Jan 202016

Berghoff Root Beer Bottle I ignored this brew for quite some time, thinking that I’d already tried it and that it was no good. My parents even bought me a few bottles and I was all secretly put out since why would they buy me bad root beer. Well they were buying me new root beer. What I’d had was Berghoff Famous Root Beer which if you followed the link will notice has a different label and slightly different name. It also has different ingredients and nutritional info, which I only found out when I dug out that bottle to write the long overdue post on it. I’m sorry Mom and Dad, you knew what you were doing all along. Clearly the people at Berghoff realized they had a poor brew on their hands and set about to remedy it. Despite having reviewed 260+ root beers at this point, this still has some new ingredients including ethyl alcohol and triethyl citrate. They must not put much alcohol in it because it sells as a soda and doesn’t list an alcohol percentage on the side. I’m going with it’s perfectly legit for all ages, creeds, religions, etc.

The Body is sweet and caramely with a good sassafras flavor and some vanilla undertones. But, something seems a little out of place, some faint thing under the surface. The Bite is pretty good with some cinnamon that doesn’t overpower. The Head is adequate, medium height and frothiness. The Aftertaste is vanilla and some cinnamon and that little something-not-quite-right. That doesn’t ruin it, but it does take it down a notch.

I’m thinking that maybe the whole out of place flavor was the ethyl alcohol. But who knows, it could have been any of the “natural flavorings” or that triethyl citrate. It is better than the previous Berhoff Famous Root Beer, so there’s that. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Jan 132016

Pirate's Keg Root Beer Bottle I was in the Mystic Land of the North with my good friend to see an Arrogant Worms concert. If you’ve never heard of them, they are the greatest Canadian comedy folk band there is. They are probably also one of the only Canadian comedy folk bands there is, but still. While up there I discovered this jolly pirate themed brew. I say jolly because there’s a jolly pirate on the back, but you can’t see that in the picture, only the ship and map and kegs and what not. Really, he’s a cool happy pirate man. And just for you, if you click right here you can see him. You’ll also notice the whole obligatory “racinette” for the French Canadians. I actually really love everything about this label. It is one of my favorite pirate themed labels out there. Anyhow, I bought several bottles and then hauled them back to the States to give them a proper review.

This root beer has an okay Body a weak Bite and the Head is nothing special. The Aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Talk about a disappointment. With such a cool label, I was really hoping that this could be one of the best root beers of all time. Then I could be all like “arrr, I be getting’ to me Pirate’s Keg for a fine brew matey” and make every day Talk like a Pirate Day. Alas, it’s not to be. It’s not even a root beer I’d want to drink again. And as the years have gone by, everyone else seems to feel the same way and the company has gone the way of the tall ship pirate. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs

Jan 062016

Crown Brewing Root Beer Bottle Back in the early 1900s, the city of Crown Point, Indiana, was the home of a large regional brewery, Crown Brewing. It closed, however, in 1916. Then in 2008, two guys wanted to bring local craft beer back Crown Point, and resurrected the Crown Brewing name. They have been active in the community and host festivals and whatnot. Since they wanted to be the coolest sort of brewery, they also make and bottle their own root beer. The bottle itself is kind of psychedelic and I can’t help but wonder if it was made to be viewed with 3-D glasses. The label boasts that they use the “finest raw sugar and Lake Michigan water.” I’ve never thought that using Lake Michigan water would be something brag about, but I’m not from Indiana. Other than the sugar, it has all artificial flavorings, which might bother some people, but I know that a chemical produced in a lab can have the identical molecular structure as one produced in a plant so, bring. It. On.

The Body has generic creamy root beer flavor to it with some nice vanilla. The Bite is sharp and prickly and a bit spicy. It’s sharper than I would like. The Head is very short, but frothy. It’s rather disappointing. The Aftertaste is light vanilla.

Well that is pleasant. Though the Bite is stronger than I like and the Head is shorter, nothing else really stands out about this but nothing is really bad either. It’ll make a nice float and a decent meal accompaniment, though it isn’t one you’d really seek out to have on its own. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs