Mar 082017

Jason's Deli Root Beer BottleThe other root beer from my trip to San Antonio so long ago. Jason’s Deli is actually found all over the US but nowhere near me. When I was making the trip plans I thought I’d check to see if there was one and sure enough there was, several actually. Thankfully one was right by the airport so it didn’t really cost anything extra to take a taxi there on the way out (I always love it when it works out that way). One hallmark of this is that it’s an all natural root beer, for those of you who care (not me but my wife at least), with no preservatives and pure cane sugar. The label is pretty plain and I’m not sure if that little design is supposed to be the tops of root beer kegs. It doesn’t need to be, it can just be ovals if they want. Taste is what’s really important.

The Body is mild with a different sort of favor. It’s kind of candyish in a red vines type of way with some unknown spice and the slightest vanilla hints. There’s a slight Bite to it, not much; just that mystery spice and some carbonation. The Head is very tall and foamy like a root beer Head should be. The Aftertaste is a little more of that spice and candy, but there’s really not much Aftertaste at all.

This is a pleasant enough drink that would go well with some deli sandwiches, so it works well enough for their business and all. It’s interesting that it has that sort of Red Vines flavor and is in the same, relatively unique bottle as the other Red Vines root beer Towne Club. I searched but could find no official connection between the two root beers. Also the Towne Club is serious Red Vines while this is only slightly. It’s definitely worth a try if you happen to be eating at a Jason’s Deli anyways. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

Mar 012017

butchertown_big Butchertown is not actually a town. It’s a historic neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. At one point it had many breweries and distilleries. Though it became more and more industrialized, the few remaining residents fought to protect their community and have a preservation society and stuff. So what does that have to do with the soda company? I’m not sure. Details are scarce in that regard, but I imagine some thrifty entrepreneur decided that a soda company was just what the historic neighborhood needed to bring back the character from the days of yore. The label on the bottle is thick textured paper with an old photo of Butchertown, to help with that historic feel.

The Body is sweet with a strong sarsaparilla flavor. There;s some spices and vanilla in there as well but the dominant flavor is the sarsaparilla by far. The Bite is solid on account of said spices. The Head is nice and tall and the Aftertaste is sarsaparilla and vanilla.

Yum, this is a nice sarsaparilla. It’s a decent root beer too. Regular followers of my site will know how I feel about making root beers that taste like good other things and not overly like root beers. Then there’s the whole sarsaparilla/root beer debate as well, and I say they are different beasts, though closely related, cousin sodas if you will. So what does that all mean? I can’t give it a Seal, but I can say that it’s yummy. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Feb 222017

North Star Craft Soda Root Beer BottleAnother brew received in trade from that great root beer lover Tony. This comes out of Minnesota, if you couldn’t guess by the large silhouette of the state on the label. I’m not sure why the only star on the label happens to be on the south eastern corner of said state and not the north as the name would suggest. Another root beer mystery for the ages. Like why they had to use so many different fonts, or underline all of the ‘o’s. It is bottled by Whistler. It appears that this is just a different brand from the same company. The main point of this is non-returnable bottles as opposed to Whistler’s returnable bottles. Evidently, this is “crafted in teeny batches”. How small a batch does it have to be to qualify as teeny? A couple of bottles? A couple of cases? A couple of pallets? Either way, it doesn’t sound like they make much of this at a time. They also use “super filtered water” which is another term that’s as ambiguous as it is uncommon. It’s also made by a “handful” of people. I shudder to think what their recipe is like. Perhaps a bit of sugar, a tad of sassafras, a smidgen of cinnamon (it is a teeny batch after all).

The Body is sort of sour and fruity with a generic creamy root beer flavor. It has a Bite that is sour and sharp, which is not what I like. The Two-Second-Head doesn’t help it either. The Aftertaste is some nice vanilla with a slightly fruity tinge.

This root beer just fails to impress in every category. I wouldn’t drink it again and neither should you, but I will say that it is an improvement over the original Whistler, albeit much more generic. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs