GourmetRootBeer

Jun 052019
 

Growler of Rocket Fizz Double Barrel Root BeerI’m sure you’ve all been thinking, Eric, you never review growler root beers anymore, and you know what, you’re not the only one thinking that. The fine folks at Rocket Fizz, who never tire of creating new root beers and ways to package them seem to be thinking the same, so they released a new brew and a waxed sealed growler so someone like yours truly could come and do that type of review. Why thank you Rocketfizz. This is called Double Barrel Root Beer, which I guess is continuing their hunting theme introduced with the Dad-Gum-It!. Now the only problem with Rocket Fizz’s continued gifts to root beer reviewers is the lack of any of their shops in the state of Minnesota where I currently reside. Enter that great root beer collector Vince to save the day! He graciously sent me the growler in trade for some of my Canadian bounty. Thanks Vince, from the bottom of my heart.

The Body is rich and complex and dark. There’s some wintergreen and some other flavor I can’t place that doesn’t really ruin it but doesn’t quite work either. The Bite’s OK, but nothing extraordinary. Vanilla comes through in the Aftertaste and it’s really quite good.

On the whole it’s not my favorite flavor profile but isn’t really bad, per se. I was on the fence for 2.5 and 3 but hey it was Christmas time so I broke for 3, you know, as a Christmas present and all. I mean, it did compliment roasted chestnuts pretty well.

Three kegs




May 292019
 

A packet of Reed's Individually Wrapped Root Beer CandiesReed's candy

Reed’s Candy was started in 1893 by William and Eugene Reed in Chicago. They made butterscotch candy rolls at first and at one point in the early 1920s they were the largest manufacturer of butterscotch candy in the USA. Since nothing lasts forever, the brand fell in popularity and went bankrupt in the 1980s only to be resurrected two years later. They still produce four of their classic flavors today, including these root beer ones. These are different from your standard candy rolls (life savers) in that they are individually wrapped. They also aren’t flat discs, but bulge in the middle like discuses which I must say is a first for me.

It’s a sweet, standard tasting root beer candy. A little wintergreen is noticeable but it isn’t strong. It’s my favorite root beer candy profile, and tastes very similar to all of the other standard ones.

So yeah, it’s a yummy root beer hard candy. Much like the rest. I’m finding that there is significantly less diversity in flavor profiles of these candies as there is with actual root beers. So do I still recommend this? Yeah, it’s good. And if you really like that discus shape, like maybe you were a discus thrower or something, this might be just the perfect root beer candy for you.




May 222019
 

Richardson Root Beer Crystal Stick

Richardson Brands got their beginnings in the 1890s making pillow mints. Soft pillow mints. Which are not mints you put on your pillow, but are mints that look like pillows. Through the decades they’ve acquired other nostalgic sorts of candies including the original makers of these crystal sticks, Dryden & PalmerĀ® Rock Candy. Which are of course, just rock candy on a stick rather than a string. But crystal stick sounds much cooler than rock candy anyhow so that’s why people want to market it thusly. At least I think. Anyways, I was at a candy shop and asked if they had any root beer candies and they had those so I got one to tell you all about. Also I really like rock candy as a concept, cause it’s cool how they make it. Though I’ve never been able to successfully do so myself, I guess it’s “easy” to make at home. Anyhow, on to my tasting.

The root beer flavor is mild, generic and very much like other root beer hard candies. It doesn’t have much of a wintergreen or licorice taste on it like some do, which I prefer. The texture is, rock candy. Very bumpy licking, strange crunching if you chew. It tastes good either way.

All considered, this is a fun treat. It’s different and the root beer taste is what you’d expect, nothing more nor less. I can recommend this one, if you’re in the mood for a rock candy that is, on a cool little wooded stick. I imagine the novelty of these things wears off after more than one every month or so.