Nov 182020
 

A quart of Honey & Mackie's root beer ice creamNot far from my house is a lovely craft ice cream shop called Honey & Mackie’s. They do small batch, hand mixed flavors that are truly top notch. Many a summer afternoon or evening, we’ve strolled there to get a waffle cone full of their decadent treats. They also have fries. Loaded fries that are kind of like a poutine, but not exactly but will definitely fill you up and are as high quality as their ice cream. So yeah, it’s one of those gems you find sometimes. They rotate through various flavors and this past week they made root beer ice cream, so I had to get some. Their method was to use root beer candy sticks, crush them up, and mix them in. I wasn’t sure how that would work, but I immediately went and bought a quart to give it a try.

It’s very rich and sweet with a distinct, minty root beer flavor. There’s lots of creamy vanilla, obviously, but it still tastes more root beer than float. The ice cream itself is very sticky and gooey and high quality. Despite being so rich and well flavored, it isn’t overpowering nor overly sweet.

Oh yum. This does not disappoint. It’s exactly the sort of quality you would expect from Honey & Mackie’s, if you’ve been there before and were expecting. This is hands down the best root beer ice cream I’ve ever had. I hope they bring it back as I would love to get this with maybe a scoop of cinnamon in a waffle cone. Anyways, if you’re in the Twin Cities area, you should definitely head over there. You won’t regret it.




The root beer (and some other) ice cream. It’s kind of pink. Strange color.

All of the different Honey & Mackie’s Flavors

Oct 212020
 

Sprecher Root Beer BBQ SauceThe last good of my Sprecher Root Beer Products order. The Barbecue Sauce. I love me some barbecue sauce. I always put it on burgers, fries, chicken strips, ribs, etc. I always am pouring copious amounts of it on my barbecue. In my opinion, fries are merely a vehicle to eat barbecue sauce. So this was the one I was the most excited for. We waited for a special occasion and then made a nice rack of ribs topped with the sauce for a first taste.

It’s a rather runny sauce, which is unexpected. The flavor is a little ketchupy and tangy, with a bit of tart spice. The root beer doesn’t really come out like it does in their mustard. When cooked on ribs, it thickens nicely and gives a great flavor, though not the root beer flavor that I’d hoped.

That was kind of disappointing. I later tried it on a hamburger and a chicken burger and some fries and I’ll just give it an okay. It’s not really my style, and the root beer doesn’t really shine though. It isn’t bad by any means, just not what you’ll probably be looking for when you get a root beer barbecue sauce. I’m looking for something thick that I can dip all my things, whereas this seems more like a marinade sauce than a finishing/dipping sauce.

My rack of Sprecher Root Beer Barbecue ribs.

My rack of Sprecher Root Beer Barbecue ribs.




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.