Mar 222017

Harvey & Vern's Olde Fashioned Root Beer Bottle Once upon a time there was a farmer from Quyon, Quebec named Harvey. Upon a slightly different yet partially overlapping time there was a doctor from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia named Vern. They both lived in simpler, all natural times and enjoyed soda. “Then one day they met and decided to make root beer,” would be the logical conclusion of the story but it isn’t. They never met. But Harvey’s grandson married Vern’s daughter. He owned the Kichesippi Beer Company and decided to make Ginger Beer and Cream Soda that are all natural with locally sourced ingredients that would take one back to the two different but similar yesteryears that both Harvey and Vern kind of simultaneously enjoyed. He put it in painted bottles as well. Sometime thereafter he added root beer to the mix, and I got interested. But not living in Canada, I had to trade with the awesome Akira.

The Body is sweet and creamy with sarsaparilla and vanilla flavors and a little wintergreen. The Bite is pretty good with cinnamon featuring prominently though not burning. The Head is most excellent. Pour with care. The Aftertaste is some vanilla and bitter wintergreen. The bitter lingers too long, unfortunately, so it increases the more you drink, ruining an otherwise pleasant experience.

This is almost the standard creamy root beer with sarsaparilla flavor instead of sassafras. I do like it other than the bitter at the end. It’s definitely worth having every now and then. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Mar 152017

Summit Vintage Soda Pop Root Beer Bottle Summit Vintage Soda Pop is a store brand root beer from the ALDI stores. I had never really heard of ALDI, despite them being all over the world. I’ve never seen one on the West Coast or the mountain states though. Researching for this review turned up that Trader Joe’s is actually owned by one of the ALDI group’s owners, so I guess that ALDI kind of owns Trader Joe’s. Maybe that’s why there are no ALDI stores around here. But they are around the East Coast, so anthony was able to get some for me. I don’t really like their label. Why must they have everything in a different font? What is that supposed to accomplish? The rest is rather plain, but it is just a store brand so I suppose I should be grateful that they even bottle in glass. I wish Safeway would follow their example.

The Body is a little hollow with a generic creamy root beer flavor. There’s some sweet vanilla but nothing else really sticks out. The Bite is sharp from carbonation and spice. It even finishes prickly on your tongue after you’ve swallowed. The Head has good height but lacks staying power. The Aftertaste is sort of bitter and sticky with a slight wintergreen flavor.

Well, this really isn’t horrible, but really isn’t good either. It tastes like a cheap store brand which is what it is. Every category is just sub-par. I wouldn’t ever drink it again, even if there were no other root beers around. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs

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