Apr 222015

Sprecher Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalAnother brew that I found in Sacramento on the trip there after my mission. My grandmother mentioned that there was a really nice root beer at a cafe down a few blocks away from her house which prompted me to drop everything and take off to see if there was any truth to the rumor. I found that the stories were true and I bought three bottles. Since it was already cold, I was able to start reviewing it as soon as I got back to the house. I for many years mispronounced the name of this. I always though it was a ‘ch’ sound and not a ‘k’ sound so it’s like the German word to talk. Also, I’m not sure what the crow daemon thing is supposed to be but at least it’s not a dog…

The Body is sweet and smooth with a nice honey flavor to it. One of the best root beer bodies that I have ever tasted. The Bite is there, but not too much, more on the smooth side, like I like it. The Head is good and frothy, but, unfortunately was a little too short to rank higher. The Aftertaste is also very nice with the honey.

Wow! This stuff is great. The only thing that could be improved would to have more vanilla flavor to it and a taller Head. All in all, this is a top notch brew. The fact that they sell this in pints means you always get an extra four ounces of goodness and trust me, you’ll always be wanting it. Since I originally reviewed it the label has changed to add that it was voted #1 by the New York Times. Well, I’m awarding my Seal of Approval, which is far more prestigious than anything in the Times. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Apr 152015

Weeping Radish Root Beer Bottle I have been trying to get this one for a long time. I’d known of its existence on the opposite side of the country but couldn’t find it sold anywhere that would do online sales. Repeated attempts to contact the company were in vain. I even have a cousin who lives in North Carolina and she never found it on any of her travelings. Finally the great Jon came through on trade. The label, in addition to the name, says “Radzie Wurzelbier” which I think means Radish Root Beer in German, though the online translator programs didn’t translate Radzie. If it really is a radish root beer I can’t imagine that would be good. There is a radish person on the label and he’s weeping, which is what I’d probably do if I drank a radish root beer, but I think that’s more just the whole mascot thing. Maybe, hopefully.

The Body is weak and fruity and almost tastes like there’s some sort of fruit or vegetable vinegar in it. Is there actual radish in it? Maybe … There’s a slight vanilla and honey flavor as well but it is seriously overshadowed. The Bite is sour and acidic. The Head is tall and frothy, that at least is going for it. The Aftertaste is sour and fruity.

Yuk. Okay, this might just be a radish root beer. Or at least it really is making radish man weep. I shed a few tears myself during the drinking of this. It doesn’t list radish in the ingredients (I’d love to add that to my list) but there’s that whole natural flavoring so who knows? They do, but they won’t say. At least not in English. Oh well. Now I know why they weren’t tripping over themselves trying to get this to me. See how it rates against other root beers.

1.5 out of 5 kegs

Apr 122015

The Brew Kettle Hand Crafted Root Beer Bottle This one comes from Strongsville, Ohio, from a place called The Brew Kettle. They got their start in 1995 as Ringneck Brewing Co and somewhere in their expansion from a three barrel brewery to the “massive” 20 odd barrel brewery they are today they decided to change their name. They have a taproom and smokehouse and the option to brew your own custom beers, like Vinepark or Brew Bakers. But all of that is secondary to me, as I care only about the root beer, which sadly, isn’t even mentioned on their website. I had to send them an inquiry to see if they actually made a root beer and they were kind enough to send me some to try. The label is very simple and doesn’t really give me a whole lot to write about, other than mentioning that this was the straightest label of the three bottles I got. They are all sort of crooked and cockeyed … which adds character? If you’ve got OCD about everything being straight and lined up like Poirot, you may not be able to handle it. But I care more about what’s inside.

The Body is full with a hint of fruit that detracts from an otherwise pleasing, yet standard, creamy root beer flavor. The Bite is present, both in carbonation and in spice, though there is nothing remarkable about it. The Head is nice and tall and starts very frothy then forms large bubbles as it fizzes down. The Aftertaste is some fruity vanilla.

This is pretty good, but I don’t like the fruity. I never like the fruity. If you like a slightly fruity creamy root beer, you’ll probably love this. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs