Aug 082018

Yacht Club Root Beer Bottle Finally. Finally, finally, FINALLY! I was able to get a hold of this root beer. I’ve been trying to find some since 2011. The company would never answer answer my calls or emails and none of the distributors around here would carry it. I didn’t think that the company go under, they’ve been around for over 100 years at this point, but I was still worried that for some reason I would never get it. But then, about a year ago, The Root Beer Tracker got a hold of some and sent it to me. Yacht Club is the official soda of the state of Rhode Island, which isn’t actually an island, but if it were, it would make sense that they’d have a nautical themed root beer as their official root beer. I don’t know of any other states that have official sodas, so props to Yacht Club for making it happen.

The Body is pretty standard and generic with a creamy root beer flavor and a little vanilla. There’s a little fruity bit to it as well. The Bite is sharp on carbonation but light on spice. It doesn’t finish smooth either. The Head is solid, full points there. The Aftertaste is light and a little fruity.

Not bad. Not amazing by any means, but refreshing and nice. It’s a decent run-of-the-mill root beer that probably everyone will think is just good enough to be worth drinking when they’re in the mood for some yachting or some Rhode Island festival … stuff … ? Yeah, I don’t know what they do over there. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

Aug 012018

Polly's Pop Root Beer Bottle Polly’s Pop has its roots back in the 1920’s when a man named Louis, for some reason known as “Polly”, and a woman named Dorothea started the Independence Bottling Company in Independence, Missouri, which made Polly’s Pop. In 1972, however, it closed its doors. Then, in 2015, a lawyer by the name of McClain, who enjoyed Polly’s Pop as a child, resurrected the brand. He brought back bottling a year later. They use a 66 year old bottling machine to keep it as close to the original in every way possible. Because it’s called Polly’s Pop, they of course have a parrot on the label. Polly want a cracker? No he want’s a pop as evidenced by the bottle clutched in his zygodactyl foot (which has been one of my favorite words since elementary school). As with many in the craft root beer revival, this brand uses only pure cane sugar. Now the real question is was it worth bringing back.

The Body is rich and a little creamy. There’s a nice caramel flavor that stands out in a rather standard creamy root beer flavor. It’s very sweet and kind of heavy and syrupy as well. The Bite is on the small side and there’s a lot of spices to it. The Head is medium height but fizzes away too quickly. The Aftertaste is a mild and sticky vanilla.

This is pretty good, but not quite top notch. There’s not anything wrong with it at all, it’s just not amazing, and I like my brews amazing. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Jul 252018

Fizz Roc City Root Beer Bottle anthony is a great guy. He trades me root beers that are hard to find over here, like this one. Fiz Roc City Root Beer comes all the way from Rochester New York, which is much closer to New Jersey than to Washington. Is Roc City some slang for Rochester? It’s made by College Club Beverages but doesn’t seem to be branded as College Club in any way. The brand seems to be Fiz, so that’s how I’m labeling it. Some places seem to have it as Fiz Specialty Beverages or Fiz Specialty Drinks, and I alone am left to mourn the lack of coherent standards for root beer branding and labeling so every reviewer knows what to title his post as. But maybe that’s the goal, to provide an avenue for each and every reviewer to look deep inside themselves, and use the name that they feel is best, with all being right in the end because each of us is a special snowflake and we all see the world differently, and by allowing us to call the root beer whatever we want, we all fully able to express our individuality … I’m just going to stop that train of thought right now and tell you about this brew.

Very sweet Body with prominent sarsaparilla and vanilla flavors. There’s a strong Bite with spice and tingle. It’s solid and good. The Head is very nice and tall and foamy. The Aftertaste, however, falls flat. It’s just sort of sugar and that’s all. After much goodness, you’re left with just pure cane sugar that goes quickly, which is quite a disappointment.

Not a bad bit of brew, but that poor Aftertaste has torpedoed any chance of a Seal of Approval. It’s still better than average though so don’t pass it up if you are looking for a sarsaparilla-y root beer but not a sarsaparilla. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs