Apr 012020

Atta Boy Root Beer Bottle From Oklahoma City in the OK state of Oklahoma (I will not apologize) comes this brew. It’s made by BTB Brewing Company, which stands for Bricktown Brewing Company… so where’s the other B mean? BrickTown Brewing Brewing Company? That’s what the bottle makes it out to be. The only reason I could find out it was Bricktown was some very small print on the side. I’m just … no. I’m done. I’m not even going to do this anymore. So Bricktown Brewing Company is a sorta Midwest Chain, with all locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, R-Kansas I mean Arkansas, and Missouri. Their website says nothing about this root beer at all, why it’s called Atta Boy, why it’s a dog, or anything. But peeps like their dogs and like to name root beers after them and I like to complain about it so there we are. Anyways, the most fine and accommodating Rick sent me this for which he has my eternal thanks. Atta Boy Rick (still not sorry).

The Body is nice and sweet with a classic creamy root beer stand flavor. There’s a good amount of vanilla mixed into the sassafras core accented by some spice. The Bite is decently sharp with a fairly smooth finish. The Head is disappointing. It’s tiny short, it’s gone quickly. It ruins an otherwise impeccable root beer experience. The Aftertaste is sweet vanilla and sassafras with the tiniest hints of wintergreen which builds as you drink, making it tastier and tastier.

Wow, fine flavors, but a terrible Head. So close. If this had a Henry’s type Head I’d probably rate it 4 1/2, but it doesn’t so I won’t, I can’t, and finally I’m sorry. I really wanted to give it the Seal, but rules are rules and however yummy you may be, a root beer needs to be the whole package and experience. But also it’s still yummy so worth drinking should you be at the BTB Brewery or whatever. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Mar 042020

Fentiman's Old English Root Beer Bottle Ah Fentiman’s. Makers of Dandelion and Burdock soda and some other English flavours. Long have I hoped for the day when they would release a root beer, figuring it was right up their alley, despite the fact that it is a uniquely American drink. And now, they finally have! And called it Old English Root Beer, which is something root beer is most decidedly not. Maybe, I suppose, one could argue that there’s a old English way of making sodas, like dandelion and burdock, and when those techniques are applied to root beer it makes it an “old English” root beer, but that’s a stretch. Whatever, they made a root beer, in the UK, and are selling it all over America so I can drink it and complain about it’s name in both print and video form. Truly no greater gifts were given to me by company without a history of making root beer. Any ways, UK root beers are generally bad, almost exclusively, so how is this?

The Body is sweet but not overly so. There’s a complex botanical sarsaparilla flavor with accents of fermented ginger and sweet pear nectar that somehow all works together in a way that makes it intriguing to drink. The Bite is mild but it isn’t smooth. The Head is amazing. One of the best ever. The Aftertaste is a nectary sarsaparilla.

So, um, huh. I expected it to be kind of nasty, what with the “pear juice concentrate” in the ingredients. And yet, they’ve managed to keep it tasting root beer enough to make me acknowledge that they’ve done better than other British brews. It’s not bad. It’s not really good either, but it’s unique enough that it’s worth trying once. And while no one will say that it’s a good root beer. I think most will probably think of it as a decent soda and an experience worth having once. Just not multiple times. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs

Feb 052020

Gene Simmons MoneyBag Root Beer Bottle Perhaps it was Rocket Fizz that spurred the creation of this brew. They made Kiss Army Root Beer after all. And that may have made Gene Simmons, one of the founders of Kiss, think to himself, I want some of that sweet soda money pie. And so MoneyBag soda was born? I don’t know. I can’t honestly say I know anything about Gene Simmons, or really Kiss other than the long tongues and makeup and they were referenced in Happy Gilmore and an episode of Scooby Doo where Shaggy wanted to get to a Kiss concert… Yeah um, I’m not the right person to be writing this review. I can do it no justice. Forgive me Kiss fans, I’m not worthy. But anyhow, this root beer was born, it exists, it’s making Gene Simmons lots of MoneyBags, and it happened to show up at a local grocery store so I bought it and drank it.

The Body is minty and creamy with a nice vanilla flavor featuring prominently. There’s also the tiniest hint of licorice and some bitter notes from the wintergreen. The Bite is a little harsh from carbonation but average from spices. The Head is very tall and foamy. It lingers and it basically a prime example of a proper root beer Head. The Aftertaste is a little too bitter, with wintergreen and vanilla in there as well.

It’s a decent brew, but nothing special, and a little too bitter. I wonder if its flavor is some sort of representation of Kiss and their music? I only know one of their songs, really, Rock’n Roll All Night, which I didn’t even know was a Kiss song till I Googled it right as I was writing this paragraph, and so I can’t really say. Oh well, it’s still worth drinking. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs