Jul 052017
 

A mug of Faultline Brewing Company Root BeerTwo weeks ago I was down in the Bay area, not for the business trip that I posted about on Facebook, but for another amazing Tesla Road Trip! It’s that time of year and probably my last trip down there for awhile, so I had to see what I could find. My friend had upgraded his P90D to a new Model X P100D! So much more ludicrous speed. And he even let me drive it! And he laughed as I raged at getting kicked out of autopilot time and again for “not holding the wheel.” I WAS HOLDING THE WHEEL!!!! Upgrade your sensors or something… So anyways, we had stopped in Mountain View and were trying to supercharge and I scanned the area and found the Faultline Brewing Company was only about 10 minutes away and still along the way to Monterey. So we left the rather congested super charger and took the Gilroy route down, stopping at the brewery along the way. It’s a really classy brewery I must say, as the pictures below will attest. The root beer order seemed more than a pint but it didn’t say on the menu and I didn’t ask. I was too busy drinking.

The Body is mild with a fruity generic flavor with some hints of sarsaparilla. There really isn’t much distinct about it. The Bite is mild as well yet it isn’t smooth. The Head is nice and foamy and can be built tall. The Aftertaste is fruity sarsaparilla with caramelized sugar.

So, no, not really, nope. I don’t really like this. I mean, it’s not horrible, but not good. We ordered some very delicious seafood ceviche and then, interestingly, the brew paired quite well with it. Afterwards I doubted my initial reaction to the brew and got a bit more to swig again and yup, didn’t like it. So my conundrum, a brew that literally only tastes good when paired with a menu item. I guess that’s my definition of drinkable, so 3 kegs it is, barely. I don’t even think it’d pair well with the other food there, but the ceviche was yummy and so I can recommend the combo but not the brew by itself. Check it out if you’re in the area.

Three kegs




The seafood ceviche with root beer. Quite a tasty combo.

The seafood ceviche with root beer. Quite a tasty combo.

The left side of the restaurant as viewed from the entrance.

The left side of the restaurant as viewed from the entrance.

The right side of the restaurant as viewed from the entrance.

The right side of the restaurant as viewed from the entrance.


May 242017
 

Pint of LTD Brewing Company Root BeerSeal of Approval Yesterday and Monday I was in Minneapolis for another job interview but this time for a different company, doing different things. Choices choices if I get offers from both. So anyhow I was in Minneapolis and looking for root beer. Remembering the fabulous brew at Town Hall Brewery and others, I had high hopes for another amazing Minnesota find. I discovered the LTD Brewing Company was not far from my hotel and immediately set off. LTD stands for Limited Batches, Unlimited Possibilities. It was started by two friends who met at college in 2003 and set off on a quest to make their own beer. This eventually turned into a brewery rather than some college kids trying to get drunk cheaper. Early on in the process, though, they made a commitment to have quality root beer, the kind Minnesota is known for. They didn’t disappoint.

The Body is oh so sweet and creamy and rich and utterly delicious. There’s tons of wonderful vanilla flowing through it. It also has quite a sharp and substantial Bite from a myriad of spices yet manages to finish smooth. The Head is amazingly tall and it takes the multiple pours before the glass can actually fill with brew instead of foam. The Aftertaste is strong vanilla with some wintergreen undertones.

Wow! This is so good. So sweet and spicy, yet smooth and creamy and just really what I want to see in a root beer. Dang Twin Cities area, you have got the highest concentration of Seal of Approval brews I know of. This might be the place for me to live.

4.5 Kegs


The LTD Brewing Company.

The LTD Brewing Company.

The LTD Brewing vats.

The LTD Brewing vats.

Only $2.50 for a pint of some of the world's best root beer.

Only $2.50 for a pint of some of the world’s best root beer.




May 102017
 

Pint of Montana Brewing Company Root Beer Last week I flew to Billings Montana for a job interview. That’s right, I’m thinking of changing careers. So I was out there to interview and since I needed to buy lunch I figured I’d try to find a root beer. I’d looked up and found the Montana Brewing Company before I arrived, but the path there was fraught with disaster and setbacks, like accidentally renting a car in the middle of town instead of the airport, to trouble with the GPS, to finding parking. All of this had to be done to give me enough time to eat before my interview. On the way I saw a broken box in the middle of the road with loads of wrapped chocolate bricks littering the road. I almost stopped to pick them up, but then remembered, root beer is the focus. Speaking of which, the Montana Brewing Company. I don’t know how long its been there, they don’t say on their website and I forgot to ask, but I do know that it is the most awarded brewery in Montana. So they must do some good stuff there.

The Body is a little mild, with a classic, soda fountain flavor. It’s almost creamy with hints of vanilla, but nothing else strong. There’s a little Bite from spice and the carbonation is almost too harsh. The Head is okay, but on the short side and fizzes away too quickly. The Aftertaste is light wintergreen and cane sugar.

This is a pleasant, but entirely forgettable brew. Nothing special, yet nothing bad. It’s good enough to drink with your lunch, though. I had their Holy Cow Dip sandwich with sweet potato fries. This was also good but not super amazing. So this whole thing was good, but not really worth a pilgrimage.

Three kegs


My lunch, the Holy Cow Dip and sweet potato fries. I'm not sure why it's called what it is.

My lunch, the Holy Cow Dip and sweet potato fries. I’m not sure why it’s called what it is.

The Montana Brewing Company taps. The root beer tap is the far left.

The Montana Brewing Company taps. The root beer tap is the far left.

The brew vats.

The brew vats.