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.




Apr 192017
 

A glass of Dru Bru Root BeerSo last weekend I was driving home to visit my parents for turkey hunting and Easter festivities and my low oil light came on and my children were simultaneously complaining about being hungry. We had to stop somewhere soon and then I remembered that a new brewery had opened on the top of Snoqualmie Pass. What a perfect opportunity/excuse to stop by. I’m not sure when Dru Bru Brewery opened, but it wasn’t much earlier than 2016 or I would have found it on earlier root beer searches. They have a very comfy and friendly tap room but no restaurant. They let you bring in outside food or order some from the local restaurants. There’s also a few snack items that can be ordered. One nice thing is that they let you order 5 ounce root beers, which is great for the kids. We got a round of brews and some sort of cured meat thingy and I set to work reviewing.

The Body is mild with a rather generic, albeit yummy, creamy root beer flavor. The highlight is the vanilla. The Bite is very mild and smooth, a little too mild for me. The Head is nice; medium height and frothy. The Aftertaste is a pleasant vanilla flavor.

Decent brew. Nothing special or out of the ordinary, but a nice middle of the road root beer that no one will really dislike. You know, the sort that goes well with a pizza party, which I was planning on having with my parents that night so I got a growler for the road. It’s not worth its own trip, but if you’re already up there, it should do the trick if you want a root beer.

Three kegs


Dru Bru Brewery

Dru Bru Brewery

The Dru Bru brew vats.

The Dru Bru brew vats.