Jan 312018
 

Pint of Exit Strategy Brewing Company Root Beer On the last day of my Chicago trip our meetings ended early and we had a few hours so I jokingly suggested to my colleagues that we could get another root beer. They said if I could find another place we could go by, so I plowed into Google and quickly found Exit Strategy Brewing Company. It’s on the same street as Brown Cow, interestingly enough, though about eight blocks away. It was started only a couple of years ago and became the “exit strategy” of the owners who quit their “real jobs” to devote themselves to their true passion. That passion has also included their own root beer, which shows how seriously they really get behind the craft brewery movement. I mean, if you don’t have a root beer, you’re not really all in. They serve their root beers in glasses shaped like cans, which I absolutely adore. I just wish someone would take this one step further and make sealed glass cans that can open like a bottle. Take a type of root beer I won’t drink (canned), and make it proper (in glass).

The Body is sweet with caramel notes and a little vanilla. It’s on the mild side though the flavor profile is spot on. The Bite is very mild with low carbonation. Nevertheless, and notwithstanding the low carbonation, it builds a mighty Head when poured which has a decent amount of staying power. The Aftertaste is a little dark, a little vanilla, and a little gone too quickly.

Not bad at all. I wish it were a little stronger and spicier and had more carbonation lingering after the Head, but it’s still a solid brew, not a Seal, but solid. It was a shame that I didn’t have time to get a meal there, as I’m sure their food would also be on point. My biggest complaint is that their sign is a rusty metal letters against a red brick building, so it was difficult to find it while staring right at it. But if you can find it, it’s worth dropping in.

Three and a half kegs





The soda taps, they also make other flavors besides root beer.

The soda taps, they also make other flavors besides root beer.



The Exit Strategy Brewing Company vats. I wonder which one is for the root beer.

The Exit Strategy Brewing Company vats. I wonder which one is for the root beer.


Sep 132017
 

Pint of Rockets Root BeerDay 2 (er 3 kind of) of my road trip saw us leaving Butte with a need for lunch in the future. Billings was the next logical stop and was a necessary one. As you may recall, back in May I was in Billings, and though I got one root beer, my dinner plans that day fell short, and I missed another draft brew by an hour. Rockets Gourmet Wraps and Sodas, on the same block as Montana Brewing Company, closes at 4 everyday. I’d sworn then that if I ever returned to Billings, I’d not miss it. And there I was, driving straight into Billings. The place is really classy with large selection of gourmet wraps. They also make six flavors of soda including their root beer and a huckleberry cream. They kept trying to give me a small sample but I demanded they wait until I was good and ready to review, and get mine and my families food ordered.

The Body has a strong wintergreen and vanilla flavor which completely dominates the drinking experience. It’s not a bad flavor though. The Bite is strong as well from all of that wintergreen, kind of sharp on the tongue. The Head is short, but present, though it doesn’t last long. The Aftertaste is bitter from all of the wintergreen.

So, lots of wintergreen and vanilla. Kind of like that Wooley Bugger Root Beer which is brewed also in the same town. Not really my thing but not bad. It goes with those tasty wraps they have. I got a Bayou wrap which was delicious and spicy. I also had to try their huckleberry cream soda and that was great too. So this place is worth a visit if you’re in town, or driving through it.

Three kegs




My Cajun wrap. Basically red beans and rice in a wrap. Spicy and yummy!

My Bayou wrap. Basically red beans and rice in a wrap. Spicy and yummy!


Sep 062017
 

Tamarack Brewing Company Training Wheels Root Beer PintLast week all of my preparations were complete for the big move, so my family and I hit the road on our epic road trip to Minnesota. In addition to the many road side attractions like Little Bighorn Battlefield and Mount Rushmore, I was determined to find some new brews. The first stop was Radio Brewing Company in Idaho, who, according to their online menu, had a house root beer and huckleberry soda. But it was all lies when we showed up. They stopped making their own root beer awhile ago. That’s what I get for not calling. So I determined to find another root beer, knowing that I’d passed at least one in Spokane. I found the Tamarack Brewing Company in Missoula which was just about when we’d need to eat dinner. They call their root beer Training Wheels because I assume they think it’s working up to something harder, rather than the best reason to visit the place. Across the street from the brewery is the carousel, which my children demanded to go on. I managed to get the brass ring and get a free ride! Then it was off to dinner and my work, root beer!

The Body is rich and creamy with standard flavor and some nice vanilla. There’s a slight fruity tinge that detracts but not much. The Bite is very mild and smooth, I wish it had more spice. The Head is very short but it is there and it doesn’t fizz away instantly. The Aftertaste is a creamy vanilla.

This stuff is pretty good, but just not quite there in several categories. It’s fine enough with their delicious food, and with outdoor seating, a fun place to kick back for a cold one after the carousel on a summer’s evening. The first day of my trip turned out well.

Three and a half kegs




My dinner of some delicious barbecue pulled pork and brisket sandwich with  coleslaw on it. Yum!

My dinner of some delicious barbecue pulled pork and brisket sandwich with coleslaw on it. Yum!

A look back to the kegs they tap into for the bar.

A look back to the kegs they tap into for the bar.