Aug 162017
 

IronRabbit_bigSo 2 weeks ago, while we were at the Powerhouse Brewery, my lovely wife suggested that we drive the extra 40 minutes south to hit up the Iron Rabbit restaurant to try their root beer. I had originally planned only to do Powerhouse because as much as I wanted to try all the root beer, I didn’t want to have my family stuck on such a long drive. But, she said, no regrets. With that encouragement, we were off to Olympia! The Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar is a very classy, yet casual, family friendly restaurant with a diverse menu featuring local flavors. They aren’t a brewery but they make their own house root beer, which is pretty unique. They are also very rabbit themed for undisclosed reasons, and there are bunny decorations all throughout the restaurant. The kids’ menu even has an activity to count the rabbits. I found 15.

The Body is rich with sassafras and honey dominating. The honey is a nice spicy honey which adds to a wonderful Bite. The Head is non-existent, however, even when poured from height, it doesn’t build or stay. The Aftertaste is more of that amazing honey.

Wow, so yummy! That honey is very nice. They said it’s a locally produced honey. I’d give this a Seal if it had any Head at all, but sadly it doesn’t. I even went back to the tap and had them pour with the glass several inches below, so the brew fell quite a distance to the bottom, yet no head would build. What a shame. But also, what a flavor. Give this even the smallest of Heads and it’d be a 4, give it a nice tall frothy one and a 4.5. The food there is amazing as well. We had their Drunken Sailor, a seafood stew with a rum sauce and the curry fish and chips and both were amazing. This place is definitely worth visiting.

Three and a half kegs




The Drunken Sailor seafood stew and the curry fish and chips. Paired with their delicious root beer is worth the drive.

The Drunken Sailor seafood stew and the curry fish and chips. Paired with their delicious root beer is worth the drive.

The taps including the root beer at the far right.

The taps including the root beer at the far right.


Aug 092017
 

Pint of Powerhouse Brewery Root BeerAs some of you may know, I’m moving soon. That’s right, I’m turning my back on this Evergreen home of mine and heading back East-ish to the land of 10,000 lakes. Also the land of pretty freaking sweet brewery root beers. So before I embark I needed to hit up the last few breweries in this area lest I be consumed by root beer regret for the rest of my days. And thus last Saturday, after much laziness and indecisiveness, I piled the family in the car and off we went on the 50 minute drive south to Puyallup to the Powerhouse Brewery. This has been the one I’ve wanted to try the most around here. It’s built in an old Puget Power brick substation and is decorated with insulators and other power systems equipment. This is essentially the perfect place for a power engineer/root beer reviewer (of which there are not many I’m sure). So how is this perfect for me brew?

The Body is sweet with a fruity tinge, accented by a some vanilla and a little dark licorice. It’s rather bland though. The Bite is pretty mild and lacking in both spice and carbonation. There isn’t much Head either. The Aftertaste is faint licorice but it isn’t strong.

Oh what a shame! It’s bland and fruity-ish and altogether not something I’d like to go and drink on a regular basis or ever for that matter. I get that a lot around here, unfortunately. I ordered some wings to go with the root beer and they were pretty good. The place is worth a visit for sure, but not for the root beer.

2 out of 5 root beer kegs




The Powerhouse Brewery.

The Powerhouse Brewery.

Some of the inside decor.

Some of the inside decor.

More of the decor.

More of the decor.

A cool display with old power engineering books.

A cool display with old power engineering books.

A cool Jacob's ladder that would turn on periodically.

A cool Jacob’s ladder that would turn on periodically.

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.