Feb 212018

Growler of Heathen Brewing Root BeerHeathen Brewing is a small craft brewery in Vancouver, WA, just across the river from Portland. The brewery says they are “created from the soul of home brewing” I’m not sure what the soul of home brewing is, and why that’s preferable over the soul of craft brewing, but either way, they want to free themselves and all of us from the corporate stronghold on the beer/soda industry. Just like everybody else it seems. More root beers for me to try. Interestingly, though I’d driven past it on several occasions, I didn’t actually know it was there. But it just started in 2014 so I’m to be excused again. Plus the last time I was down there I did get a new brew so it’s not like I’ve been slacking. Anyways, that wonderful Root Beer Tracker grabbed me this growler as he swung through the state about a year ago, so I didn’t have to go down there.

The Body is very minty and kind of bitter but with a decent amount of vanilla. The Bite is mild and kind of smooth, expected more spice. The Aftertaste is vanilla and wintergreen, which is pretty nice.

This is okay, but a little too bitter and mild and not enough sweet. The Aftertaste saved it though, so I think it’d be worth drinking with some food. It also had an amazing Head, but I don’t rate Head on growler brews because it’s too hard to maintain consistency. So yeah, drinkable stuff.

Three kegs

Dec 212016

Dunsmuir Brewery Works Root Beer Growler Another growler review, finally! I can hear you all saying that. Yes, I know, I’ve neglected getting growlers because it’s much more fun to just buy it on tap, but with an estimated 2,000 different breweries that make root beer across this great land of ours (my estimate, not even counting Canadia), unless I suddenly win a lottery that I haven’t entered, or have some rich relative who I am not aware I have die and bequeath me a fortune, traveling all over the place getting to them is just not gonna happen. Maybe I could start a GoFundMe … you’d all send me money so I can travel around right? Right? Yeah right. So I’ll have to start trading for growlers. Thankfully I have friends in many places, like The Root Beer Trackers who hit up a lot of different places, like the Dunsmuir Brewery Works in Dunsmuir, CA. The irony is that I actually drove past Dunsmuir this past summer on my my amazing Tesla Gigafactory Root Beer Road Trip, but I didn’t check if there was anything there. I’m pretty sure my friends were getting tired of stopping though, so it’s probably for the best. This brewery is a newer one, only opening in 2009 in a town of less than 2,000 people. So massive props for making a root beer as well.

The Body is not very sweet and despite a nice initial contact, is rather empty and bitter. There is a lot of wintergreen and clove in there. The clove adds to the Bite, which is solid and spicy and wonderful. The Aftertaste, however, is bitter and empty.

I don’t really like this at all. I wish I did, but after the initial wonderful Bite, this brew falls flat on its face by being bitter and empty. Good thing I didn’t get my Tesla caravan to stop for it, they wouldn’t have been happy.

2 out of 5 root beer kegs

Mar 022016

Growler of Sonoran Root BeerSeal of Approval Another growler review! It’s been so long I bet you thought I didn’t do those anymore. Well I do. I just haven’t had anyone get me brews from in a growler. Draft is more fun if you can get it. Sonoran has been on my radar for a long while, but then they stopped bottling for some reason. Some root beer friends of mine had promised to send me some with a trade but held off for a long time, hoping that it would return to its bottled glory. Over a year passed, and it never returned. So they filled this growler for me and sent it my way. I was worried, because they waited a week to send it. I’d never had a growler older than four days before. Would it would be flat and ruined? Would it taste stale? What’s the fresh life on a growler anyhow?

The Body is sweet and spicy and caramely with some vanilla. There’s something a little off about it though. It’s got a good Bite as well, nice and spicy and even some carbonation despite being from a growler. I don’t rate the Head from a growler, but my first glass still had a decent one. I’m impressed. The Aftertaste is more caramel and vanilla, with a hint of wintergreen. There’s a little something funny that pops up, it may just be that it’s old brew, but it disappears quickly.

Wow, yum, yummy and not ruined at all by being so old. Two weeks may not be that long after all. It even had the best Head of any growler brew I’ve ever had, even though I don’t give points for that. Silly me for worrying, they knew what they were doing all along. Finally a growler review that I can give a Seal of Approval. I can only imagine how this would be fresh out of the tap. Definitely get it if you can.

4 kegs