Dec 242016

A pint of Geaux Brewing Root Beer So my good buddy from the Root Beer Trackers decided he was going to take a holiday root beer road trip to my neck of the woods. In preparation he called 260+ breweries throughout the state to see if they had root beer. Now that’s devotion, and also really ambitious. I told him if he found a new one for me one close by that I’d meet him there and we could try it together. And he found Geaux Brewing. Just 15 minutes south of me in Bellevue! It’s a new brewery, only opening three years ago, after I’d made a thorough sweep of the area, so it was an excusable oversight on my part. The Brewery itself is very small and is an island of devotion to the New Orleans Saints. In Seahawks territory. That’s a bold move, and also why it’s called Geaux as in ‘Geaux Saints’ which I understand is all trying be look French and all, but because I actually speak French, I find kind of annoying. But the people there were all very friendly and they even have their own canning machine to sell you 24 ounce cans because they don’t do growlers for some reason. It was extra cool to meet another reviewer and share a pint, but the root beer itself, well…

The Body is light and not very sweet. There’s a little wintergreen in there and some standard root beer flavors. The Bite is very mild, almost no spices at all. The Head is completely non-existent, which is very depressing. The Aftertaste is light wintergreen that finishes a tad sour.

So, yeah, um, not really very good. I mean, it’s not horrible or gag inducing but definitely not something I’d ever go drink again. Which I guess is good as I won’t have to awkwardly go into an enclave of Saints fans on game day I suppose. Oh well, as I told the Tracker, it’s the bad root beers that help us truly appreciate the good ones.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs

Geaux Brewing Tap Room

The inside of the tap room with some of its Saints paraphernalia.

Geaux Brewing Taps

The taps and the canning machine.

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

Dec 142016

Sprecher Honey Root Beer Bottle My 300th root beer review! For such a special moment I had to pick a special brew and this one is special indeed. Sprecher Honey Root Beer is a limited edition celebratory soda made in honor of Sprecher Brewing Company’s 30th year. They did a limited production run of only 3000 cases. So it was the natural pick for my 300th, to complete the trifecta of 3 times increasingly larger powers of 10. Also this brau is sweetened with only raw honey. Which is a bold move as too much honey can be dangerous. Yet, I love honey and I love Sprecher, so this should be good. I love the honey themed label, with the demonic raven thingy now clutching a hive. It also says “Craft Soda”. While I prefer to go with the label of gourmet root beer, craft soda/root beer is an appropriate label as well. I’ll write more about those distinctions another day, because the Sprecher is waiting.

The Body is light on standard root beer flavors and very heavy on the honey, being the only sweetener. It’s sort of a fruity raw honey which overpowers the rest of the flavors. The Bite is a light honey bite on the back of your throat. If you’ve ever eaten a spoonful of raw honey, you know what I mean. The carbonation is severely lacking, sadly, which makes the brew even heavier. The Head is pitiful, just pitiful, which is very disappointing. The Aftertaste is more raw honey, some fruity raw honey.

I do love me some honey, but this was too much honey and not enough of the other wonderful flavors that Sprecher has. The low carbonation really killed it for me as well, not only was there no Head, but it was too thick and syrupy without all of those bubbles in it. What a shame. At least it will not be missed after those 3000 cases are gone. See how rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs