Feb 122020

For nearly the past 10 years, I’ve reliably provided a weekly Wednesday post, mostly root beer reviews, but starting last year, other root beer related things. However, lately there’s been way too much going on in work and at home and trying to start a YouTube Channel and many many other things and I need to take a step back for a bit so I don’t suffer a burn out. What does that mean? Well, I’m still going to have a new, bottle root beer review on the first Wednesday of every month, but in between things are going be be a bit sparser for the foreseeable future.

I still plan to write root beer related posts as well as root beer reviews of the draft and stand variety that have often graced this blog, but I really need to eliminate some of my deadlines in life so I can enjoy it, and my root beer, a little bit more. I’ll get back to regular weekly posting at some point, fear not. But until some of these things get sorted out a bit more. I need sabbatical as it were. Signing off for a bit, but see you soon.

Jan 012019

So, it’s been eight years since I started this blog as part of my site, giving a weekly review every Wednesday. It’s been quite a journey and my devotion to root beer couldn’t be stronger, but, unfortunately, I’m faced with the reality that there just aren’t 52 new types of bottled root beers being made a year, and I’ve found just about all that there are to be had. Those I’m still searching for won’t be able to keep up with the inexorable march of time. And while I had an unprecedented year of travel in 2018, and hope to continue the pace in 2019, I’m not going to find enough new breweries and root beer stands to keep pace. I’m sorry, the weekly root beer review, cannot continue. A weekly post, however, can. I won’t lower my standards and drink from cans and plastic bottles, neither will I review sarsaparillas, birch beers, and the like, but there are a lot of root beer things out there. There’s songs, books, movies, and root beer flavored food, like candies, cookies, and ice cream. And I’m going to start exploring these, for the love of root beer, and share that exploration with you all.

So here’s how it’s going to go down:

  • The first Wednesday of every month will be a standard root beer review as we’ve come to know and love.
  • Every other Wednesday will be a post about something root beer related. A kind of review about the product and how I feel about it.

Obviously with such a diverse range of things I won’t be giving keg ratings, but I will give either a recommend or a skip sort of review, to let you know if whatever it is captures the spirit and flavor of root beer properly. I’ll also be augmenting these posts with some more of my homebrew adventures, having received as a Christmas presents the means to properly carbonate my brews (more on that in later posts).

I hope this works out and everyone likes this new direction. Please let me know in the comments if you got any other ideas or general feedback on my idea. Sorry again I can’t just keep doing weekly reviews, but the brews just aren’t there. So here’s to the next stage of The Gourmet Root Beer Blog!

Feb 232012

I have recently embarked on a new gourmet root beer quest, to catalog every ingredient that has been placed in gourmet root beer. The ingredients will come directly from the bottles until I get to the bottom of every single last “natural flavor” and additive. I’ll be categorizing them as Roots, Other Flavorings, Spices, Sweeteners, or Additives. Since a large focus on this will be to root (pun intended) out the different roots and ingredients, I have registered rootbeerroot.com to specially link to the page. I hope someday that this will become the world’s most complete list of root beer ingredients. It’s in its infancy right now, but I’ll be updating it regularly with the rest of the site.