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.

Feb 052020

Gene Simmons MoneyBag Root Beer Bottle Perhaps it was Rocket Fizz that spurred the creation of this brew. They made Kiss Army Root Beer after all. And that may have made Gene Simmons, one of the founders of Kiss, think to himself, I want some of that sweet soda money pie. And so MoneyBag soda was born? I don’t know. I can’t honestly say I know anything about Gene Simmons, or really Kiss other than the long tongues and makeup and they were referenced in Happy Gilmore and an episode of Scooby Doo where Shaggy wanted to get to a Kiss concert… Yeah um, I’m not the right person to be writing this review. I can do it no justice. Forgive me Kiss fans, I’m not worthy. But anyhow, this root beer was born, it exists, it’s making Gene Simmons lots of MoneyBags, and it happened to show up at a local grocery store so I bought it and drank it.

The Body is minty and creamy with a nice vanilla flavor featuring prominently. There’s also the tiniest hint of licorice and some bitter notes from the wintergreen. The Bite is a little harsh from carbonation but average from spices. The Head is very tall and foamy. It lingers and it basically a prime example of a proper root beer Head. The Aftertaste is a little too bitter, with wintergreen and vanilla in there as well.

It’s a decent brew, but nothing special, and a little too bitter. I wonder if its flavor is some sort of representation of Kiss and their music? I only know one of their songs, really, Rock’n Roll All Night, which I didn’t even know was a Kiss song till I Googled it right as I was writing this paragraph, and so I can’t really say. Oh well, it’s still worth drinking. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Jan 292020

Pennsylvania Dutch Candies Root Beer Flavored Rock Candy Crystal Stick

Pennsylvania Dutch Candies started as a specialty candy store in Mount Holly Spring, PA back in the 60’s. In 1965 it was bought by The Warrell Corporation and began expansion. Today they can be found in all 50 states. One of those states is Minnesota, where my son found these at a local grocery store and got me this (and some other candies) for Christmas because he knew I needed to try it and write about it. How thoughtful. That’s the best sort of Christmas gift, in my opinion. Something useful, needed, and won’t take up space in the house. He nailed it. Anyways, back to the root beer rock candy stick.

The flavor is standard generic minty root beer that isn’t too strong or too weak. It has a more creamy flavor than old fashioned flavor, which I prefer. The texture, should you choose to crunch it, is that strange rock candy crystal texture, which is fun at first but then sort of annoying, unless you like that, then it’s great.

Overall, it’s a pretty solid root beer hard candy. It gives you the flavor you expect without being unpleasant in anyway. It’s also got that strange rock candy crystal texture. What else could you want?