Oct 242012

Another root beer sent my way by that Sage of Sassafras, anthony. This one hails from New York and can only be found at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant. There are five of said restaurants in New York and one in Boca Rotan, FL. No doubt to serve to all of the rich snowbirds that winter down there. Why give up your delicious kosher deli just because your over a thousand miles away from New York after all. The label is rather plain with the flavor text “More Than Just Your Neighborhood Kosher Deli”. I’m not sure why every word needed the first letter capitalized but I wholeheartedly agree with the statement, if for no other reason than my neighborhood kosher deli doesn’t have their own brand of bottled root beer, or even exists for that matter (Wait there is a kosher deli in my neighborhood, Blazin’ Bagels, still no root beer though).

It has a sweet generic tasting Body that isn’t quite full. There is a slight vanilla hint to it that is sort of a candy vanilla flavor, like a vanilla tootsie roll. Maybe they use artificial vanilla. It is really smooth without much Bite at all. There’s a bit of a fizz to it but that’s all. The Head is a modest height and fizzes down quickly. The Aftertaste is more of that candy vanilla flavor.

Overall it’s kind of refreshing and pretty generic. Nothing bad, but overall, just ok. I’m not sure what’s old fashioned about this though. I can imagine the lighter flavor would go better with certain sandwiches at the deli or something, but probably not a whole lot of effort went into it’s creation. Just some off-the-shelf extract, chuck in some vanillin and call it a day. So while they do offer their own root beer to distinguish themselves from other neighborhood kosher delis, it’s not a root beer worth its own dedicated trip. See how it rates against other root beers.