Feb 282015

Myers Avenue Red Root Beer BottleMy dad found this one in his internet searches for new root beers the year after I got back from my mission. He thought it was the coolest concept, a red root beer, so he had to try it. The red is from the cinnamon which was something else that got him excited. Myers is a root beer with a storied past. Supposedly in 1893 the original maker of the soda invented the root beer float, inspired by the snow on top of the black Cow Mountain which reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He called it a black cow, after the mountain. Interestingly, I’ve never actually had a root beer float with a Myers before. My dad loved this root beer above all others and always kept a store of it. I awarded it the Seal of Approval. Then one day, the stuff I got for him was, different, much different. I thought it was a bad batch, but we noticed that the ingredients and nutritional info were different. We got more and it still tasted rancid. I talked to the people at The Root Beer Store and they too, noticed the difference. They even called the company who swear it’s the same, despite the ingredients difference. I gave them some time, to sort it all out, and then bought two bottles to do what needed to be done.

The Body is overpoweringly fruity and sour. There’s a little hint of cinnamon in there but it’s not a spicy cinnamon, more just the flavor so it doesn’t really mix with the fruity sour at all. The Bite is very sour and acidic. The Head is super tall, as it used to be, rivaling the other top root beer Heads. The Aftertaste is more fruity with a little cinnamon and the slightest hint of vanilla.

What have you done Myers? What have you done? I’ve never seen a brew fall so far or so hard. How can you even pretend that this is the same? It’s an insult to anyone who ever drank it. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I know that a root beer float with this would also taste nasty. You’ve betrayed us all. Now you are fallen. See how it rates against other root beers.

1.5 out of 5 kegs

Nov 022011

I always appreciate puns. I do. I was the ‘pun’isher at my high school. So it was a great delight to see Gale’s root beer have a little girl (obviously Gale) bending against a blowing wind (gale). There is also a little dog (once again) and the phrase “Oh Rootie” From the story on the bottle Rootie is the name of the dog. Though I am loathe to read ingredients before I try my first bottle, I couldn’t help but notice that it said “Cinnamon Ginger Vanilla Flavored” Now this really got my hopes up for a gingery Myers Avenue Red type thing.

The Body came in a little weak on the initial contact and then ‘Ack!’ Attack of the ginger and cinnamon. It is actually hard to taste anything due to the immense ginger, cinnamon Bite. So much ginger and cinnamon, it bites like a feeding frenzy of great white sharks. It’s the first time my tongue was burning from the spices (at least for a root beer). Way too much! The Head is pretty tall but quickly fizzes down. The last centimeter of it does make a decent last stand. The Aftertaste is ginger, cinnamon and vanilla that is pretty good, but my tongue was still smarting from the Bite.

“Oh Rootie” did you knock all of Gale’s cinnamon and ginger powder into the root beer? How could you? Or maybe she was going for a gale force blast of cinnamon and ginger burn. I don’t know. But basically, if you want a root beer with the most epic Bite, here it is. Other than that, I can’t find much reason to drink this again. See how it rates against other root beers.