Jan 132016

Pirate's Keg Root Beer Bottle I was in the Mystic Land of the North with my good friend to see an Arrogant Worms concert. If you’ve never heard of them, they are the greatest Canadian comedy folk band there is. They are probably also one of the only Canadian comedy folk bands there is, but still. While up there I discovered this jolly pirate themed brew. I say jolly because there’s a jolly pirate on the back, but you can’t see that in the picture, only the ship and map and kegs and what not. Really, he’s a cool happy pirate man. And just for you, if you click right here you can see him. You’ll also notice the whole obligatory “racinette” for the French Canadians. I actually really love everything about this label. It is one of my favorite pirate themed labels out there. Anyhow, I bought several bottles and then hauled them back to the States to give them a proper review.

This root beer has an okay Body a weak Bite and the Head is nothing special. The Aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

Talk about a disappointment. With such a cool label, I was really hoping that this could be one of the best root beers of all time. Then I could be all like “arrr, I be getting’ to me Pirate’s Keg for a fine brew matey” and make every day Talk like a Pirate Day. Alas, it’s not to be. It’s not even a root beer I’d want to drink again. And as the years have gone by, everyone else seems to feel the same way and the company has gone the way of the tall ship pirate. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs

Jan 072015

A Bottle of Captain Jack's Root Beer Soda Argh! Another pirate themed root beer. I’d venture that the pirate theme is the second most popular root beer theme (with dog being the first unfortunately). This is brewed by the Drunk Monkey Brew Werks whose inability to spell ‘works’ properly could be from either the drunkenness or the monkey-ness. I’m not sure. Either way the fine Captain Jack has such a meticulously crafted elaborate website that all will be forgotten. The identity and back story of Captain Jack is unknown, though maybe they were going for Jack Sparrow but didn’t want to infringe on copyright or something. Or perhaps they’re going for Jack Black when he was still alive. Their stated goal is to create eco-sensitive products and locally source materials, the irony of my then having it shipped across the country from Pennsylvania is not lost on me.

The Body is sort of rich and sort of dark. There’s some wintergreen and the slightest bit of honey but not much. There’s a tad bit of Bite but not a lot. It isn’t really very smooth though. The Head is medium in height and frothiness. It lingers but not as long as I prefer. The Aftertaste is some wintergreen.

This stuff is pretty good. I wish the honey had a stronger presence though. The second bottle I had was noticeably better than the first but still within the whole range of what I was thinking. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Sep 032014

Slaughter County Brewing Company Root Beer Seal of ApprovalThis past Friday my parents were visiting for the Labor Day weekend. I decided that we should all take a ferry ride to Bremerton because it is an awesome ride. The question arose of what to do when we got there and well, I figured we’d go and get some root beer and have lunch. I decided to check if there was any new place that I’d missed and the lovely Google Maps showed Slaughter County Brewing Company in Port Orchard. I called them and asked if they made their own root beer and they said that they did. Therefore, that’s where we went for lunch. The whole place is very pirate themed, with skulls and skeletons and cannons and ships and whatnot. It’s got personality like few places ever do. They run on a skeleton crew, so you order at the bar and then they bring it up to you. We got six root beers, one for each of us, and then I got to reviewing.

The Body is darker with prominent anise and wintergreen flavors with spice. The anise isn’t too strong though and there’s also some caramel hints. The Bite is nice. There’s good amount of cloves and a nice carbonation level. The Head is nice and tall and lingers; not the longest, but it’s quite nice. The Aftertaste, surprisingly, is a creamy vanilla with a caramel finish.

Yum! I’m quite surprised by this one, at the first drink I thought it was just going to be an above average dark and spicy brew, but then that Aftertaste completely changes it up as though it were a creamy caramel type. I like it a lot. It’s got my favorite aspects of both genres of brew. Add in a nice Head to seal (pun intended) the deal and I’m proud to give this one a solid 4 kegs. The food there is pretty yummy too. I had the Musket Balls (meat balls) topped with The Seven Deadly Seasonings and absolutely loved them. I also got some wings and other family members had pizzas or sandwiches. We were all quite satisfied. We even got a growler of root beer to take back with us. A root beer this good and unique you don’t run into every day after all.

4 kegs

My lunch of Buffalo Wings and Musket Balls with the Seven Deadly Seasonings. So good. Plus some pizza and my Dad's Cuban Sandwich.

My lunch of Buffalo Wings and Musket Balls with the Seven Deadly Seasonings. So good. Plus some pizza and my Dad’s Cuban Sandwich.

The brewery in the back of the restaurant.

The brewery in the back of the restaurant.

Right inside the door. Also the dart boards.

Right inside the door. Also the dart boards.

The bar. Notice the pirate stuff everywhere.

The bar. Notice the pirate stuff everywhere.