Apr 132016

Dad's Root Beer BottleAnother iconic brand that is seldom found it glass bottles though commonly found in cans and plastic two-liter bottles. This was one that I had enjoyed as better than the average back in my pre-connoisseur days during the occasional pizza night or barbecue. And by average I mean Cragmont, the precursor to Safeway Select which was the precursor to whatever they have now, Refreshe or something like that. Who cares, they don’t properly bottle it. Anyways. I was traveling up in the Mystic Land of the North on a quest to see The Arrogant Worms, the same quest in which I found the Pirate’s Keg Root Beer. I can’t remember the store where I found this, probably a gas station, but I do remember finding it there. It is the exact same as in the US except with the Racinette on the label. I got three bottles and waited until I had returned to give it a proper review.

This is alright. The Body is good. The Bite is a little harsh for me, I like it smooth. The Head is nothing special. The Aftertaste is not displeasing.

So as we’ve covered before, I was a little, shall we say, less than descriptive in my earlier writings. Whereas before I had thought of it as above average, I’d say it is only an average gourmet root beer, though my standards are much higher than they had been when I quaffed Cragmont “Brown” from the can. It’s still good enough for those pizza parties if you get it in glass. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

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