Dec 312014

A bottle of Journey Shenandoah Sassafras Root BeerSeveral months after I started reviewing root beers my friends and I drove from our tiny town to Seattle to watch our beloved Mariners lose a baseball game. I’m not sure if they actually lost, but statistically speaking, if I was at the game, they probably did. Outside of the ballpark was a mini-mart with several new root beer varieties including this one. The name is rather perplexing. Saying Sassafras Root Beer is like saying beef hamburgers or pork bacon, while true, it’s not generally something you have to mention. “Oh, our root beer is sassafras flavored …” well they’re ALL supposed to be sassafras flavored. I am also not sure where the Shenandoah comes from. The only other time I’ve seen that word is in Choir singing some song about being bound away across the wide Missouri, and this stuff is from Vermont so, yeah confusion abounds.

The Body is weird, the Head is weak, the Aftertaste made me almost vomit, and the Bite has nothing notable.

Oh this is awful. I’m sorry that I wasn’t more descriptive of the awfulness back then but know this, it literally made me sick to my stomach. And not literally in the figurative sense that gets thrown around the internet these days, but I actually felt quite ill after partaking in this … swill. It does have a very pretty bottle though. Some mountain distillery with lots of greenery and an owl and some slick fanning diagonal text and a nifty upside down question mark logo. Yup, this is the literal definition of a 1 Keg brew. See how it rates against other root beers.

One out of five root beer kegs