Mar 082017

Jason's Deli Root Beer BottleThe other root beer from my trip to San Antonio so long ago. Jason’s Deli is actually found all over the US but nowhere near me. When I was making the trip plans I thought I’d check to see if there was one and sure enough there was, several actually. Thankfully one was right by the airport so it didn’t really cost anything extra to take a taxi there on the way out (I always love it when it works out that way). One hallmark of this is that it’s an all natural root beer, for those of you who care (not me but my wife at least), with no preservatives and pure cane sugar. The label is pretty plain and I’m not sure if that little design is supposed to be the tops of root beer kegs. It doesn’t need to be, it can just be ovals if they want. Taste is what’s really important.

The Body is mild with a different sort of favor. It’s kind of candyish in a red vines type of way with some unknown spice and the slightest vanilla hints. There’s a slight Bite to it, not much; just that mystery spice and some carbonation. The Head is very tall and foamy like a root beer Head should be. The Aftertaste is a little more of that spice and candy, but there’s really not much Aftertaste at all.

This is a pleasant enough drink that would go well with some deli sandwiches, so it works well enough for their business and all. It’s interesting that it has that sort of Red Vines flavor and is in the same, relatively unique bottle as the other Red Vines root beer Towne Club. I searched but could find no official connection between the two root beers. Also the Towne Club is serious Red Vines while this is only slightly. It’s definitely worth a try if you happen to be eating at a Jason’s Deli anyways. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

Mar 062013

Another root beer found recently at The Root Beer Store. This one has a unique bottle shape with a label that doesn’t give me much to write about other than the fact that they refuse to capitalize any letters for reasons unknown. It kind of reminds me of a certain root beer reviewer. Nevertheless, I will not fall for their poor grammar and you can see that I’ve capitalized their name in the title of this post. Other than that, I like the label, unnecessary ‘e’ and all. It seems that this soda is popular in the poorer neighborhoods of Detroit, a.k.a ALL neighborhoods of Detroit, where the company started in the mid 1960s. It is impressive that though their sales declined dramatically in the 1980s, they never quit so this has been around continuously since then.

It has a sweet medium Body where the generic root beer flavor slowly morphs into tasting like Red Vines. It is most curious. There is a little Bite, though it’s hardly worth mentioning. The Head is medium height but fizzes down quickly. The Aftertaste is a light Red Vines flavor.

Huh, Red Vines root beer. I can honestly say that I’ve never encountered that before. I’m not sure if this should be categorized with other candy flavored root beers (the butterscotch ones) or if it’s just a byproduct of their ingredients. Maybe when they were formulating it someone told them that you put licorice in root beer and they went to the store but bought red licorice by mistake and they just went with it. Whatever the reason, it’s actually pretty decent and not too far outside of the “normal” root beer spectrum. I’d have it again, occasionally. See how it rates against other root beers.