I haven't written about root beer for a long time. Here is a little catch up post. Root beers courtesy my friend Rus.

Today's assessment gauge: How much do I like it? Would I recommend this to a friend?

To ask "What is it about this root beer that makes it better?" is the wrong line of questioning—it misses the forest for the trees. The gestalt is real.

Red Arrow Root Beer

Orca Beverage Soda Works
Mukilteo, WA 98275
www.orcabeverage.com 425-349-5655

Red Arrow Root Beer

Great root beer flavor. I'd drink this all the time and buy it for my friend.

Route 66 Root Beer

Route 66 Sodas, LLC
Lebanon, MO 65536-0766
www.route66sodas.com

Route 66 root beer bottle cap

Some may say "subtle," but this is a clearly a weaker flavored root beer. I would not buy this for a friend.

River City Root Beer

Blue Dog Beverage, LLC
Sacramento, CA
www.bluedogbeverage.com

River City Root Beer

Average. Forgetable.

Dougie Dog "The Modern Dog" Butterscotch Root Beer

www.dougiedogrootbeer.com

Dougie Dog Butterscotch Root Beer

This is a delicious take on root beer. Love it.

Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer

Imperial Flavors Beverage Company, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
www.dangthatsgood.com

Dang! That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer

This one lives up to its name—thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to drinking it again.

Berghoff Old Fashioned Root Beer Draft Style

The Berghoff Restaurant Co.
Chicago, IL 60603

The Berghoff Brewery Inc.
Monroe, WI

Berghoff Root Beer

I like it a little better than average. It has a mildly distinctive flavor which I couldn't put my finger on.

Fitz's Premium Root Beer

Fitz's Bottling Co.
6605 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63130
314-726-9555
fitzsrootbeer.com

Fitz's Premium Root Beer

I wouldn't mind trying this fresh, but the bottled version was unremarkable.

Frostie Vanilla Root Beer

Frostie Root Beer LLC
Detroit, Michigan 48234

Frostie Vanilla Root Beer

Pleasant, mild, unremarkable.

Gale's Root Beer

Gale's Bread and Butter, Inc
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Gale's Root Beer

A dark and unique brew; reminiscent of Bundaberg's Root Beer offering. Not for traditional tastes. I'd love to have this again.

Brigham's Brew Root Beer

Wasatch Brewery

Reading the list of ingredients gives you a good, happy feeling that this is going to be a superior root beer. Ignore that feeling. This is flavored like a boutique root beer. It's good but it's definitely not great (or worthy of Brother Brigham).