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
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
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
Dougie Dog "The Modern 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
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.
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
I wouldn't mind trying this fresh, but the bottled version was unremarkable.
Frostie Vanilla Root Beer
Frostie Root Beer LLC
Detroit, Michigan 48234
Pleasant, mild, unremarkable.
Gale's Root Beer
Gale's Bread and Butter, Inc
Riverwoods, IL 60015
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
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).