Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Faygo Draft Style Root Beer: Not Bad.

Is Faygo and A&W the same brew???? Almost.

This evaluation was a little skewed for me. You see, I am in the process of moving and I am currently staying in my empty apartment - nothing was in it except this Faygo. So I didn't get the opportunity to make the traditional pour into a frosty mug; so I can't comment on the pour and the head after the pour.

Absolutely no head formed when I opened the bottle, which can form on some brews that are over carbonated (A&W does this often). I must agree with Adam, the color through the bottle did remind me of the standard as did the distinct root beer aroma. I do believe Faygo has a little "harder" flavor than the crisp airiness of A&W. My wife says Faygo lacks the creamy taste of other brews. That may be, but I am not 100% sure. Something about the flavor didn't play my taste buds like an A&W.

Overall, Faygo is a good brew, but I would still pick up an A&W if I had the choice. Faygo's label already displays 2 Frosty Mugs, so I will bump them up a half. 2.5 Frosty Mugs


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Faygo Draft Style Root Beer: A&W's Oldest Brother

I found this root beer in a Kroger grocery store in Ohio. Faygo carries a great number of flavors and by no means are they known for their root beer. This very year the company is celebrating their 100th year in business. So I wish to send out a big mug of CONGRATULATIONS out to them on this momentous occasion. Faygo began way back in 1907, exactly 12 years prior to A&W.

The pop of this top sent out a most familiar and inviting aroma of root beer extract. Familiar in that I could not distinguish it from the A&W I opened immediately afterward. In fact as I poured the brew into my frosty mug it was as if I was seeing double. Faygo was so similar to A&W all the way down to the plastic bottle that if it wasn't for the label I would have sworn I had grabbed two of the same.

The taste was certainly that of the standard, exactly that in fact. The head was the same, the color even the same. In some ways I was a little let down, I like trying new brews, this was no new brew. Since Faygo has been around so much longer than A&W I decided that it's new nickname could be A&W's older brother. You have to wonder where Roy Allen, the creator of A&W, got his recipe back in 1919......... good stuff for sure, I grant this as another standard root beer with 3 Frosty Mugs of course.


Friday, June 8, 2007

The Doors Open to the Rootbeer Cellar

The doors have finally opened and the first brew has been stocked in our official Rootbeer Cellar.

This cellar will be our way of designating those exceptional brews that we come across. Exceptional brews will be indicated by receiving a Frosty Mug rating of at least 4 from both Jeff & Adam. The amount we stock will be indicative of how exceptional we found the brew to be in comparison of other brews in the cellar.

With that we welcome a 1 gallon Party Keg of Virgil's Root Beer to the Rootbeer Cellar.

The Rootbeer Cellar can be located at the very bottom of the left hand column of the Rootbeer Brothers website. So let us get back to stocking the cellar......

Virgil's Root Beer: Possibly a Pearly Gates Brew

Maybe it is the all natural ingredients, or just the cane sugar, I'm not sure, but whatever it is, I can't get enough of it. The bottle of Virgil's indicates that you would swear it was made in Heaven, if there was root beer in Heaven I would be willing to bet that the label would read Virgil's.

To begin with, the pop of this amber bottle delivers a very sweet root beer aroma. The foam is limited and short lived but the color of this brew is noticeably darker than our standard brew. The label displays a burly looking guy (who one would be safe to assume is Virgil) serving up a platter of root beer to a couple of anxiously awaiting kids sitting at a table. Having indulged in Virgil's prior to the establishment of this website I too felt just like those kids, in anxious waiting.

The flavor is smooth, sweet, and yet distinctly root beer. It is hard to describe the flavor of Virgil's, it is best if you go out and pop a bottle yourself.

I thoroughly enjoyed this bottle of brew, I did feel the foam was a bit lacking and I do prefer a more stout brew over a sweet brew, but this was no brew to be taken lightly. Having evaluated a few brews now with Jeff I have found that him and I vary in this respect, he prefers the sweet brew and I the stout brew. But in Virgil's we certainly have found some common ground. Although this not on the top of my list, Virgil's certainly ranks high. I grant this worthy brew 4 Frosty Mugs.

On a side note one aspect of Virgil's that any root beer lover can appreciate is the fact that they sell this brew in a 1 gallon party keg. A gallon of brew, now that's a party to go. Check out their website to learn more

As far as MOXIE goes, Jeff is certainly correct, it ain't no ordinary cola, one day we may need to pay some proper homage to Maine's very own brew.