Monday, July 30, 2007

Natural Brew Draft Root Beer: The Tree Huggin' Companion

I found Natural Brew Draft Root Beer at the local Price Cutter grocery store and it is by far the most complex brew we have evaluate thus far. The taste is packed full of more distinct flavors than what you might find at a Natural Food Organic Buffet Restaurant (which would be interesting in it's own respect). Virgil's Root Beer also claims all natural ingredients, but let me tell you there is a huge difference. Natural Brew chooses ingredients only true tree huggin' enthusiasts can appreciate. Having been raised for some of my childhood in the state of Maine (a place where natural food is very typical) I am able to truly appreciate the uniqueness of this particular brew. But the real question is how it stands against the standard.

This brew was similar to the standard in spritz aroma and color, the head however was something most refreshing. The foam was very similar in thickness and depth to that of our standard but the color.....the color was eye opening, it was actually white, pure white, not a hint of brown in it. I am not sure why this was but I liked it! White foam is so cool, after all we usually think of foam as being white but in reality it hardly ever is. Not the case with Natural Brew, it was as white as the clouds in the sky.

The flavor, as mentioned above, caught me off guard. I am not sure what it was, maybe the licorice, but it hit me hard. I never would have expected that in a root beer, but there it was. At first I thought it didn't belong but after a few swigs the flavor became very enticing. It reminded me of the Maine brew, Moxie, which is actually repulsive at first but after about the fourth drink you are in soft drink heaven. The flavor was the most unique root beer flavor I have ever tasted and I emphasize that it was root beer flavor, some how they still pulled it off. But I agree with Jeff in that this is not a brew for everyone, try Moxie first, if you like that check out Natural Brew.

To conclude my evaluation I want to comment on the glass amber bottle that this brew is packaged in, the logo carries you away to a rocky mountain stream deep in the thick woods of some northern state of our fine country. I am not sure that this will be the experience you will have when you pop the top of this brew but it was an interesting way for them to market the stuff. It was a cool logo all the same.

In the end, with all things considered, and emphasizing that this brew may not be for you, I award Natural Brew Draft Root Beer with -4 Frosty Mugs. If you have a natural flavor I am sure you will agree, if you do not have a tolerance for natures way than stay away from this bottle or you will not be a happy camper!


1 comment:

Joe said...

Hi, I'm a friend of Mike's in Ohio.

I was inspired to try the Natural Brew after talking to Mike. I agree with your review, it defies the root beer label while still working within that tradition. I loved it. I can imagine someone not liking it, but that person would probably be lacking in imagination.

And I like your website.