Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fitz's Root Beer - The St. Louis Hometown Brew

Located in the heart of Delmar Boulevard inside what appears to be a very old U.S. Postal building is one of the most tasty root beer gems of Midwest America.

Fitz's Bottling Company is legend in this part of the land and I have wanted to stop in for a long time, the other day we finally found the time. After our tasty visit I am happy to report we were not let down.

As we entered the restaurant/bottling-works I was of course most interested in the bottling process. Lucky for all the customers, the entire bottling works is easily observed from the restaurant. From start to finish the entire process was simply amazing. On this particular day they were bottling Cream Soda which was also most tasty.

The process began with the filler, the bottles were quickly filled with creamy goodness and then moved along to the caper.

The caper quickly snapped and crimped on the cap and then tipped the bottle back and forth to assure that a seal had been made and to mix the contents.



As the capped bottles moved along the fast moving track one bottler was tasked with tase testing the final product to ensure quality.


The "Taster", oh yes there is a guy that pulls some of the first bottles off the line, "pops the top" and slams down some sweet brew and then pours out the rest so he could slam down a few more. All for quality assurance I am sure. Now that is a job after my own heart. The taster certainly seemed to be the happiest worker on the line. That must be the best job at Fitz's.


The finished product is sped off to the final stop of the line were the bottles are placed in boxes, shrinked wrapped and placed on a truck and then they are ready to roll. A fast process indeed, fun and exciting especially for a Rootbeer Brother!

The restaurant had much to offer as well. The food was most unique and very tasty. One is also able to purchase fresh bottled brew ready to roll in convenient 4-packs.

What can I say, a mammoth sized burger, fresh brew in a frosty mug and 4-packs ready to roll..... Fitz's is by far my favorite St. Louis eatery by a long shot.


Check out Fitz's for your self

Monday, November 10, 2008

A&W 2-liter Safe

If you are a root beer connoisseur and also a collector of fine things, now you can protect them in your very own A&W Root Beer safe. That's right, a safe stuffed right inside a 2-liter bottle of the standard. Don't ask me how or why I found this little gem on the web. I guess it is true you can find any thing.

The safe inside the bottle is 3 inches by 2 1/2 inches which is plenty of space to conceal your all of your little important valuables - perhaps, your custom gold bottle opener. The bottle itself is 11 1/2 inches tall. Behind the label is the secret area that will not open up accidentally because it is fitted with a special mechanism that prevents it from being opened unless you rotate the base counterclockwise and pull it apart. Nifty indeed. For more information, check out there website.

-Jeff

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A&W: Approved by the American Dental Association???

I was surfing the net the other day and noticed a particular story written for Time magazine regarding the affects of soda on tooth enamel. David Bjerklie reported on a scientific experiment by the University of Maryland Dental School in which they took tiny blocks of tooth enamel and exposed them to many different sodas. All sodas caused damage to the tooth enamel. Canned iced tea caused 30 times more damage than fresh ice tea. The worst drinks were non-colas such as Mountain Dew. There was no difference between diet and regular sodas. Only one drink caused virtually no harm to the enamel: A&W Root Beer. The researchers concluded it was due to the standard having less additives than the other sodas tested.

To read the full article click here.

-Jeff

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Root Beer Slush

Here is our latest installment of songs dedicated to "The Love of Root Beer". It is an excellent song! We hope you enjoy.

-Jeff

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween from A&W & The Rootbeer Brothers


While walking through my favorite aisle (soft drinks) at our local grocery store I came across a display of tiny six-pack cans of A&W bearing a Halloween theme. Now that is what I call one tasty way to celebrate the Fall season.

The tiny can matched my daughter's tiny mug as if it was meant to be. So while my children and I will be enjoying our tiny cans of brew may we also extend a Happy Halloween from your friends at A&W and The Rootbeer Brothers.

-Adam

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Vance Gilbert: Root Beer for Breakfast


So often my wonderful sweetheart reminds me that my choice of breakfast is "unhealthy". You see my friends it is a typical scene that my refrigerator is packed with various brands and flavors of America's soft drink..... root beer. This may not bee true for many but for a Rootbeer Brother this is everyday life.

In the hustle and bustle of life I am typically about 5 to 10 minutes behind schedule and will often reach for a cold brew on my way out the door in the morning. This has become such a routine for me that my peers have made jokes about my choice of breakfast. However there is one amongst us that has captured my true feelings regarding this issue. The folk musician/song writer Vance Gilbert has always brought his unique style of approaching the ups & downs of life. However, one his songs in particular really capture the life and times of a root beer lover.

click on this link to hear the song "Root Beer for Breakfast" for free courtesy of Rhapsody Root Beer For Breakfast

-Adam

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Blue Sky Root Beer Encore (Organic) : A Brew Mother Nature "Never" Intended



There is a very unfortunate myth in the world of food that "Organic" is better. In some areas I would agree, grains, meat, shoot even milk, however, root beer...... not even!!!! Blue Sky has recently added their encore which seems a bit presumptuous. I have had their Creamy Root Beer and was not repulsed but I haven't bought any more since. So the thought of an encore seems a little out of line. However, considering that this is intended to be an informative evaluation I will start with the good.

The head was thick and long lasting. Very thick compared to the standard but also much darker, like crazy darker. The dark head of course was a direct result of the brew itself. I am always fond of dark brew but this was like Tales from the Dark Side dark. Another words SCARY DARK. What have they got in this can of brew? Well in fact one ingredient I am actually on board with, cane sugar, of course it is organic. So cane sugar, thick head, dark brew..... that is where it ends and turns so drastically bad!

The very aroma of this brew is a bit nauseating. At times the aroma is not a good indicator of what is actually in the can. In this can however it was only the beginning of a very bad trip to Santa Fe and back. That's right we can blame the following on New Mexico.

The taste was so far from what a good brew should be. It would be very difficult in words how to describe my gruelling attempt to compare this organic can of swill to a genuine brew. There was a slight hint of root beer extract but it was overwhelmed by a taste of complete NASTY! The bottom line, I dumped the encore down the drain and used the standard to flush my pallet. If a good brew is what your looking for then make sure your Sky is far from Blue!

- .5 Frosty Mugs (only because we have no lower increment) it was really that bad of a brew!

-Adam

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Public Service Announcement: Brought to you by our good friend Snoopy.

Enjoy.

-Jeff

A&W Root Beer Floats - Snoopy & Woodstock
Uploaded by joecool85








Thursday, October 16, 2008

Blue Sky Root Beer Encore: Encore? No Standing Ovation Here.

Blue Sky Encore is our next installment of our review crusade. I found this organic root beer at my local natural food market, Native Sun. For those of you who do fancy root beer and are somewhat unimpressed by the everyday "syndicated" root beer varieties, local natural food markets normally have some of the more obscure brand root beers. I highly recommend exploring their soda aisles.

Blue Sky Beverage Company is a fully-owned part of Hansen Beverage Company. It was originally established as the Blue Sky Juice Company in 1980 and expanded to include a soda line 1983. Pretty good success story if you ask me ...... BUT

I believe there is good reason that this company is not named the Blue Sky Root Beer Company. To be blunt, this is the worst tasting root beer I have ever sampled. What is really disappointing is that it has such wonderful qualities of a promising root beer. In fact, you may not find another brew as dark and dense as Blue Sky. The aroma is sweet, yet peculiar, and the head is phenomenal. With that being said, the foam is much darker than the pearly white head of A&W's, but is still nice to see.

Here is the problem. Blue Sky is a tongue retching experience. That's right, I said "tongue retching". All of you medical types are saying that may be an impossible concept, but trust me, your taste buds want nothing of this brew. As soon as it touches your tongue you want to release it back into your frosty mug.

The bottom line: Blue Sky Root Beer Encore lacks serious flavor.

0.5 Frosty Mugs


-Jeff

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Root Beer Song

Sit back and enjoy....with a frosty mug. I don't think I can top this performance.

- Jeff

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dad's Old Fashioned Root Beer - An Olde Time Favorite


Dad's Root Beer has been around for the last 70 years. This brew has been making life smoother here in America since 1937 when Chicago Distilled Water & Beverage Company first began bottling the new root beer recipe. Along the way Dad's has been involved in some legendary innovations. The most notable is that it was the first beverage ever to be packaged as a six-pack unit. Dad's gained some recognition in 1986 when it was identified as the second most distributed root beer only second to, our standard, A&W. The brand has been sold on numerous occasions including for a short time being owned by Monarch Foods who also continues to own another distinct beverage called Moxie. Most recently there has been a reemergence of Dad's. The current company has big plans for this brew including flooding Wal-Mart stores with these big bottles of root beer of which is the place where I bought mine.

The brew itself falls in a similar place as the other brews with history behind it. In those days the standard was just that, the standard. I am sure back then it was actually Hires Root Beer which was the original. All the same though that is what other brews were probably based on. Hence, there are many similarities between them.
Dad's proved to have a bit of a sweeter aroma and a much darker color. But the well expected root beer extract aroma was clearly represented. The carbonation was much less than A&W which was not becoming of the brew. It resulted in less head and less bite. I am not a big fan of too much carbonation but too little and the brew begins to remind me of Kool Aide. The logo and label are original, not very creative but not bad for 70 years ago. The flavor does carry much more of a licorice tinge which makes this brew distinct from the standard. All and all not a bad brew to keep around, the price is right and the size is perfect for a day's supply of brew. I grant Dad's the same as the standard

-3 Frosty Mugs

-Adam

Dad's Classic Draft Root Beer - A Special Root Beer

"Any root beer can be Father's brew. It takes a special root beer to be Dad's brew."

Dad's is a decent brew with no frills, but is rich in full-flavored history. Born and bred in Chicago, IL in early 1937, Dad's fanfare has grown steadily ever since. At one time, Dad's was the second most sold root beer. Can you guess what its main competitor was? Yep, the standard - A&W.

Some Fun Facts:
Did you know that Dad's was the first product ever to use a six-pack format? Also, interesting to note is the unique marketing strategy employed by Dad's. It was originally sold in three sizes: a half gallon size - "Papa", a full quart size - "Mama", and the 7oz or 10oz, "Junior" sizes, consisted of six bottle carry-outs.

Dad's color and odor are about on par with that of the standard. Pouring Dad's into my trusty mug proved not to produce very much head at all. In fact, A&W's head had about twice as much foam as Dad's. Dad's does have a rich, dark thick flavor that ends with a creamy caramel aftertaste. The aftertaste was a bit too much.

Dad's is a cane sugar brew, but I don't think it is in the same league as many of the other cane sugar brews out there, most notably, Virgil's.

I give Dad's a respectable 2.5 Frosty Mugs.

-Jeff

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Breyer's makes good with a Standard in Ice Cream

In light of the recent "rant" I am happy to bring something very inspiring. Meyers may not make for the best root beer float in general. In fact back in 1997 I did some empirical investigations into this and found that Meyers actually was one of the least desirable ice cream selections to use. I am happy to report however, that they have finally made good.

Breyer's A&W Root Beer Float Ice Cream

Picture this my friends, creamy vanilla ice cream perfectly swirled with A&W flavored sherbet. Based on my experiences of root beer flavored products, they typically fall far short from the expectation. This was not the case. It actually tasted just like A&W, in fact it tasted so GREAT and so much like an actual float! I was very tempted to let my bowl of ice cream melt just a little bit to achieve the actual texture of a float. I am confident that it would have been perfect.

I found this Breyer's selection at my local Wal*Mart Supercenter. Enjoy it my friends, I know you will.

By the way it is so great having Jeff back! He is the official tech of our brotherhood and so it is he we need to thank for the recent updates to the site. He sure keeps our little website here up to date with the most recent sweet updates. We will be back to evaluating brew very soon.

Welcome Back Jeff, we sure missed you......

-Adam

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Happy Root Beer Float Day - Belated (Big Time)

I have been quite busy the last few months and it looks like the future will not be much different. Hopefully, now that I have some time before the end of the year Adam and I will be able to get back on track and push out some more reviews.

In the meantime, check out this Video Rant I came across regarding last months National Root Beer Float day (August 6). This guy speaks some truths, he may be off on his root beer selection, but he hits the nail on the head with his ice cream critique. I prefer Blue Bell.



-Jeff

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Root Beer BBQ


While visiting Ohio over the Labor Day weekend my great friend, Michael Williams handed me over a bottle of the best sounding BBQ sauce I have ever come across. The label read Sprecher Root Beer BBQ Sauce the first thought that came to my mind was how awesome is this! Root beer and BBQ, it's like having your cake and eating it too!

I could not wait to get a taste of this stuff. The mere thought that a root beer I rated with 4 Frosty Mugs had been mixed with BBQ sauce was simply overwhelming. My anticipation only worsened as I further inspected the label. There it was, the black bird with evil looking eyes holding a pitch fork and a bottle of Sprecher that was being dumped into a massive black cauldron that was sitting on a flaming fire. The possibilities were simply endless, being able to use a root beer bbq sauce as a condiment to make other foods more pleasing than ever.... what a dream.






As I was opening up this bottle of sauce I noticed something that really caught my eye. The pig that is standing next to the crow seems a bit scared. Now that is FUNNY!!!!! Just look at that pig, worried about the Sprecher Black Bird.

After getting a good laugh from the label it was finally time to taste this Root Beer BBQ Sauce. My first impression was that the sauce was a sweet one and some what spicy in a unique way. The fact is the sauce was GREAT!!!!! However I quickly realized something even more important, there was not a drop of Sprecher in this sauce!!! In fact there was not a drop of any root beer in this sauce. My dreams of root beer bbq quickly evaporated, the plain truth was that root beer and bbq sauce should, and in fact is, not found in the same bottle. I am certainly most appreciative to Mr. Williams, but in the end.... all for naught.

-Adam

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Frozen Standard


As we have been experiencing recent heat advisories here in the Midwest one can't help but begin to look for some ice cold relief. I had to look no further than a local pharmacy of all places???? That's right, while waiting for some prescriptions I came across a fantastic find! For a measly $2 one can purchase a box of "Soda Pops" freeze pops. They had many varieties but one specifically caught my eye and my taste buds: A&W of course.
I could hardly wait for the freezer to work its magic. The wait was pretty much worth it. I mean I certainly would take an ice cold can of the brew over an ice pop, but it was still worth the two bucks.
-Adam

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Root Beer Float at Andy's Frozen Custard


As the summer is heating up one might want to find a smooth way to cool down. I have been most fortunate as to have found the smoothest way to do this at a local frozen custard shop. I say local but really these custard peddlers are sprouting up everywhere: Andy's Frozen Custard

These guys not only know how to make the most smooth and delicious custard ever but they have perfected the (at least in my opinion) the root beer float. At this point I should mention that they have Sprecher on tap, oh yes ON TAP. So picture this first they fill a cup 2/3 full of Andy's custard and then drown it in Sprecher (from the TAP) and serve it up with a spoon and straw. Summer has never been sweeter!!!!! So here is the bad side, although these places are sprouting up everywhere what I mean to say is everywhere in the Ozarks. Another words if you want to try it you may have to take a little trip to SW Missouri, you will be glad you did :)
-Adam

Friday, May 2, 2008

Cops Bust Teens' Root-Beer Kegger Party

A fellow root beer enthusiast told me about this story and I just had to share it with everyone. What a classic tale of good brew fun gone bad!

Cops bust teens' root-beer kegger:
Dozens of high schoolers forced to take breath tests


Associated Press
updated 6:26 p.m. CT, Fri., March. 28, 2008

WAUSAU, Wis. - Cars lining the street. A house full of young people. A keg and drinking games inside. Police thought they had an underage boozing party on their hands.
But though they made dozens of teens take breath tests, none tested positive for alcohol. That's because the keg contained root beer.

The party was held by a high school student who wanted to show that teens don't always drink alcohol at their parties. It has gained fame on YouTube.com.

Dustin Zebro, 18, said he staged the party after friends at D.C. Everest High School got suspended from sports because of pictures showing them drinking from red cups.
The root-beer kegger was "to kind of make fun of the school," he said. "They assumed there was beer in the cups. We just wanted to have some root beer in red cups and just make it look like a party, but there actually wasn't any alcohol."

Zebro purchased a quarter-barrel of 1919 Classic American Draft Root Beer, and by 10 p.m. Saturday, the scene outside his rural Wausau home had all the makings of a teen drinking party — cars, noise and kids.

Kronenwetter Police Chief Daniel Joling said an officer was dispatched to the home March 1 on a complaint of cars blocking the road.

Juveniles began coming out of the house after the officer used his squad car's loudspeaker to warn that cars would soon be towed, Officer Jason Rasmussen wrote in his report.

Nearly 90 breath tests were done, and officers even searched locked rooms for hiding teens.
"It was a tremendous waste of time and manpower, but we still had a job to do, and our officers did it," Joling said. "If one kid had come there, even hadn't drank there, but had come there and had been drinking and had left and crashed and burned, then what would the sentiment be? Why didn't the police check everybody out?"

The Video of the Busted Up Root-Beer Kegger Party



-Adam

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Home of "The World's Greatest Hamburgers" also serves up a "Great Root Beer Float"

I wish to extend my best wishes to Jeff as he will be away for a short time caring for some of his employment endeavors. While he is away I plan to bring light to some aspects of the Root Beer World that we are not typically able to focus on due to our diligent efforts in evaluating the brew itself.


This entry will discuss my impressions of a root beer float that I enjoyed in "The Home of the World's Greatest Hamburgers" also known as Fuddruckers.

These hamburger joints are found all around the country. They provide an atmosphere that is not typical of a normal fast food restaurant, simply because they are not a fast food restaurant. In fact the service is great, they make the burgers fresh to order and provide more condiments than one may ever find elsewhere. Now all these amenities do come at price, a steep price when you consider the fact that all they are serving is hamburgers. But for those willing to pay $8 for a decked out burger, this is the place.


My wonderful wife started out our life together working the bakery of a Fuddruckers and since then we have always held a soft spot in our heart for this food chain. We stopped in the other day after many years of not doing so. To my surprise they listed on their menu a root beer float and they laid it on thick describing it as one of the best. In fact they pride themselves in using what they believe is the best ingredients for making a root beer float.


They start off with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and then mix in 2/3 of a bottle of IBC Root Beer. I am a big fan of the Texas based ice cream and IBC, well we all know where I stand on that. I must admit, Blue Bell and IBC make a great combo and with the fact that they bring the remaining IBC in the bottle to your table is a huge plus in my book. I am not sure where this mix would land on a scale with other floats but this is a safe bet, well worth the money.


A big decked-out burger and a root beer float...... the makings of one perfect dinner!


-Adam

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

how I got through finals week: Party Keg of Virgil's


I am happy to say that my graduate school finals are final. This has been my 7th term since arriving in my current program and this has been the most stressful term yet. Welcome to graduate school...... you know what I mean?


My secret to getting through finals this term is of course directly related my experiences here at the Rootbeer Brothers. The bottom line is that it was all about the root beer of course. There are not too many places one can score the 5 liter party keg of Virgil's Root Beer but our local Price Cutter Plus grocery store keeps these bad boys in stock. For a crisp $20 a person can walk in, shoulder this keg, and walk out without even being carded, regardless of your age. That is a sweet deal!


All jokes aside though, this brew has kept me up and alert at some extreme times of these most recent nights. Between having exams to study for as well as a term paper to complete, time was not on my side. The ability to stay awake through the wee small hours of the morning made all the difference. So with that I will embark on my Spring break by extending a big 5 liter thanks to Virgil and sending everyone else a Happy Spring !!!

-Adam

Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Classic A&W Commercial

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Steaz Green Tea Root Beer Soda: The Only Brew I May Ever Decline


I never would have expected to decline any brew. In fact that is why I love root beer, because it flows well with my personal choices regarding my dietary habits. It is due to these very personal dietary choices that I have come at odds with Steaz crazy concoction.
Many years ago I decided, for very personal reasons, to abstain from the use of alcohol, coffee and tea. When I made this choice it was my assumption that there was only 1 kind of what I considered "real" tea which I typically called black tea. You see I do drink herbal teas often and find many benefits from doing so. When I first saw green tea in the store I assumed it too was an herbal tea and went about my way. Oddly enough though I have never come across green tea in any setting where I would have had the opportunity or notion to drink it, until now of course. As I was setting up my root beer evaluation supplies (2 frosty mugs, a bottle of A&W, and a can/bottle of the brew to be evaluated) my wonderful wife noticed the label on this brew said "green tea". She laughed and asked if I intended to actually drink this. When I told her that I did she then began to provide a nut-shell lesson on the reality of tea. Was I ever surprised!
I learned that black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized than the other varieties such as green, oolong and white varieties. All four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas.
Essentially, I quickly realized that there was very little difference between the green and black varieties of tea. So where does this leave me? Of course, at a place where I am going to have to decline my first brew. To be honest though after reading Jeff's entry I may be getting out when the getting is good. I certainly appreciate Jeff's entry and am certainly not trying to push my personal choices on to another. Simply, I am just providing an explanation to why I am declining a brew. For these reasons I am going to mirror Jeff's rating and also grant Steaz Green Tea Root Beer Soda with
2 Frosty Mugs.
-Adam

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Virgil's is on the MOVE

Reed's Inc. made another big announcement regarding one of the better root beers on the market. CEO Christopher Reed, NOT Christopher Reeve (A.K.A Superman), announced that Virgil's will be the first national brand root beer to be introduced as a micro-brewed soda draught.

The first production will be distributed in March 2008 and will be made available initially throughout the New England and Southern California marketplaces in select bars. Don't stop there Mr. Reed! Hit the college towns! Serve it up in the funky pizza joints around campus. For starters, hit the University of Florida's local hotspot, Satchel's Pizza. They have the best pie in town, but sorely lack on a good brew.

Check out the original news wire.

A&W Root Beer Classic Commercial

Was it the taste that made A&W famous, or the really good commercials? Or a little bit of brute strength?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Good News For Rhode Island and Conneticut


Reed’s, Inc. (NASDAQ: REED) announced today that Northeast Beverage Company has agreed to distribute Reed’s product lines throughout Northern Connecticut and Rhode Island. Recall, that Reed's Inc. is the maker of Reed’s Ginger Brews, Virgil’s Root Beer and Cream Sodas, China Colas, Reed’s Ginger Juice Brews, Reed’s Ginger Candies and Reed’s Ginger Ice Creams.
Check out the original business wire.

Northeast Beverage Company is a leading beverage distributor in Northern Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition to being Rhode Island’s exclusive distributor of Coors and Red Bull and Connecticut’s exclusive distributor of Red Bull, Northeast Beverage distributes a portfolio of well recognized beer, new-age beverages and hand crafted soda brands.

Too bad this deal didn't happen back in September when I was up in Rhode Island. Enjoy North easterners, this is a win-win for you and Reeds, Inc!

-Jeff

Friday, March 7, 2008

Another Public Service Announcement from IBC Root Beer

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Steaz Green Tea Root Beer Soda - WHAT????


Ok. So I am at my local grocery store in the regular soda section and low and behold a new bottle is glaring up at me with the words ROOT BEER in white text on a bold green banner. Above the banner where two, count 'em, two frosty mugs with a thick foam head prominently displayed. Above that, the words "Green Tea Soda".....WHAT??? Green Tea? Soda? Root Beer?

Does this add up?

Well, no. No it does not.

Once chilled and the top was popped, a spritz of root beer left the mug followed by a swarm of malodorous tea. A head did form....barely. In fact, the label may be bordering on false advertisement. The foamy head is no where near what is on the label - the label looks more like the standard, A&W. Steaz' Green Tea Root Beer Soda looked more like an open A&W that has been left out....for 3 weeks. The foam was gone by the time the bottle emptied into the mug. The color resembles a good summer time ice cold glass of Lipton Tea: reddish-brown and clear. It tasted like you just got done eating a root beer barrel candy and washed it down with a big gulp of tea. Not a good combination. It carries the bitterness found in most tea products...a bitterness I normally enjoy, but not with my root beer.

Alright...now for some good qualities. I like the fact that they went the extra step to get certified USDA Organic. Strong work Steaz! We need more companies to see the light. Also, the concept of Root Beer Green Tea Soda is rather brilliant! I love the idea! In fact, I am a big fan of tea. I grew up drinking unsweet tea, but now I live in the south [FL] and as they say "when in Rome [GA], do as the Romans do [drink sweet tea]". I also drink green tea on a regular basis, both cold and hot. BUT I am an even bigger fan of root beer and I just have a stricter palate when it comes to a good brew. This does not classify as a good brew. I don't think root beer and tea should be mixed.

2.0 Frosty Mugs

-Jeff

A Public Service Announcement from IBC Root Beer:

Sunday, March 2, 2008

1st Anniversary of The Rootbeer Brothers

It has certainly been a tasteful year here at the Rootbeer Brothers. We have evaluated 14 brews, perfected our logo, started the Rootbeer Cellar and stocked it with 3 brews, began experimenting with making our own brew, changed the format of the site from 2 to 3 column display and added a translate and search option, and almost made it to the Root Beer Festival in Alto Pass, Illinois (plans got changed at the last minute).
Smooth times indeed!
The most impressive accomplishment in our book is that the website obtained 3,890 hits during our first year. Not too shabby for a couple of guys just yapping about some root beer.
So for the year to come, it is our hope that we will evaluate even more brews this year, throw in some more root beer history and recent root beer news, we will get closer to obtaining our own recipe of brew, increase traffic to our site, and we are most hopeful of obtaining some interaction and feedback from our friends who have tagged along with us on our journey. So keep "poppin those tops" we certainly will.
By the way, thank you, who ever you are, for taking the time to humor our little root beer adventure.
your friends; -The Rootbeer Brothers, Jeff & Adam

A Newsfeed on Fitz's

From time to time we will try to share any root beer news articles we come across. I felt this one is noteworthy. In fact, it made me a little jealous because I live so far away.

It is a little story from the The Current, a University of Missouri newspaper, about a small little restaurant in St. Louis that bottles their own root beer. Definitely sounds like a must if you live in that neck of the woods or if you travel to St. Louis. Check out the original story.

Fitz's sounds like a match made in heaven. Good food and fresh brew. Let us know if you have been and how it was!

--Jeff


Friday, February 29, 2008

A Root Beer Brew Boo Boo

I was surfing the net and stumbled upon these very lucky homemade root beer brewers. It seems to me they added a bit too much yeast to their brew; or perhaps, they left their brew exposed to some warm air. Probably a bit of both.

This is a public service message from the Rootbeer Brothers: Learn about brewing before you actually do it.



--Jeff

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Rootbeer Brothers Critical Date: A&W and The Great Root Bear


On this day 1974, A&W USA begins using this logo for marketing. The Great Root Bear is a brilliant marketing symbol that catches the eye of adults and kids. Be sure to view The Rootbeer Brothers Critical Dates to see more interesting root beer dates. If you would like to know about the history of A&W check out their site or this one by Ken Polsson.

Let us know if you know of an interesting critical date!

--Jeff

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Goose Island Root Beer: A "Real Sugar" Brew

Goose Island is by far one of the sweetest brews we have evaluated. I am not sure what these brewers were thinking when they decided to load this brew up with "Real Sugar" but some how it works. I certainly acknowledge that this brew has some downfalls but I still like it!

The pop of the top brought a very interesting aroma of pristine root beer extract and straight up sugary sweetness. The pour was similar to that of the standard including the head. But everything was different from there on.

As I compared the two brews I quickly realized the comparison was pointless. Goose Island is so sweet that it made A&W taste like carbonated water. This is no joke, it was that sweet! Seriously as I was enjoying this brew I could not help but picture someone attempting to make a root beer flavored Kool Aide, you know starting off with like a pound of sugar in a pitcher of water. I know this picture paints a very scary thought regarding this brew but I am telling you some how they pull it off. This brew is sweet, no question there, but it is still smooth and still good. The logo was consistent with the name, nothing too original but cool all the same. The bottle is clear which I am not too fond of. The brew was similar in color as the standard but certainly nothing you would want to drink alongside the standard, trust me on this. In the end the brew stands up well with other brews and if you are ever in the mood for some root beer with your sugar, try Goose Island. I grant this sugary treasure a full 3.5 Frosty Mugs.
-Adam

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Goose Island: A Vacation to Sweetness

The next contender for the Rootbeer Brothers' quest for root beer martyrdom comes straight from Chicago. A brew from my home state! AND from my kind of town. Yeah, thats right, Chicago is my kind of town (Thanks, Frank). Goose Island brewpub was originally established in 1988 and now has a steady operation brewing 50 beers and few sodas (root beer, grape, orange). They ship to 15 different states and the U.K. I found it at the local World Market.


This brew doesn't scream root beer when you pop the top nor was the head worth bragging about. It did produce one, but was not thick or persistant. The color is has a red hue and light readily passes through it. I liked the label design except for the label color. The label is simple, classic root beer style, but the color is a boring and lacks pizazz. On a shelf with other brews, it would melt away to the back of the pack.



One thing I can say about this brew that I can not say about others is the fact that they use "real sugar". This is a change from the mainstream "high fructose corn syrup" brews and the often better tasting "cane sugar" brews. I am assuming "real sugar" is the packaged white crystal stuff we often pour on our cereal in the morning as a kid. I don't know if I have grown to far away from this habit, but for my taste buds now, this brew is really sweet. Too sweet. Did I say that? Unfortunately, yes. Goose Island tastes of sugary caramel sauce with root beer flavor. For me, it is 2.5 Frosty Mugs.

--Jeff

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rootbeer Brothers ReVAMPed

For those of you who keep an active eye at what the Rootbeer Brothers have to say you may have noticed that we have changed up the look of the site/blog. Almost all of the changes must be attributed to the brilliant web blog "Tips For New Bloggers". On that site, they teach any user how to manipulate Blogger and use it to its full potential. Our blog could probably see a lot more improvements, but here is what we have done so far:

3 Column Lay-Out
We switched from a two column template to a three column template because the site was getting really overloaded. The new column allows us to spread the information in a more manageable fashion. The left column contains the Rootbeer Ranks and The Cellar; The center column has all of the posts and has the Google Calendar "Rootbeer Brothers Critical Dates"; The right column has everything else: translate and subscribe features, link cloud, etc.

Rootbeer Brothers Critical Dates
Located at the bottom of our page in the middle column is the calendar. We are constantly looking for good dates to put on the calendar, but many are hard to come by. We are looking for any root beer festivals, competitions, or historical dates regarding root beer. If you know of any please contact Jeff to have it added to the calendar. If you are having a root beer party, we better hear about it!

Translate
This is one of my favorite features on the reVAMPed design. One way we monitor our traffic is using Google Analytics which gives a plethera of information regarding the viewership of your website/blog. To date, we have logged visiters from 4 continents (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa), 11 subcontinent regions (N. America, N. Europe, E. Asia, S. Africa, S. Asia, S.E. Asia, W. Europe, C. America, E. Europe, and the Caribbean), and 17 countries. I won't list the countries, but you get the picture. People from all parts of the world, from various cultures, all stop in to the Rootbeer Brothers to learn a little bit more about their favorite drink. Clicking a flag under the translate feature allows them to view our site in the language of their choice.

Subscribe Now
I am not going to pretend that I exactly understand the subscribe now feature completely. Many people use a personalized homepage that displays snippets of all of their favorite sites in one easy to view format. Clicking these buttons puts a snippet of our page and updates instantly with our posts (I think).

Root Beer Links
We consolidated our two "Link Lists" into one powerful list. If we are missing a link let us know! We will add it.

Label Cloud
We turned our very extensive label list into a much more appealing "label cloud" with the help from Phydeaux3. Label clouds lay out all the label tags used, but highlight labels used much more frequently. Click on a label and all posts containing that label will be displayed.

That is about it. We know more could be done, but lack experience and, sometimes, time. If you would like to see something change or added let us know. We would love to hear your feedback.

--Jeff

Monday, February 4, 2008

IBC: Another Root Beer with a Bite

Now Barq's Root Beer is the brew that is often associated with having a "bite" - that, of course, is attributed to the caffiene added to their mix. I will argue that IBC also has a mean bite and lacks the caffiene.

IBC is a refreshing twist on the traditional "name brand brews". This is evident from the way it is packaged in a rugged, simple brown bottle. This bottle is so unique in fact, it easily recognized by kids from 1 to 92. Okay, okay....maybe 3 to 92. Why is this?

It has bite! When you open the bottle - it bites you in the nose. When you take your first drink - it bites your tongue. When you order one out at dinner - it bites your wallet. Well, sort of. When you do order one out on the town, you can guarantee that it will not be free refills as with the other "name brand brews". Perhaps because it only comes in this magnificent bottle? So, YES it bites. Each time it does you gladly say can I have another. The brew is dark, the smell is sweet, and the taste is smooth. A great recipe for any root beer fan. Four Frosty Mugs.

--Jeff

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

IBC Root Beer: Name Brand Brew at it's Best


We have evaluated a few name brand brews since our little journey began here at the Rootbeer Brothers. For the most part those brews have landed right around standard quality. However, IBC has changed that pattern. By far IBC Root Beer reigns as one of the best tasting name brand brews this wonderful country has to offer. It can be found throughout the country in most grocery stores and certainly in department stores like Wal-Mart and Target. It all began back in 1919 when the Independent Breweries Company right here in St. Louis, Missouri developed it as an alternative to alcoholic beverages during prohibition, IBC Root Beer became renowned for its quality, richness and great taste.

I first came across IBC when I was a child at the original "Old Tuscon Studios". My family was visiting this very popular tourist attraction when my mother noticed a kid drinking what appeared to be a cold beer. My siblings and I could not believe that this kid was being so bold as to sit there in broad daylight and slam down an alcoholic beverage. My mother must have had a problem with it too since she sent my dad right over to that kid to inquire about this very concerning situation. He soon learned that the dark amber bottle this kid was drinking from was none other than a bottle of IBC Root Beer. Once we realized that it was root beer my siblings and I couldn't wait til we too could grab a cold bottle of this very enticing brew. It may be due to this fond memory but I have always had a love for IBC since that eye opening experience back in Old Tucson.

Clearly this distinguishing dark amber glass bottle is a big plus in my book. The pop of the top released a very distinct and sweet root beer aroma. The pour into a frosty mug produced a elixir that was dark with a head that was thick and maintained a similar duration to that of the standard. The taste was very rich, deep, smooth and pure. It carried a very distinct root beer extract flavor that was somewhat sweeter than the standard but this blend was perfectly framed by the well balanced carbonation which falls into my specific preference. Between the very awesome embossed glass bottle to it's nationwide availability and then of course to the very smooth and sweet flavor, this brew rates high in my book of brew. 4 Frosty Mugs

-Adam

Saturday, January 5, 2008

A Bloody Egg and a Root Beer Mess -- from Fullyclothed the Blog

This is an entry from Fullyclothed the Blog which is hosted by Michael, a very good friend of mine, who has at times tagged along on my root beer journey i.e. my last visit to Jungle Jim's.

To give some background, Mick and I were doing some Geocaching up in his neck of the woods of Ohio over the holidays. You see he introduced me to this sport and I have had a blast with it ever since. Anyways, a day out caching certainly calls for some good brew. It being the holidays with all the typical increase in calories and all I decided to bring along a lighter brew, hence Diet A&W. Well the rest follows: -Adam

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Bloody Egg and a Root Beer Mess

So I was cooking up some eggs for breakfast the other day. I was cooking one for Oreo the dog 'cause I'm a nice guy. And I was running low on dog food. Well, I guess i picked the right one cause this one had the bloodspot. Which is good cause it means these eggs are farm fresh as opposed to being fron a hen factory. He ate it up quick and loved it.
Anywho, a buddy of mine, Adam of rootbeer brothers fame. Came down before Christmas for a day of geocaching and left a few cans of Diet A&W in the floor of the old Accord. We thought we drank them all but the floor is/was pretty messy and we missed a few. Well, it got down to 4 degrees fahrenheit which was apparently well below the freezing point of Diet A&W. Below are a few pics of the results. So, If you think there may be any cans of Diet A&W in the floor of your Honda and you live at or above 41 degrees latitude, you may want to go out and bring it in tonight.

Well that is about it on the fullyclothed front see ya!