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


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!