About 3 years ago a professor of mine in my graduate school gave me some of his hometown brew to review. Due to some very heavy binge drinking on my part and final exams on his part, I consumed the brew without doing the review. When I finally woke up I realized my dilemma and have sought out another sample of Point Premium Root Beer ever since. It took 3 years but finally I have found another sample.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
According to Harold Camping of Family Radio tonight in Philly and throughout the world the Rapture will occur. The Rapture is a belief held by many Christian sects that marks the day that Jesus Christ will gather his faithful followers just prior to the very end of days which will be filled with great turmoil and a time of repentance for those that had not been gathered up. There has been a national campaign by Family Radio to spread the message about Judgement Day - May 21, 2011 and extend the call of warning. For many adherents of Harold Camping and Family Radio TODAY is certainly viewed as the MOST IMPORTANT DAY ever!!!!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I have had this brew a few times. Many of the times have been on visits to my good buddy and fellow Rootbeer brother Adam's place while he lived in Missouri. He has given me a few over the years and I have even bought a couple from Jungle Jim's which is THE place in Ohio to get your micro brew Rootbeer fixes.
The taste of this distinct brew is somewhere between A&W and Mug in a little place I like to call AMERICA. It has all of the qualities of both with an olde fashioned flair. Not to mention a hint of Apple Pie, 4th of July Fireworks and cool summer breezes. I am not sure how they managed to get all of that in there but they did and BOY! Does it taste GREAT! The word "Premium" doesn't even cut it. Cane sugar makes this a good choice in my book as well as the long-neck brown glass bottle. Those are two are bottom line, must haves for good marks from me.
The head lasts for a reasonable amount of time and the carbonation is just a medium amount with just enough to get a good loud belch from. (Hey we are the Rootbeer BROTHERS right?) Otherwise, this brew goes down easy and enjoyably. Would definitely recommend this one for just about any meal or a good sit out on the porch-swing talkin' with the neighbors. Good brew, good times. I always look forward to going to St. Louis and visiting their restaurant and watching them make and bottle their own brew in-house. Of course, a bottomless mug of that same brew ain't a bad thing either!
For all that above, Fitz's gets 4 frosty mugs. **Disclaimer** I am stuck between 3.5 and 4 here but we have "standards" so I am rounding up! GREAT brew but based upon previous ratings, there are other "4's" I would rather have than Fitz's. Given a choice, I would drink BOTH.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
We have often been asked why we use A&W as our standard? We Rootbeer Brothers literally drink an A&W along with the brew we are reviewing to actually make a comparison. Although each of us brothers evaluate root beer very differently we all begin with A&W. Having A&W as a starting point helps guide us as we attempt to make a very informed review. But why A&W????
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I opened up the bottle and did my "sniff-like" aroma test. Compared to the A&W, it was a bit lighter. Color was nice and dark. Poured a small amount in my glass and saw the head was very light as well. For me this is a plus as I hate to wait for the head to subside to get at the brew. Most of the time I just down the bottle in about 10 seconds. For review purposes I won't. The flavor is as expected. To me it has a good sweetness probably due to the cane sugar. It's very smooth and could be drank easily with the light carbonation. Many sodas have a burn. This one didn't.
This soda isn't flashy and for "olde" folks like me the label was hard to read. White label on a clear bottle with extra small print. I google'd the brewery and Lion Brewery makes this. They also make their own name brand which I look forward to trying in the future. I hope it's much better. I'm going to give 2.5 Frosty Mugs as the score.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
We've added a new feature to the site that will now let us report the locations of operating rootbeer stands in the good ol' USA. Navigate to the "Root Beer Stands" page and select the state you live in or are wanting to visit and see if a local stand is nearby. Right now we have just one stand listed in Ohio. We need more of your feedback to post a complete list.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
When Jeff and I first began this blog we had no idea where it would go.... and for that matter where we would go. Jeff is currently off on assignment in some foreign land and I landed in Philly for a year. We at times have been very, very busy, to the point that RBB has greatly suffered. In January we invited a couple of our brothers to join in the fun. Mike and Ray have brought with them a wealth of additional personality along with their reviews and commentary. At first we thought that four root beer drinking brothers should be able to handle the demand from our Fanship (our fans on facebook and this blog)..... but demands have continued to exceed our expectations!!!!! We find ourselves being bombarded with requests for reviews of everyones fav brew. We are being pitched ideas about youtube videos and twitter parties constantly ..... so much more than we expected!!!!
Friday, May 6, 2011
In 1933 Pat Olivieri began serving what would become one of the most well known foods of the Old City of Philadelphia. Pat's King of Steaks is credited for being the home of the original cheesesteak sandwich, or what they refer to as a cheesesteak hoagie. Thinly sliced chopped steak fried with onions placed on a sub roll and smothered in Cheese Whiz is the most common recipe. For those who prefer they offer sweet peppers as an additional topping (at no extra cost). In most parts of the country one might be able to buy a Philly Cheesesteak..... things to know: In Philly you don't ask for a "Philly" Cheesesteak...... trust me, simply saying cheesesteak will save you some embarrassment; whiz over provolone (sounds weird but trust Pat.... he is a King); get the sweet peppers; and no where makes em like they do in Philly.... No Where!!!! The thing is this, they do not use bell peppers, provolone is for squimish wimps afraid of trying something new, and why call it Philly when your in Philly?
Monday, May 2, 2011
What first impressed me about this brew was a phrase that is found both on the label and the cap, “Leading the Root Beer Revival”. An amazing image flowed into my mind’s eye, of people caught up in the movement of root beer throughout the country. Crowds of people throwing cola’s and citrus drinks into massive fires and chanting “Root Beer!!! Root Beer!! Root Beer!!”. My imagination may have run a bit wild with this one, but none the less, a root beer revival on any level would be one I want to be involved. For now however I will take part in this microbrew version of the revival. Sparky’s claims that this “fresh” crafted brew has been made for many years within the Knox family. I have never met Kevin and Carol Knox but it would certainly be an honor. What an achievement it is to take a family recipe and realize its full potential by marketing it across America. They are certainly an inspiration to home brewers everywhere.
Being a microbrewer one would not expect Sparky’s to deliver anything spectacular with their packaging. The fact that it’s in glass is a merit to the Knox’s. The label is what would be expected, not too fancy; in fact using the word basic may be a compliment. However, the cap is something I was very impressed with!! A customized cap is not typical of microbrewers but Sparky’s has got one! Winding red strips with “Sparky’s” in the center. Around the side of the cap they list their web site, city, and their “revival” phrase. That is some great use of space, if you ask me. I like the color, that is rare on a cap, in my book, caps are just as important as the bottle, and I am happy to see the Knox’s share this perspective.
So moving on to this California brew, to begin with it is a natural sweetened root beer using both cane sugar and honey. This tends to be a great combination if done carefully. The other ingredients include both natural and “imitation” flavors and “spices”. The flavor is light but distinct, it has a clear root beer extract aroma, and it carries a certain tantalizing light liquorish finish. I am not a fan of black liquorish but when that flavor is balanced well with other common flavors in root beer I find myself overtaken with desire. The carbonation is light and overall the brew is very smooth and no byte to note. It would be a great brew
for burgers, or for watching a UFC fight, it’s a brew that won’t distract from your other activities but at the end of the night you will think, “hey that was some pretty good root beer”.
I extend my thanks and admiration to Kevin & Carol for sharing their family brew with the rest of us and realizing the American “Root Beer” Dream. I present Sparky’s with a respectful 4 Frosty Mugs
Check out Sparky’s for yourself www.sparkysrootbeer.com