Sunday, August 7, 2011

Frankie's: A slice of America 8,000 miles away!

It has been my pleasure to spend a good portion of the summer/winter in South Africa. Traveling frequently requires one to make certain adaptations to ones lifestyle. For me one of the biggest adaptations has been to my diet. Fortunately for this Rootbeer brother, there is one thing in South Africa which has eased this transition, “Frankie's Old Style Rootbeer”. The only brew in the entire country and I imagine perhaps, the whole continent. Even the standard is unable to be found this far south! The food in South Africa especially during winter time is not exactly what i am accustomed to. It is not that the food is horrible or anything but it lacks some if the comforts which O enjoy about living in an environment which is influenced by many cultures.

Frankie’s has done a fine job at filling the gaps created by those culinary differences. Even the most "different" meals can be improved by adding a nice cold bottle of Frankie’s.

Another benefit of this tasty and familiar refreshment is that it bridges another gap. The 8000+ mile one between my temporary home in Port Elizabeth and the good 'ole U.S of A! Frankie’s is a local cure for any homesick American and is readily available at nearly all places soda is sold. I am very grateful for the fine work done by “Frankie” and all of his own Rootbeer brothers whoever they may be.

Now on to what you all have been waiting for:The review.
Bottled in plastic, the bottle is reminiscent of one that other brew is sold in at sporting venues. Which is very "green" as in environmentally friendly. Something I have come to appreciate and admire down here. (or up here depending which map you look at) Not much of a head, Frankie’s pours very easily and fizzes out quickly without losing its carbonation. The primary taste is that of the standard with a lot less vanilla and a prominent taste of what appears to be either wintergreen, quialla or a blend of both. Ingredients and nutritional info are not commonplace in this part of the world. However, as many things go, cane sugar rules the day and that nasty HFCS is no where to be found.
Over all, it ain’t half bad. I enjoy drinking it. I am giving it 3.5 frosty mugs. It is a great conversation Rootbeer and is ideal for the homesick American. Aside from that i would probably grab a bottle of the standard or some other cane sugar brew. So if you are ever in this part of the globe, don't hesitate! Grab a Frankie’s or nine, pop a top and enjoy! Oh yeah, and bring some home to your buds! I know I will!

--Michael

check out Frankie's at www.frankiessoftdrinks.co.za

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