Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Margo's Bark Root Beer (Root Beer of the Dogs)

Here’s a rootbeer that that has “gone to the dogs”.  Not exactly, it was inspired by a dog called Margo from a shelter.  The brew master made rootbeer for a science project.  That’s where it all started.
The owner named Oscar Youd has a tag line on the bottle that says  “Drink a bite”.  Cute but there was a lot of bark with no bite.  I mean that in a good way.  This brew is one of my favorites to date!  Brother Adam sent me about 6-8 of these to try.  My wife had one and she was hooked!  She drank all but two.  I had to swipe one for my review and she threatened to drink the spare.  I beat her to it.
The story is a good one and the proceeds go to help shelter dogs.  A good cause and in my opinion a great rootbeer.  From their website, here’s what’s in it:
Margo's Bark Root Beer is an all natural cane sugar soda microbrewed using natural spring water. We do not use any preservatives, nor do we use high fructose corn syrup. And we are caffiene free. Our ingredients are as follows: Carbonated Natural Spring Water, Evaporated Cane Juice, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, Molasses, Vanilla, Clove, Cassia, Nutmeg, Wintergreen, and Yucca Extract.
Comparing it to A&W it’s not as sweet and the flavor of vanilla spikes to me.  The flavors were a wonder in my mouth.  A very good blend comparatively.  The color was a nice dark one. 
Finding this brew may be difficult as they only list about 20 locations or chains out west.  I went to the website to see what it costs to buy online.  They utilize PayPal and a 12 pack is listed at $21.  Not bad, right?  There was a surprise, when I hit the estimate shipping costs to my zip code it showed an additional $31.  $52 for a 12 pack.  WOW!  That is steep!  It’s very good but not $52 for 12 good, if you know what I mean.  Would I buy this from a store or at a restaurant?  Most definitely.
The lowdown.  The brew was very good, nice glass bottle with attractive labeling and a nice matching twist-off cap.  The story is an added bonus and since they help sheltered dogs with the sale of this product, they get bonus points.  All-in-all I give it 4.5 frosty mugs.  I deducted ½ mug because I only had 12 ounces to drink.   Good job Margo’s Bark.  Don’t change anything!


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