Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 - A Rootbeer Look Ahead


As we ring out 2011 all of us Brothers wish to extend our Full Frosty Mug of thanks to our many fans who have made this our best year yet!!  The response we have received this year from all of you has made what we do here as much fun as it tasted like :)  As we look forward to 2012 we are very excited about the many root beer reviews that are ahead of us.  We look forward to bringing you more facebook contests and we are especially excited about the brewery tours we plan to
attend. We have very high aspirations of moving forward with our YouTube channel and bringing some added antics to all the fun here.

On top of all of this the World of root beer is also going to bring some very exciting happenings.  To begin with the comedy short "I Am Root Beer" is set to hit the screen.  This film is something us Brothers and most of our fans will easily relate to..... a guy wants to be nothing more than a bottle of root beer..... This film is sponsored by our friends at Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Co. and is certain to be a HUGE HIT!!!!!  check out the official movie site www.iamrootbeer.com


Another full flavored surprise coming in 2012 is the All New flavor of gum by the people at Extra Desert Delights who after hosting a popularity vote to decide their next flavor has identified that Root Beer Float WON by a landslide!!!!!  With 662,811 facebook fan votes this new flavor will hit your mugs this Summer!!!!  We wish to thank all who voted :)


The greatest Celebration in 2012 (after the Ball Drop of course) is sure to be the 75th Anniversary of the beloved Dad's Root Beer.  To kick off the party right the folks at Dad's will be issuing this classic draft style brew in very vintage cans.... look for these in a soda aisle near you as these should be hitting the shelves very soon!!!!


2011 has been a tough year, no doubt, but for so many reasons we at RBB are looking forward to 2012 with a very hopeful heart and a full mug of root beer!!!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!  Bring on some more Root Beer, 2012 Has Arrived!!!!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Root Beer's Gift to all People - Henry Weinhard's

Long ago when Jeff and I were simply mailing root beer back and forth to each other I came across Henry Weinhard's during a visit to Idaho.  It was winter, bitterly cold, and I was in the very rural town of Rexburg. This tiny dot on the Idaho  map offers very little for those who stumble into the city limits.  Back in 1998 when I was there the relatively little known Rick's College was all there was to offer.  Since those days Rick's has become a thriving university and gained a much more prestigious name.... BYU-Idaho!!!!

When I first spotted this fine crafted brew in the long-neck amber bottles I was surprised to see that is was a Texas root beer.  The "Blitz-Weinhard Gourmet Soda Company" is based in Fort Worth.  Which should not be confused with the makers of the "other beer" by the same name which is based in Oregon.  At some point during prohibition Weinhard made root beer, like many other brewers of that day.  As time continued to unfold the "other beer" makers within the company lost interest in the soda side and the two were split.

So fast forward to 1998 in that tiny Idaho town when I found this brew while checking out the local grocery store.  Yes, even as far back as then I would scour every city I visited looking for new brands of brew.  My first impression of Weinhard's was formed when I hastily popped the top and to my utter amazement the foam nearly flooded my small Mazda pick-up truck cab.  Although this may be a slight stretch, I assure you, the foam was a-plenty, more than I had ever seen , even to this day!!!!  Since that day I have always been very mindful to respect this bottle of brew and open with care :)  After I was able to clean my self and my truck up I was so pleased by the flavor that I almost forgot about the preceding incident.   The flavor was so full bodied, so pleasing, perfectly sweet, and carried a richness of traditional root beer ambiance, I knew then as I know now, this was and remains my favorite root beer!!!  There will always be certain aspects of other brew that I will specifically like more than what is delivered in this tall amber bottle but overall, this is the brew for me.  During my current review I took the time to notice that the carbonation is heavy, so too the sweetness, but there is something in that flavor that cannot be matched by any other.  The label reveals that vanilla, honey, and acacia sassafras extracts/essence are used.  I believe that the acacia sassafras plays a huge role but the additional flavorings are almost as essential to claiming my top spot.  Although I would not classify this as a stout root beer, I would absolutely classify it as a very traditional flavored full bodied root beer.  This brew should be enjoyed straight from the bottle and not combined with dinner or lunch.  This would be a great brew to enjoy while fishing, or sitting by a camp fire, and especially while around the Christmas Tree.  Shoot its root beer, buy enough for everyone, even the kids, make a holiday tradition that all will enjoy!!!

I enthusiastically extend Henry Weinhard's Root Beer 5 Frosty Mugs - my very first review ever to receive this rating and only the second in RBB history!!!!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Have a very Prosperous New Year!!!!!
Time to Pop-A-Top of some Henry's!!!!!!

-Adam

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Move Over Egg Nog - Time for Julmust the Christmas Root Beer

In Sweden the holidays are spent in similar activities as here in America.  Lots of decorations, holiday music, lighted pine trees, gifts, family gatherings, and of course focusing on the reason for the season... the birth of Jesus Christ.  Unlike America however, the Swedes pass on the egg nog.  Instead they pop-a-top of their very own version of root beer which they call Julmust.  Although they may not enjoy root beer throughout the year they make up for it by setting it apart as the official beverage of the Holiday Season.

The name Jul-Must is a combination of Swedish words meaning "Christmas-Juice" however NO JUICE here!! Not to worry because there are many other awesome ingredients like hops and malt.... sorta sounds like the "other" beer doesn't it? No Alcohol though so no concerns about unintentional wild holiday parties.

Julmust is not an easy brew to find in Sweden until the holidays roll around.  Think about it, have you ever seen egg nog on Independence Day?  But this stuff outsells Coke during the Christmas season.  In America Julmust is simply not easy to find at any time of the year, holidays included.  But have no fear there is one place you might actually find it, at least during this holiday season!!!  Look no further than your nearest Ikea.... think about it.... yup of course Ikea the Swedish furniture store would celebrate the holidays Swede style!!!

Merry Christmas and have a Julmust Holidays :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Saranac Root Beer - A Gift From the Adirondacks

In New York there is a state park that is the Grand Daddy of all state parks.  The park boasts 46 mountains with many that peak beyond 4,000 feet elevations, 2,800 lakes and ponds, 30,000 miles of streams, and offers some of the best hiking, camping, and paddling found in the country.  This park is known as Adirondack State Park!!!!  From this pristine outdoorsman paradise flows the water that is used at Matt Brewing Company located in Utica, NY.  Since 1888 the Matt family has been brewing their fine crafted beverages using this wonderful gift from the Adirondacks. They named  it Saranac after a word within the language of the local Native American Iroquois Tribe which means "cluster of stars".
Mike and I first came across Saranac in the Summer of 2010 when we were visiting Palmyra, NY for the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant.  Mike fell in love at first swig ..... or maybe lust.... and ultimately decided to take Saranac to the prom (see Mike's post - click here  Saranac - Updated) I have contemplated my relationship with this Adirondack offspring for sometime now.  After much consideration I have decided to not take this brew to the prom.... but it would certainly make a nice blind date :)

To begin with you will notice the image of the tall frosty mug of Saranac Root Beer on the neck label which includes overflowing foam.... this is 100% accurate!!!!  The reality is they could have taken their time capturing that photo.  This head is very long lasting and thick.  The brew was dark, much darker than the Standard but carried a very similar sweet aroma.  This brew delivered a very subtle bite, not one that will burn your tongue but one that might nibble your lip, just to let you know its there.  The brew is sweet, creamy, and smooth delivering a subtle root beer flavor that would perfectly compliment most meals.  The downside from my perspective is that I am Dark Chocolate kinda guy.  I like milk chocolate, it is certainly creamy and smooth, but when compared to Dark Chocolate it pails in comparison.  This brew has all the makings of a Dark, or Stout, root beer... well all but the full bodied flavor.

Like I said Saranac may not be my prom date but this brew is fun, easy going, and very sweet, exactly what a blind date should be.... certainly better than the standard, worth catching some dinner with but not the girl that would meet your parents :)  I offer 3.5 Frosty Mugs for this fun date!!!

-Adam

Check out Saranac Root Beer and Matt Brewing Company at http://www.saranac.com/page/root-beer

Learn more about Adirondack State Park http://visitadirondacks.com/