If you ever find yourself on "walk-about" or in "the bush" you may be in for a real treat. Bundaberg Root Beer promises an "authentic taste of yesteryear" and they easily deliver on that promise. Maybe "down-under" a person's word is still their bond?
I have enjoyed this imported brew for many years and recently noticed that they had changed their bottles. Once a large-mouth long-necked bottle Bundaberg is now served in quaint 12.7 oz stubby bottles with a pull-top cap. This is the only pull-top capped root beer I have ever seen and so that alone was a very awesome characteristic. The fact that it tastes unbelievably good takes this brew to even greater heights!!!
This Saturday the streets of Oakland's (CA) Historic Diamond District will be overrun with festival goers celebrating German Style. The Oakland twist of Oktoberfest includes a biergarten where many local home and micro brewers of the "other" beer will offer up their best pours.
Traditional sounds of Munich will be performed on the streets, stages, and in the Biergarten. The main Oaktoberfest Stage will also feature modern sounds from renowned area artists.
Food will be aplenty as German delicacies from Bratwurst to Strudel will be found next to other regional cuisines and street fare.
However, the Eco Fair and Kid’s area will ensure an engaging draw for families where interactive games, crafts, and displays will be featured along with steins of root beer being poured in the Root Biergarten.
If you live in the Bay Area.... This may be the fall event for you!!!!
To learn more about Oaktoberfest check out their website at www.oaktoberfest.org
When I first visited Brother Ray in southern Texas he introduced me to H-E-B!!!! To most of us one grocery store is just as good as the other however, those people obviously do not take their retail experience seriously.... I DO!!!
HEB proved to be, by far, the best grocery store I have ever had the fortune to shop at.... from the fresh produce, the amazing chocolate milk, the 5 pound bags of crawling crayfish, to the nice lady demonstrating how easy it is to perfectly prepare a New York Strip, the all inclusive experience was surreal...... While there I looked for new brew, as I always do. At the time the only store brand they offered was Hill Country Fare.... which proved to be a credit among store brands but a store brand all the same.
On a not so recent visit Ray brought me a bottle of their new store brand.... He teased me first with photographing it and posting it on our fan page. Finally I sat down to indulge in what I expected to be the best store brand brew found within the world of root beer. What I didn't expect was the shower of refreshment that I bathed in while slowly sipping from what can only be described as a Gourmet Brew.
From rags to riches.... This so called store brand is so creamy, full flavored, and perfectly cane sweetened that it easily reigns among the greats of root beer. The bottle alone is a masterpiece, singular in appearance, vintage in style, and ushers in the perception of true craftsmanship. The flavor holds true to the description of being "old fashioned" as it presents with a deep root beer extract followed by a vanilla rinse and then towel dried by a moderately sweetened finish.
Among the greats of root beer only few have achieved the magnitude of gourmet, HEB Old Fashioned Root Beer joins those ranks.... This is the moment when a brew moves from the ranks of ordinary to exemplary .... This brew states that it was made with "pride and care".... essential ingredients for brew worthy of 5 Frosty Mugs!!!!
They say everything is Bigger in Texas.... maybe it's Better as well??
When I was a child my grandmother would drag me to these natural food conventions about every six months. I was not a big fan of the natural food as much as I was a fan of my grandmother. I figured gagging down bland whole grain baked goods was well worth spending an entire weekend with my Gram. I had all but forgotten the many things I passively learned back in those days when one of those memories were sparked by this can of Zevia brew. The primary sweetener in Zevia is Stevia and they claim it is a botanical sweetener which has been used for hundreds of years. I can at least vouch for the last 20 years. Stevia was presented at one of those conventions when I was a kid. The reason why I remember it so well is because it was being "marketed" as a facial cleanser but the presenter explained that the FDA refused to approve it for human consumption so this was the only way they could sell it.... I wasn't convinced! However, as usual my Gram found a way to get me to try this "facial cleanser" by using it to sweeten some herbal tea. I was surprised that it actually tasted good, very unique, not at all like cane sugar, but sweet and good.
I was very pleased to see that after all these years Stevia had finally gained acceptance and was now being used in many ways, including sweetening root beer. I am not certain if Zevia was the first to use it but it is certainly not the only brand of Stevia sweetened brew. I held very high expectations that this natural botanically sweetened root beer would take me back to that herbal tea that Gram insisted I try..... instead it took me back to the days of the dinosaurs.....
To begin with this brew just starts out weird.... It's not "root beer" it's "ginger" root beer.... Not sure why they call it that because the Stevia is far too strong to taste much else. If there is some ginger in there it wasn't worth mentioning. But then it displays all sorts of strange things on the can... Like a green leaf which I assume is a Stevia leaf but it just as well could be an acacia leaf.... or any other leaf... but in bold letters it says "All Natural Soda" and in 3 other places it also mentions "natural"..... How natural can you get....in this case they may have went Caveman Natural!!!
Back in the days of the caveman we were happy with what we got.... If we found berries we ate them... If we caught some fish we ate them.... If we killed a dinosaur we at it.... Life was what we now call "hand to mouth"... At some point we began to expect a little more.... Flavor became something that we perfected...... We identified the very best ways to prepare our food... and we even began to brew root beer (thank you Charles Hires). But had the cavemen (and cavewomen) brewed root beer they would have had to use whatever they had readily available. Spring water...... Herbs, spices, etc... When it came to the sweetener they would have also had to rely on what they had.... Stevia may have fit the bill. But here we are... Thousands of years later..... Why digress?
Stevia carries a very distinct flavor that is about as far from root beer as Ohio is from the ocean..... I ask again why digress? Cane sugar is our friend especially when it comes to root beer..... even HFCS is our friend..... Stevia should be left as an herbal tea sweetener..... or maybe even a facial cleanser...... Zevia is probably a good root beer before they add the Stevia... but after the Stevia it morphs into a bitter sweet earthy sensation which although captivates you like a car crash on the side of the road it ultimately leaves you wishing you had not looked to begin with; especially when those images haunt you at night.
This brew is better left to the cavemen,cavewomen, and the dinosaurs.... I rate it a 1.5 Frosty Mugs simply because of the nice memories it sparked about my Gram and those natural food conventions.
As America continues to experience severe downturns in every single market the inevitable impact is certain to reach the wallets of us commoners. With the recession in full swing (as indicated by record high unemployment, falling values of homes, and the flat affect of the general population) this year's National Root Beer Float Day could justifiably be dismissed. As gasoline is costing at or above $4 per gallon..... luxuries like root beer floats seem a bit selfish. However, I would encourage Americans throughout the country to find some inspiration of a brighter future by maintaining our countries most solemn traditions.... like drinking root beer floats this day and all summer long!!!!! Yes in times like these when every cent spent must be well thought out and used very wisely it may be too much to ask to celebrate this national day of root beer bliss??? But what if we could do it for less than $3?
Yes for less than $3 you can grab a half gallon of generic ice cream and a 2 liter of store brand brew and proclaim that we are stronger than this recession!!! We will get through these tough times but it is in these times when it is most important to hold on to those things that will sustain us which include reminders of what makes our country great!!!!!
I found my float ingredients for just under $3 at my local Wal-Mart.....
Happy Root Beer Float Day!!!!!
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With 2000 miles between me and my final destination I decided to take advantage of the situation. I very recently hand made another batch of our bottle cap magnets and in the past enjoyed dropping these at various locations along my many journeys. The more I thought about the many ways and places that I could leave behind a little RBB the more excited I got about this long trip ahead of me!!!! Today I arrived at my destination in Western Ohio having left originally from Northern Nevada..... All along Interstate-80 I dropped our bottle cap magnets in the various stops we made along the way. I dropped them at gas pumps, in rest rooms, on vending machines, and even in geocaches. It is my hope to extend some of this love of root beer along to as many unsuspecting people as possible...... Your welcome :)
One of my awesome coworkers is doing their part to combat the sweltering heat that has landed on our great country. The National Weather Service has forecasted "dangerously hot temperatures" this weekend in a dozen states from the Midwest to mid-Atlantic. The heat index is predicted to hit 112F (44C) in some areas. So my coworker has stocked our break room fridge with some ice cream bars she purchased from the local Schwan's truck.
I was unaware that Schwan's foods produced any root beer products but to my utter amazement ...... They Do!!!
With the heat wave in full force this root beer frozen treat was just what the doctor ordered. Not only is it a perfect way to cool off during these dog days of summer but a very delicious way to enjoy yourself. The root beer ice shell carries a taste similar to that of the RBB Standard, A&W. The ice cream is creamy and carries a distinct vanilla flavor. Combined these frozen pals make for a great cure of the heat wave blues..... the best part is the Live Smart line are Schwan's low cal food options, this means not only can you enjoy a delicious cure for the heat but it will also be guilt free :)
We Brothers recognize that some of our fans are currently without electricity due to recent severe storms.... Which makes it especially difficult to gain shelter from this blistering heat. Our hearts go out to you.....
check out Schwan's foods at www.schwans.com
Follow along as the Rootbeer Brothers conduct Root Beer Reviews from around the country and add plenty of commentary concerning the "World of Root Beer" so sit back, grab a frosty mug and pour yourself some of the smoothest blog on the net.
Since Charles Hires first started selling his bottled carbonated root beer back in 1876, life in America has tasted so much smoother. In appreciation of one of America's very own beverages, we intend to explore the tastes, history and culture of root beer. From the frosty mug to the dark long-necked bottle may you enjoy this most tasteful journey of dark brewed indulgence.
Jeff, Adam, Mike, Ray, Marc & Joe are by no means experts in the subject but rather full-fledged enthusiasts who have enjoyed passing bottles of root beer back and forth from all parts of the country. Although not biological siblings, the Rootbeer Brothers are bound by an equal love of this most inviting American soft drink. So pop a top and sip some of the most freshly brewed blog on the web.
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Sincerely your frosty mug friends,
The Rootbeer Brothers
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