Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Root Beer: Devil's Canyon

Ray and Adam decided to visit San Fransisco together on one of the last weekends that Adam would be in Northern Nevada.  Amongst their plans they camped in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walked (both ways) across the Golden Gate Bridge, ate crab (2 times), had crab chowder in a sour dough bowl, ate lots of food from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, ate in China Town, ran down the most crooked street in the world (Lombard), and visited Bonita Point Lighthouse.  Although Ray contested that there was no time for root beer (you know Ray), Adam insisted that they drive 30 minutes to Belmont, CA to attend the monthly Friday Beer Night held the last Friday of each month at Devil's Canyon Brewery.  On this particular night the brewery was hosting a Halloween Costume Contest which made their visit that much more entertaining.  As you can imagine Devil's Canyon is mostly known for their "other" beer selections but recent rumors in the world of root beer has identified this as being one of the most uniquely sweetened brew in the world.
The following are the reviews conducted during their visit on October 26, 2012 :


On such a festive weekend of Halloween one can not help but get caught up in all the gore and spookiness of Halloween.  What better time is there to review a Devilish brew like Devil's Canyon?  Although A&W has always celebrated Halloween and claimed it as their own, this brew may be in a tight second place.  The brew tap handle alone speaks Halloween; an evil looking devil's tail is very fitting for such festivities.  While taking photos of the tap handle the bar keep asked what I was doing, I explained who we were and that we were conducting a review for our blog.  She was very excited and offered us Free Root Beer...... as I always say, the best tasting root beer is Free Root Beer :)

She went on to explain the unique sweetened nature of this brew.  They use three natural sweeteners which include cane sugar, California honey, and agave nectar.  I am familiar with Agave Nectar due to a friend in Philly who was a super healthy eater, this is what he would smother his whole grain waffles with in the morning.  At first I couldn't decided if it was the whole grain or the cactus juice (my nickname for agave nectar) that tasted so bad.  In time the whole grain and the nectar grew on me, after a year I actually began to like them both.  The one thing about cactus juice, it has a very distinct flavor that if unprepared may hit it you in the face, HARD!!!!  Sorta like Stevia does the first time you taste it.  You expect yummy sugar and instead get an earthy alternative.  As I mentioned, I have developed an appreciation for cactus juice and so I was well prepared and was very delighted to return to those memories of all natural whole food waffles and nectar.  The root beer held very minimal carbonation and nearly no foam, it was moderately dark in color, and delicately flavored.  The delicate flavor should not be confused with watered down, because this brew is flavored very well.... but in a very subtle way.  It carried a distinct natural root beer extract body with a mild sweetness that ruminates with the unique flavor of the agave nectar and finishes with only a minor after taste.  I drank my entire first glass before Ray took his first sip.... I liked this unique devil's brew.... in fact I envisioned that it would actually be more suited to be called "Angel's Brew" due to the delicate flavor and sweetness it presents.  This was well worth the drive and I was glad we came...... 3.5 Frosty Mugs     

Yes I contested, why leave San Francisco for root beer?  We arrive, walk through an industrial park, and far in the back we find a brewery.  This should be good.  I expected more from my first root beer brewery tour, more pizazz, a little something, it's just not there.  It is just root beer after all. 

First impression, flat. Too flat.  Dull, lacked anything I would expect from a micro brew.  More carbonation might have helped but without it I experienced great difficulty finishing my first (only) glass.  Never did finish it in fact, kept it for a day, poured it out at the camp ground.  Speaking of the glass that I now have to pack for the plane and take all the way to Texas, wondering Why?  This was not worth the drive, no surprise.  Devil's Canyon was like other micro brewers of the "other" beer I have visited.  Small following of locals, small operation, lots of heart.  The one saving grace for this Devil, the intense fire jet heater that brought me much more satisfaction than the root beer.  Now that this is over its Back to the Bay :] 
2 Frosty Mugs 

We wish to extend our thanks to the bar keep who welcomed us so warmly (as the devil usually does) and for the very fun on site review.

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GourmetRootBeer said...

Wait, they gave you free samples and glasses? They gave me no such swag, I had to pay $4 for the two glasses I had poured, even though they found me out as I was taking pictures and I liked the root beer as much as Adam. Oh well, 'tis the nature of things I suppose. Honestly, did you first hear about this one from me?

Adam Rootbeer said...

No earlier this year Mike was in San Fran but didn't have a way to drive there.... :). As far as the free swag...... Guess we are cooler than you :0