Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thomas Kemper Root Beer: Wild Mountain Honey

Not sure why.... but every time I pop-a-top of Thomas Kemper I immediately begin to softly hum the Steve Miller song "Wild Mountain Honey"....
It could be their bottle cap that displays a wild honey bee...
It could be the fact that Thomas Kemper proudly states that they sweeten their brew with honey...
Or.... it could be because ever swig is like taking a bite out of some wild mountain honey comb that has been soaked over night in a perfect mixture of sassafras and vanilla...... which makes me happy.... and Steve Miller songs always make me happy.

My awesome wife grabbed this bottle for me while visiting "Barrels-O-Candy" in Virginia City, NV (a future post will talk more about this awesome place) and although I have had Kemper Brew on many occasions I decided this bottle would be saved for a review.

It just so happened that I planned on heading to the mountains for some camping and knew this would be the perfect setting for this wild root beer.  I chilled it over night in a small mountain stream that is only fed by melting snow...... this is the way Thomas Kemper was meant to be chilled....

As the day began to warm the time had quickly arrived, the top was popped, the brew gave off a deep rich aroma of honey and root beer.... yes the honey was distinct from the root beer..... it is a very sweet brew but this is offset by the very stout approach Thomas Kemper has taken with the strong sassafras flavor..... the diluted honey remains but ultimately leaving only the unique honey flavor without the sweetness.... the vanilla serves as more of a chaser, very present, but no more prevalent than a caboose on a long train.... the vanilla simply pushes the root beer through the winding stream of your taste buds... similar to a winding mountain stream rolling smoothly through the rocks and trees.....  

This brew would fall within the stout category in my book, not a very heavy stout, but stout none the less.   The head was heavy, thick, long lasting, perfect for frosty mug drinking, but also good straight out the bottle......

This is a great root beer!!!!  I am not partial to honey sweetened brew.... I could take or leave it usually, I am cool with HFCS, cane sugar, stevia, whatever so long as it tastes good...... but there are a few brewers who harness the natural sweetness in honey to produce a serious root beer flavor.... Thomas Kemper is among the best at working this magic!!   4.5 Frosty Mugs
-Adam


check out Thomas Kemper at www.tksoda.com

Monday, June 25, 2012

Extra Dessert Delights: Root Beer Float Gum - Summer Has Arrived

Summer 2012 has officially arrived..... at least in our book!!
Many of our facebook fans have reported sightings but it wasn't until this week that we Brothers finally located a pack of the most anticipated gum in all history....
Extra Dessert Delights Root Beer Float Gum!!!!
As you can imagine when we did find it...... we bought it all!!!!
For a mere 97 cents you too can indulge in by far the best gum we have ever enjoyed.......
We found ours in the local Wal-Mart..... certainly it is being sold elsewhere... but Wal-Mart is a sure bet..... in fact we can now finally relate to the new Wal-Mart motto...  "Live Better"  :) 
 To describe the flavor of this gum we would simply direct you to your nearest A&W Root Beer ..... liberally add it to ice cream..... drink, swish, indulge...... that is what you will get in this amazing gum!!!  It tastes just like a root beer float.... and not just your run of mill store brand brew and ice cream..... this is name brand flavor!!!   If you haven't begun your summer season yet might we suggest you get started with a piece of gum!!!  
P.S. what puzzles us.... is they accomplished this great root beer achievement without the use of sugar or HFCS...... (applauding uncontrollably) these people are geniuses!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Root Beer Float Cookies: Six Sisters Who Know Root Beer Baking

We at RBB are always searching the web for new and improved root beer recipes. We typically come across common recipes for homebrew, cup cakes, and even poultry..... But 6 sisters caught us by surprise with a unique approach to root beer cookies!
But the more we learned about the sisters the more we realized how much we had in common with them..... 6 of them (six of us)..... Bound by a shared love, theirs is recipes & crafts (our is obvious)....... Connecting to each other and the world via blogging (yup us too)..... This reminds us of Bizarro World.... As if the 6 Sisters are our counter part in another parallel universe !!!!!!

As you can imagine we are digging' these similarities..... But mostly because they love root beer too despite their distaste for carbonated drinks..... Like I said Bizarro World!

Anyway their recipe is first class, give it a whirl..... You will thanks us and the Sisters later :)

Root Beer Float Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen large cookies or 4 dozen medium cookies (depending how big you like 'em!)

Root Beer Float Cookies
by: Six Sisters Stuff

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. root beer extract or concentrate
4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Frosting Ingredients:
4 cups powdered sugar (or icing sugar)
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. root beer extract or concentrate

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375º.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in buttermilk and root beer extract.
Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture.
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375º for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients. Beat until smooth.
Frost cooled cookies.
Enjoy!

To learn more about the Six Sisters go to: www.sixsistersstuff.com

Monday, June 4, 2012

Root Beer Conspiracy: Vess Root Beer

Last year I came across a root beer brand called "Cott" it was in a clear glass bottle and ultimately was a waste of good glass.  I thought about writing up a review but went fishing instead.  The fact that none of the other Brothers have written a review of Cott only confirms to me that I made a good choice back then.  In fact I had expected to never think about that brand again but during a recent drive through Missouri my expectations would be let down.


I stopped to fill up my gas tank at a very overpriced station in the middle of nowhere-northern Missouri.  I initially thought the stop was worth it after discovering what appeared to me to be a root beer with history.  The label bearing a foamed up frosty mug stated "Established in 1916".  Now that is a pretty big deal to have a 3 year jump on our RBB Standard, A&W, so I figured this was going to be good, if for nothing else but historical value. In retrospect I was wrong on both accounts, my overpriced gas was not worth finding Vess Root Beer, and Vess has less history than any other store brand.

To my utter astonishment I discovered that Vess Root Beer was simply a generic brand in a new bottle.  Cott proudly states that "private label carbonated soft drinks are always pouring at Cott!'  Yes "Labels" not private recipes but labels!!!!!  

It has taken me some time to come to terms with this ever growing conspiracy.  I first learned of varied label brewing last year during a brewery tour.  In that case I understood, they were simply giving small mom & pop bars their own root beer for the kiddos that would come in with their parents.  Cool, I get that reason.  Finding an actual brand of root beer claiming to have such a vintage beginning only to in fact be just a label is very upsetting!!!!!

The brew was exactly like Cott but at least they didn't waste any glass this time, although the plastic  bottle was wasted.  Watered down, mild carbonation, foam that was short lived and presented nothing like the label pictured.  They also listed "HFCS and/or Sugar" is used as their sweetener!!!   They are not sure what they even put in their own brew!!!!  ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! In my opinion this bottle contains "root beer and/or watered down left overs"!!! A store brand, yes, a good store brand, NO, a disappointing end, YES!!!!   I didn't get nauseated by the taste at least, but learning about this cover up did cause some dizziness.  I may one day offer an equally critical review of Cott, but I may slam them a bit harder for wasting a good glass bottle.  Since they conserved the glass on this "private label" I will be nice.  1.5 Frosty Mugs.
-Adam


want more info about the conspiracy check out Cott http://www.cott.com/en/product-portfolio