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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