Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Root Beer Tapper makes Big Screen Debut

In 1983 the hit arcade game "Tapper" featuring a blatant logo of Budweiser was intended to be sold primarily to bars but was often found in arcade rooms across the country. It wasn't long before parents began to question why Budweiser sponsored products were being marketed to children. In response the following year "Root Beer Tapper" was released which had the distinct appearance and game process as the original but with a key difference, the Bud logo was now replaced with the word "Root Beer". Since 1984 kids of all ages have enjoyed pouring fresh digital root beer to thirsty patrons in hopes to score high in accuracy. The "Root Beer Tapper" has been included in many retro game systems over the last 25+ years but this year marks a huge milestone for the game. The Disney release of "Wreck It Ralph" reintroduced the tap master himself serving up brew for thirsty digital patrons. Where else would thirsty, somewhat depressed, game characters go to wet their whistle than the Root Beer Tapper game? We extend our thanks to Disney for casting the Tapper in such a great film!!!! RBB proclaims "Wreck It Ralph" as the official Root Beer Animated Movie of The Year!!!!!!



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Japanese Vanilla Bees: Old Town Root Beer

I begin with a RANT "if you take the time to bottle root beer and print your web address on the label you could take the next step in maintaining your website!!!!!"  Seriously.... the label proudly lists www.oldtownrootbeer.com and unless this root beer is brewed in Japan I think we have a problem......  the website is in Japanese and has no mention of our American soft drink...and another thing, I spent 4 years in Branson and I stopped in Old Town NEVER..... weird I know, a Rootbeer Brother avoiding a root beer brewer..... unless of course the Branson they mention on the label is in fact in Japan just like their website!!!!  That must be it because the only root beer I ever found in Branson, Missouri was Sioux City.... they love that stuff in Branson..... okay... I think I feel better now :)

So apparently in Branson, Japan they have Vanilla Bees.... Branson, Japan may actually be a cool place!!!  This root beer is a sublime mixture of honey and vanilla and some how integrated gracefully into a root beer base.  I am not a huge fan of honey sweetened brew but this a unique twist that had me reconsidering my opinion.  The brew is lightly carbonated with consistent head, the color is moderate and delivers a subtle bite finish.  In many ways I wished I could get some Japanese Vanilla Bees to make some breakfast syrup for my waffles but I am not as thrilled about the use of their unique sweetness in this root beer.  However, it does reach a quality equal to that of the standard.  I am a little skewed about the website issue and false advertising regarding Branson, but the brew should not beheld accountable for the crimes of its label.....  I am no fan of "guilt by association".  3 Frosty Mugs
-Adam

click here to check out a non root beer website in Japan: www.oldtownrootbeer.com

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rootbeer Brothers Endorse The Romney Float

As Presidential Election 2012 comes down to the final hours we here at RBB find ourselves more confused on the issues than ever before!!  Not one of the candidates have mentioned Root Beer taxation... lots of discussion of taxes but none in relation to root beer.....????  So rather than sit down and spend our valuable time watching rather pointed and somewhat "in your face" political ads that certainly play a huge role in changing our minds (as if) we decided to read an article in People Magazine about Candidate Cocktail Recipes..... yes according to the article the Topaz Bar in Washington D.C. has developed drink recipes tailored specifically to the 2012 Presidential Candidates.  The recipes were intended to directly reflect aspects of each of the candidate to allow their supporters a "taste" of their greatness.... so to speak.  As you can imagine this bar, as most bars, specialize in drinks of the "other" assortment and rarely include root beer.... but not in this case!!!  In homage to Gov. Mitt Romney's religious faith and practice of not consuming alcohol, the "Romney Float" is intended to not only be alcohol free but in fact a root beer based cocktail.  Although this is no reflection of how each of the Rootbeer Brothers will cast their ballot on November 6th, we can at least all agree on the endorsement of this root beer concoction to ring in Election Day 2012!!!!


Romney Float
A non-alcoholic treat in homage to Romney's Mormon faith

• 6.5 oz. root beer (recommends Old Dominion root beer)

• fresh whipped cream
• homemade caramel drizzle (recipe below)
• coarse kosher salt
Pour the root beer over ice in a highball glass. Top with a dollop of freshly whipped heavy cream. Drizzle the homemade caramel on top. Sprinkle coarse salt over the caramel drizzle. 

Caramel Drizzle

• 2 cups sugar
• ½ cup water
• ¾ cup heavy cream
• 2 tbsp. butter
In a saucepan, add sugar and water. Cook on medium-high heat until amber-brown color. Remove from heat. Stir with a wooden spoon, pouring in ½-cup of warm heavy cream and pats of butter. Stir until the sugar dissolves and add ¼-cup of the warm heavy cream until smooth. Let it stand in a heat-proof jar and cool for one hour before use. 

We were also happy to see that our friends at Dominion were identified as the root beer of choice for the Romney Float!!!!

We at RBB wish to extend our encouragement to all our fans to not only enjoy this festive election root beer concoction this week but to also VOTE.... let your voice be heard, vote for those individuals that will best represent your interests be they root beer taxation or whatever you hold most dear...... to not vote is like buying a case of root beer and pouring it down the drain.... the biggest party foul EVER :)

Cheers!!!!!

The Rootbeer Brothers

To read the People article go to: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20639573,00.html
To check out Topaz Bar go to: http://www.topazhotel.com/dining/dupont-circle-bar.html