Root BeerPosted: February 5, 2013 Filed under: James and the Giant Peach 5 Comments
I like root beer, or as Evan calls it, root beard. I think part of why I enjoy it is that I feel root beer is a soda that has not lost its heritage. I have always found the history of soda to be interesting, particularly that sodas began as medicine, and that the first soda fountains were in pharmacies. Root beer heralds from a time before sodas were fruit-flavored sugar delivery systems.
A couple years back, I began a quest to find an absolutely fantastic root beer It would need to have the right combination of flavors and fizz to make it. Starting a while back, I began to keep notes on the different root beers I tried. Here are some of my findings so far.
This soda had a strong, fruity flavor, reminiscent of the national brand Barq’s. The fizz was very strong, to the point that it began to have a numbing effect and was hard to drink. Overall, not a very memorable soda. 2/5
This soda had the quintessential “root beer” taste, but was very strong. The primary notes were anise and wintergreen, and it had a definite caramel aftertaste. This soda was very fizzy, and between the wintergreen and strong fizz, I only got through half of the bottle before the tip of my tongue started to feel numb. 3.5/5
This soda was an enjoyable blend of flavors! It tasted like a root beer float, more than a straightforward root beer, so if you don’t like root beer floats, this is one to avoid. This soda went easy on the carbonation and so had a smooth finish. Overall, an enjoyable experience. 4/5
I’ll keep you posted as I go through more!
Johann’s a root beer fan too. He’s tried a few different ones but it seems he still favors Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer.
I will post more about Henry Weinhard’s later, but it is certainly up there for me!
Question: Have you ever considered making your own? I’m not really in the root beer mood with the cloudy weather we’ve been having, but I pinned a recipe a while back that I want to try when the weather gets hotter. Just a thought!
I certainly would! I have no idea where to start, though. Most recipes I see start with something like “buy root beer extract.”
We used to make root beer growing up. Basically it is just root beer extract, sugar, water, and dry ice. It’s really fun!