Friday, December 16, 2016

Rusty's Old Fashioned Rootbeer

Bryan Rust is a local legend in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a key component in the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup in 2016. Paul's Beverage Company, PLB Sports, and Giant Eagle all came together to develop this limited edition root beer. I'm up for any reason to develop a new brew. I couldn't be more pleasantly surprised with this soda. I'm discovering that they also wanted a tasty unique beverage created here. This wasn't just a quick money grab. I was expecting something rather basic but that couldn't be further from the truth. They use pure sugar cane as the main sweetner. This root beer is thick and creamy and sports a nice frothy head. It also has noticeable birch and cherry notes with a sassy rooty core.  It works quite well together! The finish is creamy smooth vanilla and cherry! Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10.

Riley's Brewing Co. Hand Crafted Root Beer

Riley's Brewing Co is located in Madera, California. The head brewer started out a home brewer, who also grew up around brewing. After much trial and error and an annoyed wife, Daniel and his wife opened up their brewery. They now offer numerous beers, ales, specialty brews, and sodas. Their hand crafted root beer is what has intrigued me the most. This is truly an old school look on root beer. Their root beer has an authentic old fashioned favor and is very unique. It also sports a mammoth head. The body is complex and full flavored. I'm detecting a sarsaparilla core with numerous spices to compliment.(wintergreen, cloves, cinnamon, anise, all-spice, licorice, and burdock) My only knock would be that the molasses is a little overpowering. Molasses in my opinion, it's much better in small doses. The finish has creamy smooth vanilla and honey, which is the perfect ending to such a distinctive brew. 8.5/10.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Old Bottle Brewery Root Beer

Old Bottle Brewery is located in Ruston, Louisiana. They are just a home brewery for now but hope to be professional one day. For now, you can purchase their soda and beer at the local farmers market. I can't thank them enough for hooking me up with a sample of their tasty root beer. Thanks Hayden! Their root beer is brewed in small batches and personally hand bottled! I call that "attention to detail"!!! The body has an earthy touch to it and extremely rooty. It's not overly sweet but is lightly carbonated.  The complex flavoring includes: wintergreen, molasses, licorice root, star anise, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. I'm rather impressed on how creamy this brew is... it kind of caught me off guard. The head is thick, frothy, and rather stout. The finish is sweet vanilla and molasses with some spicy goodness. Too smooth!!! This is an unique brew with great presentation. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Butchertown Soda Root Beer

Butchertown Soda is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Butchertown is a neighborhood in Louisville and has quite the storied history. Butchertown is known for its culinary arts and creative nature. Butchertown Soda is a newcomer to the craft soda world and hope to be players for years to come. Their root beer has an earthy vibe to it. It's not too sweet but is spicy and creamy too. Sassafras and sarsaparilla have come together and have brought along some vanilla and cinnamon for the ride. There is a little bite from spice and it mantainted quite the frothy head.  This is definitely an unique and complex take on root beer. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 9/10.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Potosi Brewing Co. Root Beer

This is yet another brew from the land of root beer, which is Wisconsin. The body is thick, creamy, and rather sweet. There's so much honey and vanilla and it's phenomenal once it hits your lips.  Then it fades to some spice and more creamyness. There is a little bite and a sufficient head was built. The finish is smooth, creamy, and a flourish of spicy sweet honey. This is just one of many remarkable root beers from Wisconsin. Welcome to Brad's Brew of Fame!!! 10/10.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Frost Creek Craft Beverage Company Root Beer

Frost Creek Root Beer comes from the land of Texas. They opened for business back in 2014. Frost Creek claims it all starts with their first ingredient, which is triple filtered water. This gives the soda a crisp clean taste. They sweeten all their sodas with pure sugar cane. Frost Creek is a stickler for attention to detail. The owners purchase the ingredients and are involved in the process from start to finish. This brew sports a thick and frothy head. It has a solid flavor profile but not overly complex. It's sweet and has a rooty core with smaller traces of vanilla, caramel, and wintergreen.  I'm also sensing small clove notes in the finish and aroma. This is a solid brew in all areas. 8/10.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pic-a-Pop Root Beer

I've finally got my hands on Pic-a-Pop in glass. I've been in search for quite some time.....but the time has come. Pic-a-Pop opened for business in 1971. Their headquarters were located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are basically the Canadian version of A&W, Barqs, or Dad's. They've been a mainstay for a generation of soda drinkers. I wish I could say it has been worth the wait. It saddens me...but this is not very good stuff. The head dissappeared in a blink of an eye. It starts out ok on initial contact but then turns to a sour herbal and fruity wave of flavor. The body is just syrupy and sticky wthout much traditional root beer flavor. The finish is just more sour and fruity notes...I'm not amused. Canada needs to look to other options....not sure how this company became a linchpin in the soda world. 4/10.