Producer: Indian Wells Brewing Company
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 22 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Indian Wells Artesian Spring Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Flavor, Real Vanilla, Citric Acid
Calories: 180 per serving
Sugars: 45g per serving
I can’t explain how excited I am to have gotten ahold of this root beer. It is made my Indian Wells Brewing Company. They also make Death Valley Root Beer, which I have in my bottle collection but have not yet reviewed. I started seeing pictures and reviews of this Special Reserve Root Beer online a few months ago. I thought I saw somewhere that it was going to be available for only a limited time, but now I can’t find anything saying that. Either way, I didn’t think I would ever be able to find this. But Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store came through and had this in stock.
The bottle is amazing. First, it’s 22 ounces, which is great. Second, it is wax sealed, which is really cool. Finally, the label is really unique and has a lot going on. It describes Indian Wells Spring as follows: “After five days of travel from the Argus Range, the manly-jayhawker parties of 1849 found their first water at this Indian waterhole on the Joseph R. Walker Trail of 1843. During the 1860’s this was the site of a stage and freight station for traffic between Los Angeles and the Coso and Cerro Gordo Mines.” The label is top notch and a great addition to my bottle collection.
The root beer itself is delicious and very complex. It has hints of wintergreen and licorice. But it manages to blend all these flavors together to create a truly wonderful brew. The head, bite, and mouthfeel are all fantastic as well. Although I have no complaints, it doesn’t crack into the 9/10 or 10/10 for me, but I am sure many would disagree with me and put it higher. I suggest doing anything you can to get this root beer.