Month: September 2016

Anchor Ginger Root Beer

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Producer: Orca Beverage Soda Works, Mukilteo, WA
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural & artificial flavors, caramel color, phosphoric acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate
Calories: 170
Sugars: 43g
Caffeine: No

I have never seen a “ginger root beer” before, so this will be interesting. To compound that, I have never had a ginger beer before, since I always opt for a root beer instead. So I am excited to try this one out. The label has a sailing theme that goes along with the Anchor name. The catch phrase says “Soothing Beverage for the Traveler,” whatever that means. The taste is really good. It is incredibly smooth with the perfect blend of flavors. It manages to keep the root beer taste, which doesn’t always happen with the root beer variations, but still has a good ginger aftertaste. If you see this one, give it a try.

9/10

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Oogavé Organic Root Beer

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Producer: Rocky Mountain Soda Co., Denver, CO
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Triple filtered carbonated water, organic agave nectar, citric acid, natural flavors, and organic caramel for color
Calories: 100
Sugars: 24
Caffeine: No

Oogavé is a root beer I have known about for a long time but have never been able to find. I finally found it though at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. I like the label a lot. It has some agave plants and gets the organic message across, but still has a definite root beer look with the brown background. I have never like organic root beers as much so we’ll see how this one goes. The taste is okay. It is definitely better than most organic root beers out there. And the nutrition info shows that it is healthier than most non-organic root beers. But it still just isn’t as good as the average non-organic root beer. If you like organic sodas, or if you like to try new things, then drink this one when you see it.

4/10

Johnnie Ryan Diet Root Beer

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Producer: The Johnnie Ryan Co., Inc., Niagara Falls, NY
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 11.5 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, caramel color, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid
Calories: 0
Sugars: 0
Caffeine: No

I have had Johnnie Ryan’s non-diet root beer before, but I cannot remember how it tasted at all. I plan on having that one again to review it here. The bottle for the diet one is really cool. First off, it’s only 11.5 ounces, which makes it slightly irregular—always a plus for my collection. Second, there isn’t the usual label, rather, it is embossed onto the bottle, which I like a lot. It has dual languages, another quality I don’t usually find. Upon opening the bottle, there is no head at all. The taste is pretty good for a diet root beer. I actually like it quite a lot. If I had to go with diet root beer again, this one would be near the top of the list.

6/10

Capone Family Secret Root Beer

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Producer: Capone Family Secret, Inc., Chicago, IL
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate, natural flavor, and citric acid
Calories: 180
Sugars: 30
Caffeine: No

This root beer is apparently an old Capone family secret recipe that was made in the 1920s. I have seen it online but this is my first time trying it. The label has an old car full of wooden kegs with the Chicago skyline in the background. It definitely stays true to the Capone theme. The taste is weird. It’s not very strong, but what there is doesn’t taste that much like root beer to me. It just kind of has a weird taste that is almost like cola. There is a lot of fizz. It might be the fizziest one I’ve had recently. Despite what other reviewers have said (here, here, and here), I just don’t think this a very good root beer. I wouldn’t recommend drinking this one.

3/10