Month: March 2017

Pappas Pizza Original Downtown Root Beer

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Producer: Original Pappas Pizza, Stamford, CT
Obtained At: Original Pappas Pizza, Stamford, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural & artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate
Calories: 180
Sugars: 44g
Caffeine: No

For five months I walked past Pappas Pizza and glanced at the glass bottles they have in their front window. For some reason I never stopped to look at what the bottles were, but finally I did and what do you know? They have their own root beer and diet root beer. The label is pretty bland, with its white background and red lettering. But I guess for an in-store root beer they don’t need anything fancy. The slogan “Laugh More, Be Original, Say Yes, Order Pizza & Love Life” is by far the strangest slogan I have ever seen on a root beer label. But I can’t say I disagree with any of the advice. As you can see from the photos, I got the root beer, the diet root beer, and two slices of pizza. The root beer is really good. Quite surprising, actually. It is creamy and has a strong root beer taste. I highly recommend this one if you’re ever in Stamford.

8/10

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Twisted Root Beer

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Producer: Twisted Root Burger Co.
Obtained At: Dallas Fort Worth Airport
Container: Soda fountain
Caffeine: No

Over Thanksgiving, my fiancée and I flew out to New Mexico to visit her dad. We had a layover in Dallas and I was barely off the airplane before my fiancée was pointing out this restaurant to me and asking, “Do you think they have root beer?” And sure enough, they had root beer. She is always one step ahead of me in finding new root beer. So we went in and got lunch and, of course, root beer. The root beer is actually really good. It is surprisingly rich and creamy. I don’t really expect such a full flavor from a restaurant’s root beer but this one is really good. It doesn’t have much head, as you can see from the pictures, but it is a pleasant surprise on a day when I wasn’t really looking for a new drink. If you stop by a Twisted Root Burger Co. restaurant, definitely get the root beer. Oh and enjoy the t-rex bumper sticker décor.

7/10

 

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Virgil’s Root Beer

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Producer: Reed’s, Inc., Los Angeles, CA 90061
Obtained At: The Fresh Market in Avon, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Purified carbonated water, unbleached cane sugar, caramelized unrefined cane sugar, herbs, spices and citric acid.
Calories: 160
Sugars: 42g
Caffeine: No

This is the last one I found at the Fresh Market and to be honest it has taken a lot longer to drink these ones than I thought it would. But it’s always nice to have root beer in the fridge so I guess I can’t complain. I’ve had this one before since it is pretty much everywhere that sells “gourmet” soda of any kind. I like the bottle. It has a lot of information about the flavor and awards it has won and so on. That kind of information always makes the bottle unique. The flavor is pretty much what I expected but is also very unique and a little bit like the “organic” root beers you find at Whole Foods and places like that. Except this one isn’t awful. So there’s that. It isn’t the best root beer I’ve ever had but it definitely breaks away from the standard root beer flavor if that’s what you’re looking for.

6/10

Bundaberg Root Beer

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Producer: Bundaberg Brewed Drinks PTY Ltd., Australia
Obtained At: The Fresh Market in Avon, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, root beer brew (water, sugar, molasses, ginger root, sarsaparilla root, licorice root, vanilla bean, yeast), caramel color, citric acid, preservatives (potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate), antioxidant (ascorbic acid), root beer flavor
Calories: 190
Sugars: 44
Caffeine: No

Root beer from Australia. This one is actually more common in America than I would think, but I have seen it several places and had it several times before. Everything about this root beer is unique. The bottle, the label, the cap, the ingredient list. It gets extra points from me for being from outside the United States. As far as the taste goes, it is quite unique as well. You can really taste the licorice and molasses. Those are flavors that can sometimes be overwhelming and not very good, in my opinion. But this drink does it well. If you’re looking for a normal root beer, try something else. But if you want something different and still good, go for Bundaberg.

7/10