Alcoholic Root Beer

Best Damn Root Beer

022 - Best Damn Root Beer

Producer: Best Damn Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO
Obtained At: Stop and Shop in Stamford, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
ABV: 5.5%

Here is another alcoholic root beer. I really like that these are catching on, but I have yet to find one that I think is truly perfect. I had never heard of this one until I saw it in a liquor store in Newington, Connecticut. I didn’t have the budget for it then, but only a week or two later I saw it at the grocery store and had to pick it up. The bottle and label is fairly basic, but I like it. The name is straightforward, but let’s see if it’s true. The taste is quite good; very sweet and definitely alcoholic. However, the taste doesn’t really set this drink apart from Not Your Father’s, Coney Island, and Sprecher. I think my two main issues with this drink (and other hard root beers) are the flavor is too sweet to drink more than one at a time and it tastes too much like root beer schnapps (I think if there was more head it would taste more like beer/soda than schnapps). Anyway, if you want to try a hard root beer, this is a good place to start.

7/10

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Art in the Age ROOT

021 - Art in the Age ROOT

Producer: Art in the Age
Obtained At: Liquor Depot of Simsbury, Connecticut
Container: 750ML bottle
ABV: 40%

When I first moved to Connecticut, I stopped at a liquor store and saw this drink. I was immediately intrigued, since it doesn’t call itself a whiskey, schnapps, or vodka. Unfortunately, I was too poor to buy it (I think it cost around $40 for a bottle). Three years later, I was finally able to buy it. It came with a pamphlet explaining that this is supposed to be what root beer was like before they took the alcohol out during prohibition or something like that. For some reason I threw the pamphlet away. I’m not sure why I did that, since I collect bottles and was planning on keeping the bottle anyway. This is what the label says:

“This rustic spirit was inspired by a complex 18th century Pennsylvania folk recipe. It is an alcohol version of what eventually evolved into Birth or Root Beer.”

So there you have it. Now for the tasting!

Not as good as I remember. Maybe I shouldn’t have had Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey right before this one (I’m reviewing them at the same time). I remember this being better. In fact, I’ve shared it with people and they thought it was good too. But it isn’t terrible; it’s just not the typical drink, being that it isn’t vodka or whiskey. If you’re looking for something different, go for this. If you’re looking for something delicious, go for Uncle Bob’s.

4/10

Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey

020 - Uncle Bob's Root Beer Flavored Whiskey

Producer: Founders 49 Distilling and Whiskey House in California
Obtained At: The Bottle Shop, Longmeadow, MA
Container: 750ML bottle
ABV: 35%

I got this bottle on my short trip to Massachusetts in search of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. I was browsing the whiskey section when I noticed this and got way too excited, like I always do. My brother and his wife were visiting Connecticut that weekend so we all tried this one and liked it so much we immediately each had a second shot. Trying it again for this review I am surprised again by how good this is. I have had a lot of root beer flavored vodka, schnapps, and whiskey before and this is one of the best. By all means buy this if you’re looking for a good root beer flavored shot or mixed drink. It’s much, much better than Chicken Cock Root Beer Flavored Whiskey.

8/10

Chicken Cock Root Beer Flavored Whiskey

019 - Chicken Cock Root Beer Flavored Whiskey

Producer: Chicken Cock Distillers, N. Charleston, SC
Obtained At: M&R Liquors, Manchester, CT
Container: 750ML bottle
ABV: 43%

So I have had this bottle of root beer whiskey for over a year and a half now. My fiancée found it at a liquor store once and bought it for me. I was very excited to get it, as I love root beer and whiskey. The bottle is very cool. I like the metal bottle and the design is well-done. The taste, however, is not very good, which explains why I’ve had it for so long. Everyone I’ve shared it with agrees that they don’t like it that much, so it’s not just me. Trying it again for this review, however, it wasn’t as bad as I remember it being. It has a strong alcohol taste to it, which is to be expected at 86 proof. The root beer flavor isn’t very strong though, and the balance between root beer and whiskey is what seems to be the main problem here. If you want to try root beer whiskey and this is your only choice, by all means go for it. But if you can get your hands on Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey instead, you’ll have a much better night.

4/10

Coney Island Brewing Co. Hard Root Beer

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Producer: Coney Island Brewing Company
Obtained At: Big Y in Avon, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Ale made with natural flavors and caramel color added
ABV: 5.8%
Caffeine: No

I have always gone out of my way to search for new kinds of root beer online, but I only just recently started searching the #rootbeer hashtag on Instagram to find pictures of root beer I have never tried. I noticed a lot of people posting pictures of this one, so I decided to look it up. Since I live in Connecticut, I figured this one would be close to me (since it is from New York), but I didn’t realize how close. It is all over the Hartford area and I had my fiancée pick up a six pack at the nearest Big Y.

I like the bottle and the label here. It has an amusement park theme (surprise!) and uses phrases such as “Thrill Your Tastebuds” and “Are You Tall Enough To Ride?” The underside of the bottle cap says “ADMIT ONE”. All around, it’s a great design. The drink is very good. I actually like it more the more I drink. It’s very sweet, which is good, but I don’t think I could drink more than one bottle of this at a time. And like some of the other hard root beers, it tastes a little bit like root beer schnapps to me. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a mix of root beer and alcohol, this is a great choice.

7/10

Sprecher Fire Brewed Hard Root Beer

008 - Sprecher Fire Brewed Hard Root Beer

Producer: Sprecher Brewing Company
Obtained At: The Bottle Shop, Longmeadow, MA
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Malt beverage with natural and artificial flavors and artificial color and caramel color
ABV: 5%
Caffeine: No

Another hard root beer, another great drink from Wisconsin. I acquired this one on the same trip as Not Your Father’s, along with a root beer whiskey I will review eventually. I love Sprecher Root Beer so I was very excited to try their alcoholic root beer. The label is pretty standard and keeps with the rest of the Sprecher brand. The root beer is delicious. You can tell it’s alcoholic, but it is much less schnapps-like than Not Your Father’s. This tastes more like root beer, which is good. Overall, this is a great hard root beer and worth a try for any root beer enthusiast.

9/10

Not Your Father’s Root Beer

007 - Not Your Father’s Root Beer

Producer: Small Town Brewery
Obtained At: The Bottle Shop, Longmeadow, MA
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Beer with natural vanilla extract, other natural and artificial flavors and caramel color
ABV: 5.9%
Caffeine: No

I love root beer and I love alcohol, so anytime I can get my hands on an alcoholic root beer is a good day. I originally found this one online and thought that it was only in the Midwest. I eventually realized it’s also out here on the east coast and quickly headed to a liquor store that stocked it. I made some other great root beer finds that day, but those reviews will come another day. The label on this is vintage looking, with an old-timey man on it. The root beer is delicious. It tastes a little bit like root beer schnapps to me but not as strong, obviously. This is a great alcoholic root beer if you are interested in that.

8/10