Sarsaparilla

Wild Spur Sarsaparilla

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Producer: CBC Sales Inc.
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Triple filtered carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate, natural and artificial flavors
Calories: 180
Sugars: 42g
Caffeine: No

I have never heard of Wild Spur Sarsaparilla before, but that what makes the Big Yellow Barn so exciting. The label, like so many other root beers and sarsaparillas, is old west themed. However, this one makes sense, considering it’s called “wild spur”. There aren’t as many sarsaparillas as root beers so it’s nice to change it up once in a while. One weird thing about this one is that I can’t seem to find any official website for the root beer or the company. The taste on this one is good, but a little weird. It has a weird start and then turns into a good creamy flavor, which is a weird transition. It’s not a terrible drink in my opinion, but my wife hated it, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

6/10

Manhattan Special Sarsaparilla

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Producer: Manhattan Special Bottling Corp., Brooklyn, NY
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 10 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavor, caramel color, citric acid, preserved with sodium benzoate
Calories: 130
Sugars: 27
Caffeine: No

Here’s another one from the Big Yellow Barn. I really like the bottle because it is unique. It’s ten ounces instead of twelve, and the label is quite unique as well. I have to say that I usually go into sarsaparillas with lower expectations than root beers, and that was true here too. But this one was a pleasant surprise. It has a full, complex flavor that doesn’t always come out in the standard sarsaparilla. It’s too bad it’s only ten ounces; I wish I had more.

7/10

Tyler the Kid Sarsaparilla

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Producer: Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, LLC, Camarillo, CA
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Spring water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural flavor, real vanilla, citric acid
Calories: 180
Sugars: 45g
Caffeine: No

I have never heard of this one before. The label says it’s made by Rocket Fizz, which is cool. I didn’t realize they made so many kinds of soda. I have already reviewed their Rocket Fizz Root Beer Float, which was disappointing. The label here is actually quite entertaining. The picture of Tyler is funny and next to his face it says “Last seen in Nevada headed toward Virginia City.” I’m not sure why I find that amusing. The taste is good. It has a solid sarsaparilla taste and is overall a very good drink. If you like sarsaparilla, try this one out.

7/10

Death Valley Sarsaparilla

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Producer: Indian Wells Brewing Co., Inyokem, CA
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, caramel color, natural & artificial flavor, phosphoric acid
Calories: 170
Sugars: 42g
Caffeine: No

Here’s another sarsaparilla from Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. This is made by Indian Wells Brewing Company, who also makes a Special Reserve Root Beer I previously reviewed. I have never had this sarsaparilla by them, but I have had their Death Valley Root Beer before. Unfortunately, I have yet to review that one because I haven’t been able to find it since I started this site. I like the label for this. It is an “old west” theme that matches their root beer. The flavor is really good. It is very root beer-y and has a lot of head. This is probably one of the best sarsaparillas I’ve ever had.

8/10

Big Ben’s Fast Draw Sarsaparilla!

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Producer: Catawissa Bottling Co., Catawissa, PA
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar and/or corn sweetener, natural and artificial color, caramel, citric acid, and preserved with sodium benzoate
Calories: 110
Sugars: 27
Caffeine: No

I have tried Big Ben’s Root Beer! before, but never their sarsaparilla. I came across this at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store and had to pick it up. Coincidentally, this is also my first sarsaparilla review. I’m not entirely sure what all the differences are between sarsaparilla and root beer. Maybe I’ll look into that again. The label is unlike any other. The background is purple and the font is weird. The exclamation point is random as well, but at least they’re excited about it. The taste is good. It is really light. There isn’t a lot of head or fizz. It almost has a minty flavor to me, which is weird because there probably isn’t any mint flavor in it. But overall this is a very good sarsaparilla. Try it out!

7/10