Tuesday, August 25, 2015

55 Brand Root Beer

My good friend BS, the root beer king of America and I had been trying to get our hands on this root beer for a while now.   Myself, in early May of this year, sent an email to Burger 55 asking whether they could sell/ship me some root beer and received the following response from the owner/operator: "Yes absolutely we can do that. Just let me know where to send it!".  I replied asking what the best way was to pay and arrange for the shipping to which no response came.   I emailed again and again it fell on deaf ears.  Lucky enough for me,  my awesome sister and brother-in-law's brother, Jeff, came to the rescue this summer.  A big thank you to Jeff for running all the way out (going out of his way) to Penticton to obtain the root beer for me.

55 Brand Root Beer is brought to you by the folks over at The People's Crafthouse, which is located in Penticton, B.C.  This root beer is produced specially for Burger 55 which is a restaurant also in Penticton, B.C.  Jeff mentioned that the burger was really great!  Maybe I will try it someday when passing through Pentiction (so long as I can get over the poor customer service I received).

Everything about this root beer reminds me of the Crafthouse brew.  The head is as tall as the head on Crafthouse and stands at about 1.5 - 2" tall when you pour the bottle.  As well, the flavor profile is built using a vast number of ingredients including sarsaparilla root, sassafras bark, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, juniper berries, wild cherry  bark, ginger root, birch bark, dandelion root, liquorice root, hops flowers and blackstrap molasses.

This root beer is sweetened with organic cane sugar. Similar to the Crafthouse root beer, I'm a big fan of balancing the sweetness with the flavor profile and felt that this root beer left me wanting a bit more sweet.

In closing, similar to the Crafthouse experience, my hasty nature wanted to give this brew a poor rating just based on the poor customer service; however, the root beer lover in me decided to stick to what is most important: the brew.   A note to Burger 55 if you read this:  smarten up with your customer service - no one appreciates that kind of service. If you don't want to ship something then at least say so and put some closure on it.  It is simple to say "I'm sorry, we don't ship to ... If you can ever make it down to our store, we'd appreciate the business."

Rating: 8 / 10
 

The People's Crafthouse Root Beer

My good friend BS, the root beer king of America and I had been trying to get our hands on this root beer since this past winter.  Numerous attempts at contacting the company resulted in extremely poor customer service.  Myself, I sent a number of emails asking whether they could ship me some and only once did I hear back from them.  In fact, the gentleman that wrote back even let me know that he would be happy to send me some.  Since at the time, the weather conditions (winter cold) outside did not bode for a safe shipment, I mentioned that I would contact him in late spring/early summer.  When I did so, my request fell on deaf ears on multiple attempts.  I had to resort to other methods to obtain this root beer.  Thankfully, my awesome sister and brother-in-law's brother came to the rescue this summer.  A big thank you to Jeff for running all the way out (going out of his way) to Penticton to obtain the root beer for me.

This root beer is named after the company, The People's Crafthouse, which is located in Penticton, B.C.  The head on this root beer is insane and stands at about 1.5 - 2" tall when you pour the bottle.  The flavor profile is built using a vast number of ingredients including sarsaparilla root, sassafras bark, vanilla beans, cinnamon bark, juniper berries, wild cherry  bark, ginger root, birch bark, dandelion root, liquorice root, hops flowers, maple extract, molasses and burdock root.

This root beer is sweetened with organic cane sugar.  I'm a big fan of balancing the sweetness with the flavor profile and felt that Crafthouse left me wanting a bit more sweet.  In fact, I imagine this root beer would make an incredible root beer float (which I will try in the future).

In closing, I thought long and hard about the whole ordeal of obtaining this brew from the beginning and the trials and tribulations endured in the beginning.  My hasty nature wanted to give this brew a poor rating just based on that; however, the root beer lover in me decided to stick to what is most important: the brew.   A note to Crafthouse if you read this:  smarten up with your customer service - no one appreciates that kind of service. If you don't want to ship something then at least say so and put some closure on it.  It is simple to say "I'm sorry, we don't ship to ... If you can ever make it down to our store, we'd appreciate the business."


Rating: 8 / 10



Overwaitea Old Fashioned Root Beer


I found Overwaitea Old Fashioned Root Beer  in a Save-On-Foods grocery store in Lethbridge, Alberta.  Overwaitea Food Group is celebrating it's 100th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, they produced this specially crafted root beer. 

The head on this root beer is non-existent and I initially had my doubts but the flavor profile and sweetness balance was surprisingly good!  I found this root beer to be not overly sweet and it had that nice old-fashioned root beer flavor profile to boot!  Perhaps it could use a bit more bite; however, I enjoyed this root beer very much!

Rating:  8 / 10