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

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