Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

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