Sunday, August 28, 2016

Foxon Park Root Beer #48

Since 1922, in East Haven, Connecticut where an Italian imagen, Matteo Naclerio, started Foxen Park.  The name comes from the street Mr. Naclerio lived on when he originated the business.  It was primarily a home delivery service.  The company never sold, just passed from generation to generation.

Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, and sodium benzoate preservative.

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

130 Calories
75 mg Sodium.
35g (12%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.25 out of 3 mugs

Right out of the bottle the aroma is very good.  It had a Barq’s aroma.  One thing I noted is this is the lowest calorie drink I have tested to date.  With 130 calories in 12 ounces, it is one of the lowest I have tested.  The others were Red Ribbon, Bawls and Sassy Lil Lass.  All rated in the lower half of my reviews.
The first sip was refreshing.  I enjoyed the beverage although it is not smooth.  The caramel flavor is noticed.  The ingredients list very few flavors, but there is no way there are a whole bunch of ingredients in the “natural and artificial” flavors listed on the bottle.  The beverage did have a slight aftertaste, which decreased the overall enjoyment. 
Head – 1.5 out of 3 mugs  

There is a head with very large bubbles that last a short time.  After 30 seconds, you would never know there as a head on the brew.      

Zip – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

I assume the zip is primarily sodium.  Only Henry Leonhard’s Draught Style had equal sodium.  It is a shame as there is a tantalizing appeal to the beverage and I again attribute it to the high sodium content.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.0 out of 3 mugs  

This is a good beverage with a meal.  Because of the aftertaste, I would not suggest this beverage for a social activity.
Would I recommend this at 7.5 out of 12 mugs?

Sure, not with the highest of enthusiasm.  The low calorie is a plus as this is a very sweet drink. 


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mason’s Keg Brewed (#47)

This is an Atlanta, Georgia brew that originated in Chicago by Mason and Mason, Inc. in 1947.  By 1970, it was produced by Falsetto, who also made Dr. Wells.  In 1975, PepsiCo Inc. exercised a hostile takeover.  Fortunately, the Federal Trade Commission believed Pepsi owned to many flavors and forced it to sell some of its brands.  In 1978, Monarch Beverage Company bought the brand.  Although, they also made Dad’s Root Beer and Mason’s.  It is sold in limited markets today.

Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate (to preserve), citric acid, natural and artificial flavors

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

160 Calories
50 mg Sodium.
40g (13%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.5 out of 3 mugs

 At first sniff, it seems like a commercial root beer.  Hard to explain, but a little fake?  The first taste is enjoyable, but tastes chemically based.  I can’t describe that either.  It just does not have a solid mix of flavors.  A slight cherry hint makes me thing this is a cola version of a shrilly temple.  I did not taste any caramel at all!

Head – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

The head is large with the first part dissipating quickly.  The last ½ inch lasts for a longer than average time.    

Zip – 1.25 out of 3 mugs  

The only zip if the slightly larger than average carbonation.  If it were not for the carbonation, this would be a flat, lightly flavored sugar water.  I like a smooth mix of flavors, and this in no way meets that desire.

Post Consumption Impression – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

This is not a terrible brew.  Although it is not the top of the heap either.  I would drink if, if one of my favorites were not available.  I almost believe I am drinking a dad’s root beer that is slightly flat.
Would I recommend this at 8.25 out of 12 mugs?

Mason’s Root Beer is worth a try, but I would not go out of my way to find the beverage.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Fireman's Brew (#46)

In December of 2000, two fireman named Rob and Ed started their own beverage company called Fireman's Brew.  They were sitting on a hillside extinguishing a brush fire above the Glendale Mountains.  They desired a brew to quench their dry mouths.  These two hail from the Los Angeles area and proceeded to make beer, and of course root beer.  A portion of their proceeds is donated to "The Fallen Firefighters Foundation", which is located in Emmetsburg, Maryland.  The tagline is “Extinguish your thirst”.

Ingredients: Artesian spring water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural flavors, and citric acid.

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

180 Calories
25 mg Sodium.
45g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.2 out of 3 mugs

Immediate aroma when opened is primarily wintergreen with a licorice accent.  These two are not my favorite combination, so I was thinking I would be disappointed.  I was not although it was not one of the best as I like more caramel and vanilla (only a slight hint).  Overall it is generic and middle of the road root beer that should appeal to many people. 

Head – 1.8 out of 3 mugs  

The head was average.  Took a while to fully dissipate.  The bubbles were larger than average yet they are not thick enough to notice when drinking the beverage.

Zip – 2.1 out of 3 mugs  

The carbonation is medium, not to strong.  Nice blend.  I believe the zip comes from the sodium?  I also have a hard time getting all the flavors, as I know they are there, but the carbonation dominates the mild flavor mix.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.3 out of 3 mugs  

This is a good beverage that will be enjoyed by many, but hard to believe it is a favorite go to root beer for anyone.

Would I recommend this at 8.4 out of 12 mugs?

I would recommend you try the beverage.  I think you will find it satisfying.  It is not want you want to crave, but certainly fills the root beer spot.  Like they say, extinguish your thirst.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Towne Club Root Beer (#45)

This is a brand out of Michigan made with real cane sugar.  It originated in 1960 as a low cost alternative to the main brands.  While once a thriving business, it has dwindled and many articles assume it will phase out entirely in time. 

Ingredients: carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative), citric acid, and phosphoric acid.

Nutrition 16 oz serving (from the bottle)

180 Calories
40 mg Sodium.
50g (18%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.2 out of 3 mugs

There is very little aroma upon opening the screw top.  Yes that is right, a screw top. 
At first taste I believed this was a pleasant taste, but nothing special.  Much like Ramblin Root Beer with a sweet mid-range body.  It is sweet, that is for sure.  The flavor is hard to match, which gives it a higher score. 

Head – 1.4 out of 3 mugs  

The head is small with very fine bubbles that dissipated slowly.  There is little or no remnant after 30 seconds.

Zip – 2.1 out of 3 mugs  

The overall carbonation and flavor are pleasing.  Nothing great.  I really believe this is not intended to be a fine brew, but a commercial cane sugar brew that is above average.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.3 out of 3 mugs  

This is a commercial style beverage I would purchase again.  It would be good on a hot summer day when you just wants a refreshing beverage or with a bratwurst.  This is not a social drinking root beer, in my opinion.

Would I recommend this at 8.0 out of 12 mugs?

The more I consumed, the more I liked the beverage.  Not enough to raise the score, but again, if you grilled some bratwursts and it is a hot day, grab a Towne Club and round out a great meal!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dublin Texas Root Beer (#44)

Dublin Bottling Works originated in 1891, but before that in Waco, Texas, Wade Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store pharmacist Charles Alderton realized customers loved the smell of the soda fountain. He invented a drink and it was named Dr Pepper.  Eventually, Bill Kloster, who operated on instinct made Dr, Pepper a top 10 producer in per capita consumption.  The media called him “Mr. Dr Pepper.” 

At one time, economics encouraged the use of other sweeteners to replace pure cane sugar in exchange for less expensive corn sweeteners.  Some Dr. Pepper plants did, Bill refuses.  That was against the high standards Mr. Kloster had for a beverage.  

Bill was always at the Dr Pepper plant. In 1995, his wife of 54 years passed.  Bill died suddenly on Sept. 27, 1999, after a full day at the bottling plant.  History says they still do the quality beverage over economics today.  Yet Dr. Pepper is no longer in their product line. 

Ingredients: Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), phosphoric acid, citric acid.

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

160 Calories
30 mg Sodium.
42g (14%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 2.8 out of 3 mugs

The initial aroma is a sweet root beer.  There is a slight wintergreen hint.  Overall, I was anxious to try this brew upon opening.  At the first sip, I immediately thought lovers of Dr. Pepper would like this brew.  Smooth creamy beverage with a hint of caramel and a slight licorice favor.  I really enjoyed the beverage!

Head – 2.4 out of 3 mugs  

The head is golden and frothy.  It dissipated average speed to be totally eliminated.

Zip – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

The carbonation is where this gets most of the zip.  A blend of spices that is both notable and similar to those typically found in the most common root beers.  While this scored a little higher, it is a typical root beer zip.

Post Consumption Impression – 2.5 out of 3 mugs  

The carbonization and sodium is a little high for my overall enjoyment.  Yet I really rated this high.  I enjoyed it more after each drink and when I was completed, I was looking to see if there was a second bottle hidden in the refrigerator.  No luck.  Oh well, I will not hesitate to purchase this again.
Would I recommend this at 10.2 out of 12 mugs?

I would suggest trying the beverage.  While I enjoyed the beverage very much, it was also very commercial root beer similarities in carbonization and flavor.  Although they did it using pure cane sugar.