Based in Akron, Ohio and originally founded by Jacob Paquin in 1924. Jacob desired a handcrafted sparkling beverage. It was common after prohibition that breweries switched to producing soft drinks. As part of the competition, Paquin a factory called NORKA. A man after my own heart when you play with words. Like when I once drove through Nebraska and saw all these adds for the Aksarben facilities. Also when I drive down a road and see a car that is U R A Bus. See the twist? The car is Subaru. Norka is the hometown Akron spelled backwards!
During peak production, NORKA 24,000 bottles a day! NORKA shut down operations in 1962, capping off nearly 40 years of soft drink history.
Last year, Michael Considine, an Akron native, revived the brand. They produce a Gluten and Caffeine free drink that is also low in sodium.
Time for the review! (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: Carbonated water, Cane Sugar, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate (Preserves freshness), Sodium Benzoate (Preserves freshness).
Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)
15 mg Sodium.
45g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 2.75 out of 3 mugs
This had a light aroma. Really nothing notable and was not sure what to expect. At First sip, I thought this was great. Then I found an odd aftertaste. Almost a bitter aftertaste. Then I wonder what was that outstanding beverage I just enjoyed and have another sip. Go though the same process. It is creamy and smooth with a bold vanilla flavor, yet not like a cream soda vanilla. Overall, pretty nice!
Head – 2.5 out of 3 mugs
The head was very foamy and dissipated quickly. I like the balance.
Zip – 2.5 out of 3 mugs
This is a unique blend that is not the same impression at first sip, during the drink or long after. Carbonation is very balanced. It has a sharpness that could easily be disliked by many, yet I enjoyed.
Post Consumption Impression – 2.5 out of 3 mugs
This was a love hate root beer that had more love than hate. It leaves you with a desire to want more and trying to think, “what did I just drink”? For me, it rates high. Be curious what others think.
Would I recommend this at 10.3 out of 12 mugs?
YES I WOULD! I will look for this again. Of the 45 root beers I reviewed, this is in the top 5!