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.
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Ingredients: carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate (to preserve), citric acid, natural and artificial flavors
Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)
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 6.25 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.