The bottle states “Est 1845” meaning this has been around for almost 171 years. In reality, the bottler has the history, I am not so sure the root beer shares that history?
What is known is the Monroe Brewing Company was started by Mr. Bissinger in 1845. He operated it for three years before John Knipschlidt took over for 9 years. The operation changed hands with regularity until Adam Blumer Sr took over in 1892. In 1906, the name was changed to Blumer Brewing Company. In 1938, production was reduced greatly and the brewery was primarily used for cheese storage. Figures, it is Wisconsin.
In 1947, the business was sold to Joseph Huber who renamed it Joseph Huber Brewing Company. He leased the facility until 1967, when he purchases the site. In 1985, Bill Smith and Craig Werle took over the brewery and wen peak capacity. Here they originated Mike’s Hard Lemonade which was later sold to Stroh Brewing Company who later merged with Pabst Brewing Company.
Fred Huber purchased the brew back in 1989. While other changes happened, the final change was the Minhas family purchased the brewery on October 3, 2006 and changed the name.
Funny thing is with all the History I found, I have no idea when the root beer originated. They make a point to say it is “Certified Kosher”. So it is 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, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness)
Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)
13.7 mg Sodium.
43.1g (13%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.75 out of 3 mugs
The aroma is rather minimal. It was nothing good or bad, yet the wintergreen was noted. I am not a huge wintergreen fan, and that is evident in the first drink. There is also a vanilla and creaminess that’s goes down well. I even taste a small amount of butterscotch. Overall this is not overpowering yet no wow factor either.
Head –2.0 out of 3 mugs
The head is medium but short lived. When I poured the beverage I immediately though this may be a great root beer float head.
Zip – 1.75 out of 3 mugs
The flavor mix is a little too much for me. It is an interesting blend of flavors. Besides getting wintergreen, vanilla, and butterscotch, I get a since of Juicy Fruit gum as well. The carbonation is low
Post Consumption Impression – 2.0 out of 3 mugs
This was an odd experience. I would take a drink and really like it. Then I would take a drink and think I am finished. The cycle continues. Overall, I found more enjoyment than dislike. It shows as I had rated 51 root beers to date, and this rates 26th.
Would I recommend this at 7.5 out of 12 mugs?
My girlfriend loved this while I was indifferent. I would suggest you try it. I find it hard to believe you would not find it at least average.