Virgil’s Root Beer is the crown jewel of the brand and they tout it heavily, referring to it has “what Ben and Jerry’s is to ice cream, what Dom Perignon is to champagne.” Are you a fan of Virgil’s Root Beer? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
AriZona Beverage Company and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal have teamed up for a brand new all-natural cream soda line, called SODA SHAQ. Disclosure: This soda was provided to me by AriZona Beverage Company. Have you seen SODA SHAQ in stores? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
Shasta’s history goes all the way back to 1889 when a group of businessmen opened a health and vacation resort at the base of Mount Shasta, which is part of the Cascade Mountain Range in California. They sold naturally carbonated spring water. It was well received and, as such, they started to bottle it and sold it under the name Shasta Mineral Springs Company. In 1928, new management came on board, changing the name of the company to Shasta Water […]
Tahitian Treat is a fruit punch soda. Thank you to Neil Block for the request. Are you a fan of Tahitian Treat? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
Dad’s Root Beer was created in the 1930s by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman in Klapman’s Chicago-area home. When they filed for a trademark in September of 1938, they alleged that it had been in use since February of 1937, so this is considered to be the official starting date of Dad’s. The Berns and Klapman families sold their shares to IC Industries in the 1970s, who sold Dad’s to The Monarch Beverage Company of Atlanta in 1986. At that […]
According to Boylan’s website, Boylan Root Beer “has a rich and spicy sassafras flavor, thanks to its blend of cinnamon, anise, black pepper, mushroom, sweet birch, extracts of chocolate and coffee, vanilla and wintergreen oil. Sounds complex, but the end result is an authentic, traditional tasting root beer with only a subtle creamy note.” Thank you to Mary Marchione and Brody Cox for the request. Are you looking forward to the upcoming movie, “The World’s End”? Please let me know […]
The Fresca brand was first introduced in the U.S. in 1966, but Coca-Cola uses the brand differently in Mexico. In the U.S., it is a calorie free drink where in Mexico it is a regular citrus soda, sweetened with sugar. Have you had Mexican Fresca? Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for watching.
There is a tremendous amount of variety in the world when it comes to root beers. On this episode, I’m going to blind taste six of them. Thank you to Richard Mont, mikeypaco, Kevin Saju and candouidus for the request. Of the root beers featured here, which ones have you had? And which is your favorite? Please let me know in the comments. Here is a run down of the sodas featured in this blind tasting: Boylan Root Beer Company: […]
“Real ginger root from China has a distinctive spicy flavor and you can taste it in every sip of our Hansen’s Natural Ginger Ale Cane Soda. You might also taste a subtle hint of vanilla bean and lime, and that would make sense because we use them as well. Just enough zing to make you feel refreshed. And sweetened, of course, with real cane sugar,” reads the description from Hansen’s website. What’s your favorite Hansen’s soda? Please let me know […]
According to their website, Virgil’s Dr. Better “is a classic Dr. Type soda recipe made naturally using the finest ingredients possible. … Our first step was to research the recipes used to make the original Dr. Type sodas from the early 1900’s. Of course we found none since the recipe is a heavily guarded secret and our attempts to infiltrate and crack their safe failed. But we used our taste buds and knowledge of roots, spices and fruits to make […]
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