Monthly Archives: April 2013

Anchor Ginger Root Beer

anchorIt’s a bit ironic that I would take a picture of this bottle on land, when the whole premise of this root beer is somehow associated with the sea.  In fact there is some phraseology on the side of this bottle that says, “As a tribute to all the Sea Dogs and Scallywags looking for adventure on the high seas . . . blah, blah, blah, blah.”

Frankly, this is a very good root beer and it doesn’t need any catchy statements about pirates and oceans and sea anemones in small print on the side of the bottle.  Even though the “sea junk” is pretty corny, the bottle design itself (the anchor) is pretty darn cool.

When I sipped this root beer, I sensed that a ginger beer and a root beer had collided to create this wonderful brew.  Admittedly, this could have been an all out disaster, but this turned about to be an all out success.  This is simply a pleasant brew which has a slightly different flavor than the average root beer.

I really, really liked the root beer and I wish I had another.  And yet . . . I can’t help but think how much better this would be with a little honey sweetener . . . ahhh honey, ginger and natural root beer flavor . . . now that would be good.

The Professor’s Grade: A -

A & W Diet Root Beer Restaurant Review

aw3Same visit to A & W, but i decided to get two root beers for the price of one – you can learn more about that in Economics 101.  Anyway, after I finished my cup (and yes I did says cup, no mug at this visit) of A & W Root Beer, I filled it right up with A & W Diet Root Beer.  One of the first things that I noticed was that the diet brew had the same great root beer flavor as the sugar version.  The diet taste was of course noticable, but this was still a pretty enjoyable cup of diet root beer.

Maybe I’m getting caught up in the whole experience, or maybe I had enough of the regular A & W flavor left in my mouth from my first cup of the the real stuff.  I don’t know . . . but what I do know is the evening ended with my son getting a good root beer burp up the nose.  And by the way . . . his burp was not from the diet version.

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The Professors Grade:  D +

A & W Root Beer Restaurant Review

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We were having a little bit of a rough day, so we decided to drown our sorrows away in a nice cold mug of root beer.  These A & W restaurants are becoming few and far between, so we were thrilled to find one so close to our house (even if it is a hybrid KFC & A&W).

Full Disclosure – Most of these pictures are from when my family enjoyed root beer floats, but the actual reviewed occurred on another date.  Also, come to find out you need to ask for the frosty mugs . . . they give you paper cups otherwise.  So, the actual review occurred with a paper cup, and at the time I was under the impression that they no longer served root beers with frosty mugs – I was wrong . . . thankfully.

On to the review . . . root beer served in a glass bottle is always better than root beer served in a can.  But draft root beer served in a restaurant is better than root beer served in a glass bottle.  Thus, “IHO” A&W from a restaurant will always be better than what you can buy in a grocery store.  Bottom line is that i enjoyed the whole experience and the root beer was creamy, smooth and light.  The flavor was reminiscent of the kind of root beer I enjoyed as a kid.

My son kept saying, “this tastes different . . . this tastes different” and he meant that in a good way.  And, I agree, this is better than any A&W I’ve had in recent history.

The Professor’s Grade:  B -