Dang! That’s Good Root Beer
Imperial Flavors Beverage Company
A family owned company operating out of Milwaukee since 1964.
Creamy with a good amount of vanilla. Fairly straightforward, little to no-nonsense root beer. The label is right, it’s a good root beer: it lets it root beeriness shine instead of covering up the sassafras flavor.
Judge Wapner Root Beer
Created by a nephew of The People’s Court Judge in honor of his uncle’s birthday, a nephew who happens to own a california soda and candy company with franchised stores across the nation, including here in Columbus, Ohio.
A traditional root beer’s flavor in my mind falls somewhere on a spectrum where one end is sassafras and the other is vanilla. Dang! fell a bit on the vanilla side, while Wapner swings the other way. A good bite, and a strong sassafras flavor. Dang! and Wapner are both wonderful and it’s hard to choose which is better, so I’m giving them both a 5. To be sure, though, given a choice of only drinking one root beer again, at this point I’d have to say “Definitely Wapner. Definitely.”
Dublin Texas Root Beer
Dublin Bottling Works
Dublin Bottling Works was the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in the nation making Dublin Dr Pepper, a real cane sugar Dr. Pepper variant that was amazing, having formed an agreement with the product’s ownership to only sell within 44-miles of their plant. The internet changed that retail game, and Dublin was eventually sued by Dr Pepper Snapple for overstepping their boundary lines. While they no longer produce Dublin Dr Pepper they have switched gears to a broad line of sodas.
Quite a bit sweeter than the others, with something on the back-end, perhaps some prune juice still stuck in the equipment? Almost banana-y actually. A mild bite to it, and a touch of vanilla. Solid, but not noteworthy.
Rating: 3.5, Pour it over some ice cream.