It’s so hot I’m going to have a heat stroke. Better hydrate with some sugar water.
Death Valley Root Beer
Indian Wells Brewing Company, Inyokern, CA
Indian Wells Brewing uses spring water from the Indian Wells Spring, go figure. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the brewery’s been kicking out beer and soda since 1995.
This is very busy and in an incredibly pleasant way. I’m tasting vanilla, wintergreen, licorice, sassafras...maybe even some cinnamon? Unlike say Virgil’s which piles in ingredients but still manages to have a single star, everything here is working together toward one sweet and creamy goal.
Jack Black’s Red Dead Root Beer
Part of Real Soda’s “Halloween” line, Red Dead is a caffeinated root beer, which means I’ll probably be up all night. Which is fine! I wasn’t going to sleep in this unbearable heat anyway.
Not a lot going on for this. In all honesty it tastes a bit like flat Dad’s, which I don’t really understand because this is not flat at all. It does have a nice vanilla cream on the back of the tongue.
Johnnie Ryan Racinette Delicieux (Delicious Root Beer)
The Johnnie Ryan Co. Inc., Niagara Falls, New York
The Janik family has run the company now known as Johnnie Ryan since 1935. It was 1942 that Johnnie Ryan was named, as one of the Janik’s thought an Irish sounding heritage would lead to more business. My bottle, oddly enough, is one marketed across the border in Canada. I’m not sure how it got to me. If you’re wondering how it sits with our theme of death and dying, well, in this heat there’s nothing I’d rather do than plunge into the icy death maws of Niagara Falls.
Tastes like it has a cola-base. A nice subtle sweetness and creaminess, but there’s no getting around that it tastes a lot more like cola nut than sassafras root. Still quite good, though!