It’s another birch beer week because I said so. This week we’re talking birch beers made by companies whose root beer we’ve already featured, which means I don’t even have to tell you about the companies because you already know everything being a Round Up Completeist.
Sioux City Birch Beer (Root Beer in Ep. 20: Our 60th Root Beer!)
White Rock Beverages, Whitestone, NY
A very bright red. The birch/wintergreen is up front - as it should be in a birch beer - but there’s a subtle bitter back to it as if there’s some more traditional root beer flavor. It’s definitely sweet though, and perhaps the sweetest of the bunch this week.
Foxon Park White Birch Beer (Root Beer in Ep. 24: There’s a New England?)
Foxon Park Beverages, Inc., East Haven, CT
This is a white, in my experience usually the cleanest birch flavor is in white birch beers. Many a store brand white birch is literally just birch and maybe a teensy bit of vanilla. This one however has a more root beer-y undertone to it. This adds a complexity not found in my nostalgia-laden criteria for birch beer, but it’s also not unwelcome. It’s also got a good bite to it.
Hank’s Birch Beer (Root Beer in Ep. 1: Birthday Leftovers)
Hank’s Beverage Company, Trevose, Pa
There’s a syrupy, almost cherryness under this deep red birch beer. The wintergreen is much subtler, and it generally just feels thicker. It’s creamy and not unsatisfying, but it’s not really great.