Time to kick off season 2 of The Adam Glass's Root Beer Round-Up with a blind reach into my ever-growing box of roots beer. By look of the draw we picked three that have been on my shelf for too long, and that aren't really all that great.
Deadworld Zombie Soda Root Beer
Blue Sun Soda, Minnesota
I'm told that the Deadworld comic is the best comic books series about zombies that there is, and I don't know nearly enough about zombie comic book series to disagree. But Michgan-based indie publisher Caliber Comics has licensed their Zombies to Blue Sun Soda (the RocketFizz of Minnesota) and I do now a bit about root beer. This is a decidedly ok root beer. It is not terrible. It is perfectly middle of the road. A little tuttifrutti flavor in with a cough-syrupy backend, this dark root beer is like the average haunted house: ok in the moment but I'm not going to recommend it.
The Pop Shoppe Root Beer
The Pop Shoppe
Originally: London, Ontario, Canada
The Pop Shoppe province-, then nation-, then continent-wide soda retailer that sold soda to the masses from 1969 to 1987. Reestablished as an internet brand in 2004, it was recently bought by BeverageWorld.ca. The root beer itself is pretty classical stuff, and I doubt the recipe changed much from the 1969 version. It's dark, with a nice head, and reminded me of Faygo if I'm perfectly honest.
Stubborn Soda Classic Root Beer
PepsiCo threw their hats into the craft soda ring with the Stubborn brand in 2015 and I hate everything about this sentence. It's ok. It's not great, but I've had root beer for this project that made me actively want to vomit and this isn't one of them. They're not trying anything special; they're trying to make a solid middle of the road root beer and they mostly succeed.