Root Beer That’s Really Beer

IMG_4897I enjoy the taste of beer, but I love the taste of root beer. It’s kind of ridiculous that they’re both called “beer,” because they’re so different.

Apparently there’s a company who felt the same way, because they invented an alcoholic root beer called “Not Your Father’s Root Beer.” Obviously it’s amazing.

I had my first bottle of this wonderful elixir a few nights ago, and I was delighted to learn that it wasn’t a malt beverage like, say, Mike’s Hard Lemonade. I usually enjoy the first sip or two of those drinks, but they the saccharine syrup starts to stick to my throat, and I want nothing else to do with it.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer is truly a beer…it’s just tastes like root beer. It certainly won’t replace root beer for me–while I don’t drink soda all that often, I drink alcohol far less often–but I’d like to keep a 6-pack in my fridge from now on so I can have a bottle from time to time.

Have you tried it anything like this?

14 Responses to “Root Beer That’s Really Beer”

  1. Steve Behnke says:

    I have tried this! Last time I was visiting family in WI I went searching for this. (I think you can only get it in the Midwest.) I liked the first few sips, but found it a bit too bitter after awhile. Not that surprising, since, like you, I’m not really a beer drinker. I prefer mine of the Root variety. In fact, I seek out new root beer anytime I’m somewhere new and keep a file in my phone commenting on all the ones I’ve tried.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Steve: Is there a clear favorite on your list of root beers? Or a top 3?

      • Steve Behnke says:

        Yes, my favorite is Hank’s. It’s out of Philadelphia. I also really like Sioux City and River City. My favorites all tend to be ones that are very well-balanced in the flavor of vanilla, molasses, sweetness, etc. I don’t like ones that are overly sweet (although of course ALL Root Beer is super sweet) or too vanilla-y which makes it closer to Cream soda.

  2. Nicole Brady says:

    I tried it for the first time this summer at a media event in New York and LOVED it! It took forever for it to arrive here in the Quad Cities! I found cans a few months ago, but the bottles have finally (FINALLY) arrived! I was at a grocery store the other day and found not only the Root Beer but also their Ginger Ale product! I’ve been told there’s a bar here locally that has it on tap. Come on up the Mississippi and we’ll go have some!

    I’m anxious to see how the new Fitz Hard Root Beer compares.

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Very impressive that they got into Red Robin! That’s great. I need to try their ginger ale too–I didn’t know that was a thing until someone mentioned it on Twitter today. And you have a bar that has it on tap?! And Fitz’s (based in St. Louis) is making their own?! This is the best day ever!

  3. Brad L. says:

    Hey Jamey! The “Not your fathers” root beer is good. It’s also sweet. If you ever have the urge for a bit less sweet there’s also Coney Island brewings version. I have both in the beer fridge. Cheers!

  4. Jasmin says:

    Root beer beer? Gross. I’m a heavy drinker. Where’s my ice cream martini?

  5. Nicole Brady says:

    Yes, Fitz (St. Louis) just announced the other day about their new hard root beer. We’ll be adding it to our to-do list when we come down for Geekway! 🙂

  6. Jamey Stegmaier says:

    Nicole: Thanks for the link! I look forward to the January release at Fitz’s.

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