It’s not often that I review drink categories that are not wine or tea as I try to stick to mostly wine, but I saw this product in store and there was no way I wasn’t going to try it out. I am obsessed with trying new flavours of drinks and alcoholic root beer is something I just couldn’t resist, especially since the industry has added alcohol to just about everything now, and root beer was its next victim. This trend started roughly around Summer 2016 and surprisingly enough, does not include actual beer but instead encompasses vanilla porter bierschnaps (I didn’t see that one coming).
This particular beverage is made in Ontario, Canada so I’m not sure if it is available internationally or even in other parts of Canada. It goes for $2.95 and contains 5% alcohol.
Packaging: I was particularly fond of how this root beer was presented in a tall beige can. I love anything old fashioned and clearly the style of this reminds you of circa 1920s with the Charlie Chaplin mustache and top hat. I also like how smooth the can feels.
Cost: Mentioned above, this can goes for $2.95. There are comparable hard root beer products that come in a 6 pack (beer style) and run for $14.95. If you bought 6 tall cans, the price would be $17.70 so you’re looking between 14-17 dollars for 6 cans or bottles, which is not bad.
Taste: This product tastes like a good old fashioned root beer. You can barely even taste alcohol which is a nice touch for people who don’t like hard liquor. I am not a huge fan of pop because of all of the sugar so root beer wouldn’t be my drink of choice every time I indulge but luckily this creamy, old-fashioned treat is low sugar as well. I typically cringe a little bit when I drink a fruity cooler because of the sugar content and the fact that you can taste alcohol but this flavor is so creamy and vanilla-like, you wouldn’t even know you’re drinking alcohol.
Result: Do yourself a favour and give this hard root beer a try. I love being able to purchase separate cans for under $3.00 so that you can sample the product and see if you like it. This product exploded in summer 2016 so if you don’t currently reside in a location where you can pick this up, I’m sure it will be on its way to your local liquor store ASAP.