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6:Stewart’s

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As my sampling continues, there are two distinct rootbeer subdivisions emerging. First of all you have the standard rootbeer. You find it in cans, dispensed by corner stores and vending machines. It tastes good, it will quench your thirst, and it has no pretensions.

Secondly, you have the premium rootbeer. This comes in a bottle, has a slightly more refined taste, makes claims about the recipe, and costs a bit more. Over here, that translates to about a pound more.

Stewart’s, as you can tell from the picture falls firmly into the second category. Not only does it come in a bottle, it claims that it’s a ‘Fountain Classic’ and that Stewart’s has been going since 1924. This may well be true, although a quick glance at wikipedia shows that the ‘Stewart’s Fountain Classics’ range are bottled by the Dr Pepper Corp so its not as small a business as you might have thought.

The proof of the pudding, however, is in the drinking, and on this measure, Stewart’s scores highly. There’s a strong vanilla bouquet when you open the bottle, and the beer tastes cool and refreshing. However, there’s a fresh wintergreen aftertaste that lifts the drink into the premier league. Regardless of its provenance, its a fantastic drink.

Around £2.50 a bottle from american soda

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