Friday, March 4, 2011
Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer
I picked up this little wonder at a Mennonite grocer a few weeks ago and just managed to find the picture on my hard drive. I'm not entirely sure how the file got saved in my Kinematics folder.
Anyway, I am a big fan of birch beer. It definitely has a unique flavor; one that I often relate to the taste of Red Vines brand licorice whips. From my experience, however, others tend to compare it to cough syrup. I disagree, but I suppose that the flavor is not for everyone. that being said, this is an excellent example of the product. The picture does not show it very well, but this is a draft recipe. The flavors are a little bit more subtle and have that old-fashioned "brewed" taste, and the recipe is of just the right sweetness. I like this particular beverage very much, but I'm not sure how I feel about draft sodas in general. I would love to say that the "old-fashioned brewed" taste is always better than the "synthesized" taste, but I don't know that I'm entirely convinced of that. I've had my share of bland or unappetizing draft sodas.
Regardless, Pennsylvania Dutch produces a delicious birch beer. If you have never had birch beer or Red Vines, the flavor is really difficult to describe. There's not much else like it, and the taste is very unique. My best recommendation is just to try it for yourself, and Pennsylvania Dutch is likely to leave a good first impression.
Purchased: Primitive Home and Gift [Abbeville, SC]
Size: 12 fl oz [354 mL]
Price: $1.00 [If memory serves...]