Refreshing Ravings

One woman's quest to try it all in the beverage world.
Jun 3 '12
004. Leninade
Per 12oz bottle:…150 calories…38g sugar…35mg sodium
Ingredients:Carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, gum acacia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate, sodium benzoate, artificial color, and the joy of the workers.
About:Leninade (Russian: Ленинад) is a soda based on lemonade made by Real Soda In Real Bottles, Ltd. The name is a portmanteau of “Lenin” and “lemonade.” The slogans on the bottle make fun of old Soviet propaganda slogans. In addition, the soda is colored bright red, the traditional color of Communism. (Wikipedia)
Website: http://leninade.realsoda.com/
Impressions:Bleh. Underwhelming, and a shame because this had potential to be a great drink. Essentially a watered-down lemonade with carbonation and an unpleasant aftertaste, I found myself taking only four sips before I gave up on it. Simply, a hilarious bottle but a pretty lousy drink.

004. Leninade

Per 12oz bottle:
…150 calories
…38g sugar
…35mg sodium

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, gum acacia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate, sodium benzoate, artificial color, and the joy of the workers.

About:
Leninade (Russian: Ленинад) is a soda based on lemonade made by Real Soda In Real Bottles, Ltd. The name is a portmanteau of “Lenin” and “lemonade.” The slogans on the bottle make fun of old Soviet propaganda slogans. In addition, the soda is colored bright red, the traditional color of Communism. (Wikipedia)

Website: http://leninade.realsoda.com/

Impressions:
Bleh. Underwhelming, and a shame because this had potential to be a great drink. Essentially a watered-down lemonade with carbonation and an unpleasant aftertaste, I found myself taking only four sips before I gave up on it. Simply, a hilarious bottle but a pretty lousy drink.

2 notes Tags: Leninade lemonade soda sodas pop pops beverage beverages drink drinks

Sep 9 '11
003. Dad’s Diet Old Fashioned Root Beer
Per 12oz bottle:…0 calories…0g sugar…10mg sodium
Ingredients:Carbonated water, caramel color, sodium benzoate, sucralose, acesulfame-k, natural & artificial flavors
About:Developed in a basement by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman in the 1930s, Dad’s Root Beer was one of the most-consumed brands of root beer throughout the US by the late 1940s. Ely’s son, Jules, brought the soda international, and the name Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer was coined in his father’s (and other fathers who home-brewed root beer) honor. Dad’s was the first product to use the six-pack format, introduced the half-gallon bottle, and marketed sizes from “Junior,” to “Mama,” and “Papa.” Sold by the families in the 1970s and changing hands a few times, as of 2007 the soda is now owned by The Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC of Jasper, Indiana,.
Website: http://www.dadsrootbeer.com/

Impressions:Hurk. One sip and I’m done. Or at least I would be if I didn’t need another taste for reviewing purposes.
The sucralose taste is intense, and in a blind tasting test I never would have guessed it was root beer. It tastes like the carbonated lovechild of Pepto Bismol and Tums. It is, frankly, awful.
Two sips is it for me. Won’t be getting this again. I’m hoping the original Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer is better than it’s diet counterpart!

003. Dad’s Diet Old Fashioned Root Beer

Per 12oz bottle:
…0 calories
…0g sugar
…10mg sodium

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, caramel color, sodium benzoate, sucralose, acesulfame-k, natural & artificial flavors

About:
Developed in a basement by Barney Berns and Ely Klapman in the 1930s, Dad’s Root Beer was one of the most-consumed brands of root beer throughout the US by the late 1940s. Ely’s son, Jules, brought the soda international, and the name Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer was coined in his father’s (and other fathers who home-brewed root beer) honor. Dad’s was the first product to use the six-pack format, introduced the half-gallon bottle, and marketed sizes from “Junior,” to “Mama,” and “Papa.” Sold by the families in the 1970s and changing hands a few times, as of 2007 the soda is now owned by The Dad’s Root Beer Company, LLC of Jasper, Indiana,.

Website: http://www.dadsrootbeer.com/

Impressions:
Hurk. One sip and I’m done. Or at least I would be if I didn’t need another taste for reviewing purposes.

The sucralose taste is intense, and in a blind tasting test I never would have guessed it was root beer. It tastes like the carbonated lovechild of Pepto Bismol and Tums. It is, frankly, awful.

Two sips is it for me. Won’t be getting this again. I’m hoping the original Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer is better than it’s diet counterpart!

8 notes Tags: Dad's Old Fashioned root beer diet soda sodas drink drinks pop pops refreshment refreshments beverage beverages

Sep 9 '11
002. Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer
Per 12oz bottle:…170 Calories…42g sugar…35mg sodium
Ingredients:Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, natural yucca extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate
About Boylan Bottling Company:"Boylan Bottling Company is an American gourmet soft drink manufacturer. They were located in Haledon, New Jersey from the late 1950s until 2001 and then moved to Clifton for a short time before moving to Moonachie, New Jersey, where they are currently located. The Boylan Bottling Company brand was registered in 1891 and has been in operation for over 100 years. Boylan uses cane sugar in their drinks (unlike most other American beverage manufacturers which have switched to high fructose corn syrup).  Boylan’s first product was birch beer, formulated in 1891 in Paterson, New Jersey, by pharmacist William Boylan. Boylan products are known for glass bottles with distinctive, retro-styled painted ceramic labels." -Wikipedia
Website: http://www.boylanbottling.com/

Impressions:Blech, sugar!!
Too much sugar, way too sweet for my tastes. The excessive sugar vastly overpowers the classic root beer flavor. In fact, it tastes mostly like carbonated liquid sugar with just a hint of sassafras flavoring. It gets points for being sweetened with real cane sugar, but needs to ease off a bit. Okay, a lot.
Could only stomach about half of it before I’d had enough. Won’t be getting this one again.

002. Boylan Bottleworks Root Beer

Per 12oz bottle:
…170 Calories
…42g sugar
…35mg sodium

Ingredients:
Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, natural yucca extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate

About Boylan Bottling Company:
"Boylan Bottling Company is an American gourmet soft drink manufacturer. They were located in Haledon, New Jersey from the late 1950s until 2001 and then moved to Clifton for a short time before moving to Moonachie, New Jersey, where they are currently located. The Boylan Bottling Company brand was registered in 1891 and has been in operation for over 100 years. Boylan uses cane sugar in their drinks (unlike most other American beverage manufacturers which have switched to high fructose corn syrup).  Boylan’s first product was birch beer, formulated in 1891 in Paterson, New Jersey, by pharmacist William Boylan. Boylan products are known for glass bottles with distinctive, retro-styled painted ceramic labels." -Wikipedia

Website: http://www.boylanbottling.com/

Impressions:
Blech, sugar!!

Too much sugar, way too sweet for my tastes. The excessive sugar vastly overpowers the classic root beer flavor. In fact, it tastes mostly like carbonated liquid sugar with just a hint of sassafras flavoring. It gets points for being sweetened with real cane sugar, but needs to ease off a bit. Okay, a lot.

Could only stomach about half of it before I’d had enough. Won’t be getting this one again.

8 notes Tags: Boylan Bottleworks root beer soda sodas pop pops drinks drink refreshments beverage beverages refreshment

Jun 22 '11
001. FAYGO
My very first beverage review features FAYGO!
Recently I got into the webccomic Homestuck. For those who aren’t  familiar, there’s a character, Gamzee, who, while an alien, is based on  the Juggalos, better known as fans of the group Insane Clown Posse. To  that end, Gamzee drinks, by the two-liter, a brand of soda called Faygo,  which is particularly popular among Juggalos.
Being a huge Homestuck fan and with Faygo becoming an in-joke not  just among Homestuck fans but with a group of my friends as well, I felt  it was my duty (and okay, a bit of a fan-obsession) to check this stuff  out.
About Faygo:
Faygo is a Detroit-based soda company, founded by Ben and Perry  Feigenson in 1907. Starting with fruit punch, grape, and their famous  strawberry (Red Pop), Faygo now comes in over fifty flavors (including  diet versions of many of their favorites) and is distributed in Canada  and the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Central Southern regions of the  United States.
Alas, Faygo is not yet distributed in California, so for me, finding  it comes down largely to specialty stores like BevMo. And lucky for me,  the grocery store just down the street also happens to carry a few  flavors of Faygo. I could also order many flavors online, but I haven’t  done that yet as the shipping costs are pretty prohibitive.
At any rate, with a little hunting, I managed to come up with six different flavors of Faygo to try.
Faygo Red: Hit! This strawberry soda is a bit  creamy, making it sort of a mix between strawberry and crème soda. Very  good, and worth getting again.
Faygo Orange: Hit! Fairly typical orange soda, I suppose. Just good stuff.
Faygo Grape: Hit! Much like the orange, it’s fairly standard grape soda, but it’s good. Like a melted popsicle that’s been carbonated!
Faygo Creme Soda: Miss :( I honestly couldn’t drink  it, and god knows I tried. It has a very strong chemical taste and I  only manage two sips before I was forced to give up.
Faygo Rock & Rye: Hit! It’s an unusual flavor,  sort of between root beer and crème soda, something like sarsaparilla,  but stronger in the rye flavor. That said, it’s very good and I’ll  definitely be buying it again. :D
Faygo Root Beer: Hit! Oh, My. Gosh. This is very  possibly the best root beer I’ve ever had. It’s addicting. An absolute  must-have and a now frequent purchase!
Overall, Faygo is a brand that delivers sugary goodness for a cheap price. With one exception, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried!

001. FAYGO

My very first beverage review features FAYGO!

Recently I got into the webccomic Homestuck. For those who aren’t familiar, there’s a character, Gamzee, who, while an alien, is based on the Juggalos, better known as fans of the group Insane Clown Posse. To that end, Gamzee drinks, by the two-liter, a brand of soda called Faygo, which is particularly popular among Juggalos.

Being a huge Homestuck fan and with Faygo becoming an in-joke not just among Homestuck fans but with a group of my friends as well, I felt it was my duty (and okay, a bit of a fan-obsession) to check this stuff out.

About Faygo:

Faygo is a Detroit-based soda company, founded by Ben and Perry Feigenson in 1907. Starting with fruit punch, grape, and their famous strawberry (Red Pop), Faygo now comes in over fifty flavors (including diet versions of many of their favorites) and is distributed in Canada and the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Central Southern regions of the United States.

Alas, Faygo is not yet distributed in California, so for me, finding it comes down largely to specialty stores like BevMo. And lucky for me, the grocery store just down the street also happens to carry a few flavors of Faygo. I could also order many flavors online, but I haven’t done that yet as the shipping costs are pretty prohibitive.

At any rate, with a little hunting, I managed to come up with six different flavors of Faygo to try.


Faygo Red:
Hit! This strawberry soda is a bit creamy, making it sort of a mix between strawberry and crème soda. Very good, and worth getting again.

Faygo Orange: Hit! Fairly typical orange soda, I suppose. Just good stuff.

Faygo Grape: Hit! Much like the orange, it’s fairly standard grape soda, but it’s good. Like a melted popsicle that’s been carbonated!

Faygo Creme Soda: Miss :( I honestly couldn’t drink it, and god knows I tried. It has a very strong chemical taste and I only manage two sips before I was forced to give up.

Faygo Rock & Rye: Hit! It’s an unusual flavor, sort of between root beer and crème soda, something like sarsaparilla, but stronger in the rye flavor. That said, it’s very good and I’ll definitely be buying it again. :D

Faygo Root Beer: Hit! Oh, My. Gosh. This is very possibly the best root beer I’ve ever had. It’s addicting. An absolute must-have and a now frequent purchase!

Overall, Faygo is a brand that delivers sugary goodness for a cheap price. With one exception, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried!

4 notes Tags: Faygo root beer creme soda orange red strawberry grape purple