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Tag: 3/5

This rating is reserved for products that are likable, but are missing a crucial element to make them worthwhile as a daily purchase.

Real Brew Draft Root Beer

Today’s root beer is a real francophone Canadian treat! Real Brew blends tradition and quality; at least that’s how it’s described on the label. I’m not sure why the name and tagline duo puts me on edge. I don’t understand why a root beer drink needs to identify itself as a “Real Brew” based on tradition and quality. Isn’t that a given? Is that supposed to be the convincer? The other day I was wondering why so many fantastical mixtures exist for alcohol drinkers, but for teetotalers we’re stuck with syrupy sweet or pre-pending the virgin moniker. I think part…

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Towne Club

Enter Towne Club. Now, you may have read about this brand before when we talked about Frostie, and like Faygo, it’s a Michigan favorite. It might be the most underground Michigan favorite, too. I can’t speak for everyone, but Towne Club is notorious around here for being an affordable alternative to most fruity colas. They’re a direct competitor to Faygo and store brands, and have even taken a run at energy drinks. Hopefully the root beer is as good, or better, than the other Michigan brands. Made With Pure Cane Sugar, That’s Pure Michigan The bottle is huge. We’re talking…

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Wild Bill’s

Oddly enough I didn’t notice this until I had already purchased Wild Bill’s, but it’s apparently made in Northern Michigan. As a Michigander, that’s pretty darn cool. The name alone hearkens back to those old Westerns, which, strangely enough, definitely make you feel at home when considering an ice cold root beer. I’m excited to see what a Michigan brew can provide, but I honestly can’t remember where I picked this one up. Was it Meijer? No, I don’t think so. Possibly Bed Bath & Beyond, if you can believe that one. Actually, if I’m not mistaken, I believe it…



Right off the bat I’d categorize Boylan as a pretty intimidating root beer. Generally speaking, the root beers that I’ve come across have been inviting. Take Frostie, for instance. Everything about it is designed to get you to buy into the root beer fantasy. The name symbolizes a nice cold root beer float, the label has bright inviting colors to catch your eye. The whole package just makes you want to drink it. But Boylan really isn’t doing that, and I’m not sure how to feel. Am I impressed that they don’t need that marketing fluff, or I am I…

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