BOTW — Stewart’s Root Beer

For some reason the taqueria where we typically get Tuesday night dinner (Taco Tuesday!) never seems to have the non-diet version of Root Beer. Tonight, for the first time in the 5 years we’ve been going there, they finally had it. Woo!

Anyway, it’s appropriate, as I’m skipping the booze for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

I was a bit disappointed to see that while Stewart’s does use natural cane sugar as a sweetener, they still use “natural and artificial flavors”.

It’s a pretty good Root Beer all the same. Could be a bit spicier for me. Still, not as syrupy as some. Carbonation a bit harsher than I’m used to. But, then, I almost never drink carbonated beverages other than beer.

The usual Papalote dinner for me. Chile Verde burrito with pinto beans and guacamole. Of special note is their delicious salsa. It is made with roasted tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, and, I believe, Chile d’Arbol. Spicylicious.

5 thoughts on “BOTW — Stewart’s Root Beer

  1. Erik, I think you’ve got a big typo near the beginning of the piece — somehow you accidentally typed “I’m skipping the booze for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.”

    If I forgot or refused to pack the mobile bar I bring over to the in-laws, I don’t think anyone would let me in the house. You’re a brave man.

  2. I tend to get a bit maudlin around the holidays. A maudlin Erik and alcohol isn’t a great combination.

    My Mom’s hosting the festivities this year, and almost no one else in my family drinks, so it’s not a big deal.

    If I were hosting Thanksgiving or partying with friends, it would be another story.

    If I am called upon to provide a cocktail for the festivities, due to recent publicity, I will have to see if I can’t take a quick trip to Safeway and make a variation on Josey’s Northern Spy.

  3. The use of “natural and artificial” ingredients in probably because of the FDA. The old, original root beer recipe contains sassafras, which was banned by the FDA because it contains safrole, which was proven to cause cancer in lab rats. So you can’t get “all natural” root beer unless you make your own – you can still get sassafras root even though its use in food products is illegal.

    Speaking of “all natural” this is interesting:
    Furthermore, a BATF Natural flavor may contain up to 0.1% of any nonrestricted artificial flavor ingredient. Why is this rule in place? Flavoring alcoholic beverages is difficult. It requires very high levels of flavor to overcome the burn of the alcohol. In some cases, the only thing that will overcome this is artificial flavor ingredients.


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