Dig Baton Rouge

The Drink

By Matt Starlight

Coming out of the Small Town Brewery of Wauconda, IL, is a brew that seems to be sweeping the nation that would be perfect for your (21+) little brother and grandfather just the same. Although it’s called Not Your Father’s Root Beer, I’m fairly confident he’d enjoy a bottle of these suds, too.

Pour it in a glass for a blind taste test and you’d struggle to tell the difference between this and the more innocent drink that barreled out of the vending machine in elementary school. The beauty of the beer is just how un-alcoholic it actually tastes, but how undeniably boozy the side effects are. At 5.9 percent ABV, the beer is nothing to be trifled with, and yet I’ve never been more confident in anything in my life that it will be and that a nasty hangover will follow shortly for anyone who doesn’t heed this warning.

Again, in the glass, it’s hard to tell the difference between this and it’s more boring cousin. The dark brown color is there, the fizz is there, and the vanilla scent with a touch of smoked wood is there as well. Take a sip and nothing’s changed: exactly as root beer-y and delicious as your typical can of soda pop. It goes down so smooth that even those who struggle with Smirnoff could down a couple of these in record time. See: hangover warning above.

What we’ve got here is a delicious, powerful new beer that’s as tough to come by in stores as it is to put down, so if you see a pack, grab it and save it for a rainy, sunny, muggy, or any kind of day you could use a smooth, sweet, root beer buzz.

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