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Mountain Fresh Premium Apple & Guava Juice

Mountain Fresh Premium Apple & Guava Juice

I just got home from spending over two weeks in Australia. The only thing I want to talk about are the animal sanctuaries. We went to one in Perth and I spent hours there hanging out with all of the weirdest critters. I held a koala, for an unusually long time as the attendant just walked into a building. No complaints there. I also hung out with what I can only assume equaled a million kangaroos and wallabies. They are so damn docile there and just want to hang out and eat the food you give them all day. I was more than happy to comply. There were also so many rad birds. I booped a dingo on the nose and he loved it. It was all so great that two days later I dished out the money to go to another one and repeat my experience. Life was great. I would have gone every day if I had the chance. I would have also followed up each trip with a bottle of this amazing juice.

This was probably mostly apple juice, but the guava tastes so strong that it took over the beverage. It was exactly what I wanted it to be. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if it was fresh squeezed. If that was an option I never would have flown home. I would have lived a homeless existence in a foreign country just to be able to get that juice on a regular basis.

Why hasn’t guava been the hot fruit of the season yet in the States? It’s a superior fruit, but it’s not commonly used to flavor things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fresh one in a store. America rectify this mistake and make my taste buds as happy as Australia did.

Website
http://www.mountainfreshfruitjuices.com.au/
Country
Australia
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on June 26th, 2017
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Point Premium Vanilla Cream

Point Premium Vanilla Cream

Point brewery makes a less than stellar root beer, but they certainly know their cream sodas. This is what I expect a product from the wonderful state of Wisconsin to deliver. It has a very strong vanilla flavor that is somehow improved by the addition of a little honey. Honey and vanilla certainly play well together and this soda gave me just what I was looking for this afternoon. It’s fairly sweet, but it’s not too much.

After drinking this I really need to grab another bottle of that root beer and give it a second chance the next time I’m in Wisconsin (actually that might be next week). This is one of the better cream sodas, sorry vanilla cream, that I’ve ever tasted and I hope that crosses over into their other sodas as well.

Website
http://www.pointbeer.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on February 3rd, 2016
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Point Premium Root Beer

Point Premium Root Beer

A vast majority of the people in the United States, let alone the world know of the wonder that is the state of Wisconsin. It’s famous for cheese and beer, two things that I couldn’t care less about, yet it may be my favorite state. I know it’s probably all in my mind, but it feels like a simpler place where everyone is friendly (Well, except Milwaukee. I’ve almost gotten into a fight with Nazis there, have witnessed a drug deal gone wrong, and played a house that had a drive by a few weeks prior). I have had conversations with people about how a band could do a two week tour of just the state playing all of the wonderfully named towns. I also played my best game of Galaga ever in a laundromat in Appleton. If all of this isn’t enough for you, they also have the grocery store chain Woodmans, which comes in second after Wegmans in my world.

Another thing that Wisconsin has is a decent amount of breweries that make sodas. I came across Point in a cheese shop that my traveling companions wanted to stop at, and was excited to pick up a few flavors. Later that night I decided to enjoy this root beer while I ate one of the most disappointing calzones of my life (not in Wisconsin). On paper this should be a wonderful soda. It’s small batch brewed, it’s sweetened with Wisconsin honey and it has real vanilla in it. Unfortunately all of these great things somehow couldn’t save this root beer. Things started pleasantly enough it’s nice and creamy but then there was something lingering underneath. It wasn’t anything that made me dump out the bottle, but it tasted off, almost burnt. I checked some other review sites and everyone else seems to love this root beer, so I’m left wondering if I got a bad batch, or if the bottle was old. If I ever come across it again I will pick up another bottle and give it a second chance, because it’s from Wisconsin, and it has premium ingredients. I just don’t want to accept that this isn’t good.

Website
http://www.pointbeer.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on November 12th, 2015
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Fitz's Premium Hip Hop Pop

Fitz's Premium Hip Hop Pop

This is not an original thought, but think of the world 40 or so years from now. A good portion of the elderly population will be covered in tattoos, but more interesting than that is the idea of a 90 year old driving around in a car with a bass system jut bumping some sort of hip hop. It’s such a ridiculously wonderful thought that is almost certain to become a reality, well that is unless the world ends, which wouldn’t be a shock either. I’m just going to sit back and laugh about this as I sip on this bottle of Hip Hop Pop. I’m not sure what exactly relates it to the hip hop community, but it’s fun to say. Go ahead, do it a loud. I dare you.

When I drank this I was all sorts of confused. I thought it tasted like a lighter Mr Pibb that was heavy on cherry. A friend thought that it was just a unique cherry soda. Neither of us had any inkling that this was actually supposed to be a berry cola, that was mostly raspberry. When I think about that description I can make out a faint cola taste and the berry is definitely noticeable, but I still get that Pibb taste, but better than the real Pibb. It’s a mystery bottle and apparently everyone gets something different out of it. The nice thing is that everyone seemed to enjoy what they received. I wonder what flavors grace the tongue of Nelly when he drinks it.

Website
http://www.fitzsrootbeer.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Pure Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 3rd, 2015
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Fitz's Premium Coffee Cola

Fitz's Premium Coffee Cola

Tim Kasher is the front-man for both Cursive and The Good Life, as well as a solo artist. Jason was recently on tour with Cursive and Tim was kind enough to review Fitz's Coffee Cola for us.

Cursive just reissued a 10-year anniversary edition of their album "The Ugly Organ."
The Good Life has a new full length coming out this spring.
Tim also has a split 7" coming out with Chris Farren.


Website
http://www.fitzsrootbeer.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Coffee, Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Tim Kasher - Cursive/The Good Life on March 15th, 2015
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Biliner Premium Mineral Water

Biliner Premium Mineral Water

Mark Smits was a famous actor. He rose to stardom after a series of romantic comedies and after that, his stardom just kept rising. He quickly saw the danger in being so famous and influential. People were doing things like carving their names in their arms, getting tattoos of his perfect face on their bodies, and dressing like him at comic book conventions. His friends started to notice it and made him do things to see just how far people would go "in his honor." They would do things like have him go up to people in the streets and say that he'll give them a hug if they grab strangers butts and they would do it without hesitation. He made people get "MARK SMIT" tattood on their knuckles with the leftover "S" on their thumb and a peace sign on the other thumb and people did it and smiled the whole way. To step it up a notch, his friends dared him to start a company with the premise of people buying anything he endorses. The challenge was on.

Mark bought a thousand bottles, went down to the point in city where the trucks dumped all the snow and just filled up the bottles with salty, dirty, melted snow water. People cringed a bit when they drank it but since Mark said that it was cool, so did everyone else. He decided he did not like what he had become and quit acting all together. He decided to take his million of dollars and invest it wisely and spend the rest on doing good in cities around the country. It would all come full circle when he was working across the country at a soup kitchen and a case of his salty snow water came in and the homeless people recognized him from the campaign and made him sign bottles of it. Mark would never be able to escape his unfortunately uber-successful past.

Website
http://biliner.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Water
Rating
1/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on December 3rd, 2013
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Fitz's Premium Grape Pop

Fitz's Premium Grape Pop

We have quite the storm going on in Buffalo, NY right now. I believe in the past two hours I have seen more lightning and heard more thunder than the rest of my life combined. It’s crazy go nuts university out there. Luckily I made it home right before the sky opened up and all of the moisture in all of the air from the entire world dropped on my beloved city. What better way to experience this than by sitting under your covered porch, drinking a nice frosty root beer and listening to The Cure’s Disintegration? Oh you don’t have root beer? Well neither did I actually, and I’d a bit ashamed of that. AS a fill in I decided to go with a cool bottle of Fitz’s grape pop. It might not be as comforting as root beer, and I may not be at a BBQ, but this is one fine bottle of soda. It’s like someone took a standard grape soda and turned it up a few notches. I was actually questioning whether there was real juice in here; there’s not. It just tastes bold and fruity in the right ways. This may be the best grape soda I’ve ever had that wasn’t just sparkling grape juice. To bring this full circle, it’s actually much better than their root beer, which was very standard without the amping up.

The storm is still raging, but my bottle is empty and the album is over. It’s time to call it a night and read some comics. This is how everyone celebrates their birthday, right?

Website
http://www.fitzsrootbeer.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on July 19th, 2013
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Polar Premium Root Beer

Polar Premium Root Beer

Deep in the not so frozen tundra of Worcester, MA there is a factory where the locals have imprisoned a team of polar bears and they force them to make soda pop. They originally made their own beverages, but they realized that they weren't quite up to snuff. So traps and snares were laid and polar bears were transported to the north east of America. Hence he Polar premium line was born. Those bears worked tirelessly on different formulas and recipes until they had created a surprisingly dark root beer with a huge head on it (due to the addition of quiaia extract). It has a nice vanilla flavor, and you can taste bits of caramel in the aftertaste. The problem wasn't making the soda. It was getting people to give it a try. You see, their old line was seen by people as more or less on par with store brand. It was cheap and available everywhere. They knew it would take some time and some marketing, but once people tried the soda they would be hooked, or so the bears told them. As we all know, bears know best. They whispered in my ear what to write in this review. It probably just comes off as the ramblings of a mad man, but who am I to argue with some gigantic polar bears?

Website
http://www.polarbev.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Root Beer, Soda Pop
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on October 21st, 2012
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Briar's Premium Lemon Cream

Briar's Premium Lemon Cream

When I purchased this I thought that the ice cream company of the same name made it. It wasn’t until I was looking up the website that I realized that the ice cream company spells their name Breyers. Oops. It has the same name (different spelling) and it’s a cream based soda. I don’t think I was too far off base. Oh well.

Where Breyers makes quality ice cream, Briar’s makes a mediocre lemon cream soda. I wanted this to be a really creamy cream soda, but instead I got a bottle of lemon soda with trace amounts of cream. Actually, the lemon wasn’t even that strong. This would have been awesome if it was strong lemonade mixed with cream soda, but alas it’s lackluster lemon soda.

Briar’s red birch beer looks pretty great. I can’t wait to try that. Breyer’s Blasts Snickers looks more than great. It looks otherworldly. I should probably mix the two together and lose my mind for a while.


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We received an email from the company asking us where we purchased this because this flavor has been out of production for several years. They also said, "It would be more like an antique bottle with liquid in it than a soda pop!" Ick.

Website
http://www.briars.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Soda Pop
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on January 23rd, 2012
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Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale

Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale

As someone who used to fly semi-often I can tell you that when the flight attendant comes around and asks what kind of drink you want, the only correct answer is ginger ale. I don't know why but airplanes and ginger ale go hand in hand like hot dogs and corn relish. To be honest it's very rare that I partake in a ginger ale when I'm not flying. When I do I just feel like I'm missing out on part of the experience.

I may not be thousands of feet above the Earth right now, but I am still enjoying the heck out of this ginger ale. In fact I believe it may be the best I've ever had. It smells spicy, like a tame ginger beer, but when you take a sip it's all flavor and no burn. In my not so humble opinion it blows your Vernors and Schweppes clear out of the friendly skies. The secret is that it is made with natural gingers and not extracts or artificial flavors. Even though this line is marketed as a mixer for alcoholic drinks, it more than stands up on it's own.

Website
http://www.fever-tree.com/
Country
United Kingdom
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Ginger, Soda Pop
Rating
5/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on December 7th, 2011
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