Sunday, October 28, 2012
Anchor ginger root beer
(from the bottle) "As tribute to all the Sea Dogs and Scallywags looking for adventure on the high seas, Anchor has the sweet tase of root beer with a soothing touch of ginger to help keep you sailing all day - Enjoy!"
Product details: 12 fl. oz. Bottled by & under the authority of Orca Beverage Soda Works, Mukilteo, WA 98275. 170 calories, 43g sugar. Glass bottle with twist off top. www.orcabeverage.com
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural & artificial flavors, caramel color, phosphoric acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative).
My thoughts: Anchor lives up to its name, for just as an anchor vanishes quickly when dropped into the water, so the flavor similarly disappears upon consumption. There is a nice, subtle ginger taste and which gets stronger as an aftertaste, never overpowering, but it can't make up for lack of substance in the other flavors. Carbonation is okay, but not nearly as aggressive as it could be, especially considering this drink claims to be for "Sea Dogs and Scallywags looking for adventure on the high seas". I like the ginger part of this drink, but unfortunately the rest of it isn't worthy of that one good attribute. Anchor would be best used if you just toss it over the side of the ship. Wait, strike that. I'd hate for this to float away like some message in a bottle, only to wash up on shore of a deserted island where a shipwrecked sailor finds this root beer and excitedly drinks it down, thinking he is going to get a fresh, tasty brew. No, no. The disappointment of it's taste would likely be too much for his downtrodden spirits and he would abandon all hope, and I'd hate to be the cause of such despair and agony. Instead, just pour it down the toilet, bypassing your digestive system, cause it's going to just end up in the sewer one way or another.