Saranac Root Beer
Sweetener: High Fructose Corn Syrup
Bottled at: Utica, New York
Purchase Location: Total Wine & More
Saranac root beer is a product of the Matt Brewing Company. The brewery, which was established in 1888 has been making hand-crafted root beer in small batches for the past thirty years. The brown bottle has a simple scarlet label with the words “Root Beer” emblazoned in yellow. The bottom of the label has a small, antique picture of the brewery.
I first had Saranac several years ago as part of a New Year’s Eve root beer taste test of some 12 root beers. As I recall, I came away from that taste test very pleased with Saranac. My most recent Saranac experience was similarly pleasing. Saranac is a well rounded, delicious root beer. It has a creamy, full, rich flavor. Saranac boasts smooth vanilla overtones without being dominated by its vanilla flavor. Then, Saranac’s aftertaste provides a kick of licorice. However, the licorice kick is perfectly balanced, not too powerful. This is a very good root beer.
I immediately knew that Saranac deserved high score. My only concern was that unlike other gourmet root beers which use cane sugar and other premium sweeteners, Saranac uses high fructose corn syrup. I took my time considering the issue. In the end, I could not penalize Saranac for using high fructose corn syrup. Saranac earned its score based on its terrific taste. I highly recommend this beverage to all.
Overall Score: 9 of 10.