Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Portland, Maine
Purchase Location: Raley’s Supermarket
The story of Capt’n Eli’s began in the early 1920’s with the Forsley family tradition of making homemade root beer. Young Eli pilfered his father’s root beer supply, selling it around the neighborhood. Young Eli grew up, becoming Dr. Eli Forsley, and he continued the family root beer tradition with his family in Maine. In 1994, Eli’s son started Shipyard Brewing Company, which began brewing the family root beer two years later. Their root beer started selling well in Maine, but they knew their root beer had made the big time when Capt’n Eli’s became the only soda in the world to inspire a graphic novel adventure story – The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli.
The Capt’n Eli label shows young Capt’n Eli donning a rain slicker, rowing his pilfered root beer booty across the rough seas, guided by his first mate, a macaw parrot. Is this root beer worth pilfering and rowing across the sea? Does it merit protection from a sharp beaked, tropical fowl? Yes. Capt’n Eli has a creamy wintergreen flavor. But unlike some other root beers which have a light wintergreen taste, Capt’n Eli’s is a dark, molasses wintergreen. I liked this dark flavor, feeling that it kept the root beer grounded, earthy, and rooty. Support the Forsley family and give their brew a try.