Kutztown Birch Beer
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Perhaps the most pleasing part of my quest to find the world’s best root soda is that I have become familiar with the delicious beverage that is birch beer. I was hopeful, then, that Kutztown Birch Beer would be the next in the list of excellent birch beers added to my blog. Kutztown Birch Beer has the same presentation as the rest of the Kutztown sodas, displaying a fine German theme. As always, Kutztown’s label includes a poem. Unlike the Kutztown Root Beer poem which to me is intelligible, Kutztown Birch Beer’s makes sense and sings the praises of the soda. It states:
Say now, no one can resist the spell of Kutztown Birch Beer, Pennsylvania’s finest. Share a frosty mug with your special someone and just watch them fall in love. Drink to your health!
Kutztown Birch Beer was traditionally made from birch oil distilled from the sap of the black birch tree. Today it is made “from the finest birch oil available.” It could be that the other birch beers I have tasted are frauds, not made with the finest birch oil. However, for some reason, this soda using the finest birch oil available just did not live up to the standard set by some of the other sodas. Kutztown Birch Beer tastes more like a root beer than a birch beer. It has a strong root bite. There is a slight birch flavor, but it is overcome by the strong root bite. Those who like strong root beer should enjoy this brew, but it was not what I was expecting.
Overall Score: 6 of 10.