White Rose Root Beer
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Los Angeles, California
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Galco’s Old World Grocery is quaint soda pop mecca located in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California. Galco’s, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, has more than 700 sodas available at its storefront and through its website at www.sodapopstop.com. My daughter and I eagerly loaded up on root beers, sarsaparillas, and birch beers on a recent father-daughter road trip to Los Angeles.
Our haul included White Rose Root Beer from Galco’s own private line of sodas, commissioned by Galco owner John Nese (whom we met and who was quite nice). The White Rose name and label are recreations of a Highland Park water and soda bottling company which began operations in the early 1900s.
Galco’s website describes White Rose Root Beer as “a full-bodied root beer with more of a sarsaparilla than sugary finish.” I describe it as a root beer with a fruity, slightly floral tinge. The flavor goes well with the White Rose name. The fruit tinge tastes a little like the fruity flavor in Dr. Pepper. To finish the taste experience, a root beer bite breaks through. The fruit/root beer pairing is both unique and agreeable. White Rose Root Beer is a nice treat and a good reason to visit Galco’s Old World Grocery.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.