Faygo Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Detroit, Michigan
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Brothers Ben and Perry Feigenson, bakers and Russian immigrants, started Feigenson Bottling Works in Detroit, Michigan in 1907. Feigenson Bottling Works’ three original flavors, grape, strawberry, and fruit punch, were based on the Feigenson brothers’ cake frosting recipe. In the 1920’s, during a time when the brothers began home soda seliveries by way of a Ford truck, they decided that to shorten the name Feigenson Bottling Works to Faygo. Today, Faygo continues to operate out of Detroit as Faygo Beverages, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Beverage Corporation.
Faygo Root Beer comes in a clear glass bottle, showing its bark brown root beer color. Faygo’s label is nothing to write home about. Its one defining quality is the Faygo shield. The shield is in the shape of a slightly smooshed heart, the top of the round mounds being somewhat flattened. On the top of the shield rests a small crown. The Faygo shield looks like it could have been used by the company since its early days.
Named the best tasting root beer in the September 2009 issue of Bon Appétit magazine, out of the six tested, Faygo is a crisp root beer. It is yet another root beer in the business of providing a classic, straightforward root beer taste. Faygo is creamy and even. No big surprises with this root beer, but it will not disappoint either.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.