Foxon Park Root Beer
Bottled at: East Haven, Connecticut
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Foxon Park Beverages, Inc. is an East Haven, Connecticut family owned business founded back in 1922. The name Foxon Park comes from the street Italian immigrant and Foxon Park founder Matteo Naclerio lived on at the time his soda company began. Today the company, which still remains in the family, has a fairly sizable line of 18 varieties of soda. Its more unique offerings include Iron Brew (a Scottish drink), Gassosa (a lemon-lime flavored Italian soda, not to be confused with Foxon Park Lemon-Lime), and Foxon Park White Birch.
The Foxon Park Root Beer ingredient list is about as non-descriptive as a list of ingredients can be: carbonated water, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, and sodium benzoate preservative). Natural and artificial flavors encompass pretty much all of the flavors don’t they? Foxon Park employs the frothy root beer mug symbol on its label. The label has an old-time feel, but not a 1920’s old-time feel. Instead, it feels like the label was redesigned in the 70’s or 80’s but has not been redesigned since. One last thought on the design. I am not a fan of labels that have a thin white strip on the top and bottom. It makes me think that the labels were cheap leftovers, found at the bargain basement. Okay, one more last thought on design. The font used for Foxon Park is pretty cool, especially on the capital F and P.
Foxon Park Root Beer is a light, not light in calories, but in flavor, root beer. The light nature of Foxon Park Root Beer is a result of its predominant wintergreen quality. Additionally, Foxon Park Root Beer has slightly malty overtones. I generally prefer darker, herbal root beer over light, wintergreen root beer, and that preference applies here. One thing Foxon Park does hit spot on is the carbonation. It has just the right amount of happy root beer bubble.
Overall Score: 6 of 10.