Squamscot Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Newfields, New Hampshire
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Squamscot Old Fashioned Beverages are the product of a family run New Hampshire business dating back to the Civil War. Conner Bottling Works was established in 1863 by William H. Conner when he started producing a tonic he called “Connermade”. Five generations of the Conner family have continued the Squamscot beverage tradition. The unique, and made up sounding, name Squamscot comes from a nearby New Hampshire river.
Squamscot Root Beer’s label is not flashy. Rather, it is a straight forward, informative label which highlights its long-established history in the soda business. For example, this 2014 label declares, “Celebrating 151 years!” Once you get past 150 years, every year should be celebrated. I sure know I would be proud if I lived past 150. The crown jewel of the bottle is the intertwined symbol made from the initials of Conner Bottling Works, found on the bottle cap.
With a 151 year old soda company you can end up with a soda having an ideal recipe which has stood the test of time, a soda which has had 151 years to make small improvements and evolve into a fantastic soda, or a soda which has held fast to its original recipe despite not being that great, and which has somehow avoided being discontinued over the years. Unfortunately, Squamscot Root Beer falls most squarely in the final category. Squamscot is not bad, it is just not significant as a root beer. Root beer should taste like root beer. You should not have to search for the root flavor. Squamscot Root Beer tastes like seltzer water slightly flavored with root beer. That’s fine is you are looking for a root beer flavored carbonated water, but not if you are expecting root beer. I feel like things just got a little intense.
Overall Score: 5 of 10.