Gale’s Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Riverwoods, Illinois
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Gale Gand is a woman who wears many hats. She is a pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, mother, and root beer maker. Years ago, Gale was working in England and had no access to root beer. She got a little brown terrier and named him Rootie, but she had to wait until her return to the United States to enjoy a cold root beer. Not only did Gale drink root beer upon her return, she also started making root beer to sell in her restaurants.
Rootie is featured on the Gale’s Root Beer label alongside a young girl, likely a young Gale or Gale’s daughter. The girl is holding a bottle of root beer while withstanding a gale (see the fun word play?). The label has the feel of a homemade labor of love, not of a mass produced soda.
Gale’s Root Beer is made with cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla extract. Of those three ingredients, the cinnamon had the most pronounced flavor. The cinnamon was not overwhelming, but mixed well with the tasty root beer base. My one complaint about Gale’s Root Beer is that neither the cinnamon nor the root beer flavors were long lasting. They dissipated too quickly. Still, I enjoyed Gale’s Root Beer.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.