Tower Root Beer
Sweetener: 100% Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Boston, Massachusetts
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Tower Root Beer was established in Somerville, Massachusetts back in 1914 by Italian immigrants. The family business continued through the 1970’s, after which time production of Tower Root Beer stopped. After a 30-year absence, Tower Root Beer was reintroduced to the New England region.
The name Tower Root Beer comes from the Prospect Hill Tower, a monument to Prospect Hill, which has historical significance in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. When the founder of Prospect Hill Bottling and Soda Water Co. went to register the new company with the Massachusetts Secretary of State, the clerk suggested that a shorter name be used, and asked about the location of the business, “Isn’t that where the Tower is?” With that, the name Tower stuck. A small drawing of the tower is found front and center on the root beer label.
Tower Root Beer is a subtle drink. Its flavor is good, but largely nondescript. Tower has a mellow root beer vibe that finishes with a sweet, honey kiss. Although not bursting with flavor, Tower Root Beer is quite good and certainly worth a try.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.