Boylan’s Original Birch Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Teterboro, New Jersey
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
The original 1891 soda created by pharmacist William Boylan in his Paterson, New Jersey, apothecary was Boylan’s Birch Beer. Boylan sold individual cups of Boylan’s Birch from a barrel in the back of a wagon. Today, Boylan’s Original Birch Beer is available in dark brown glass bottles embossed with the year 1891, which serve as the standard by which all other premium root beer brand bottles are measured.
Boylan’s website describes its birch beer as “[d]istinctively minty and sharp, with strong notes of sweet birch and wintergreen oil.” That description is pretty spot on. Boylan’s Birch Beer has a light and fresh wintergreen mint flavor, under-girded by a dark and robust birch. There is not much more to say, other than this is a good tasting beverage.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.