Death Valley Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Inyokern, California
Purchase Location: Rocket Fizz
On a recent drive from Reno, Nevada to Los Angeles, California I passed a lone building on the side of the road in the middle of the Mojave Desert with an Indian Wells Brewing Company sign. I thought, “this can’t be the where the Indian Wells Brewing Company is located can it?” Well it is. Why is the Indian Wells Brewing Company situated at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range far from civilization? That is the site of the Indian Wells Spring, source of the pure artesian spring water used to make Death Valley Root Beer.
The Indian Wells Spring is a California historic site. Accordingly to the historical marker found there, after five days of travel from the Argus Range, the Manly-Jayhawker parties of 1849 found their first water at the Indian Wells waterhole. Death Valley Root Beer embraces the history of the Indian Wells Spring with its slogan, “A Taste of the Old West,” and its label depicting a Nineteenth Century stagecoach traveling through the rough and barren Mojave Desert.
Death Valley Root Beer is not flashy, but is a solid blue collar root beer. It has a good herbal base with a hint of vanilla. It has a mild bite and its flavor has staying power. Death Valley Root Beer is a fine anytime root beer. I imagine it is especially tasty on a warm Inyokern, California afternoon.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.