Polar Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Worcester, Massachusetts
Purchase Location: Cost Plus World Market
Polar Beverages traces it roots to a New England seltzer and ginger ale bottler formed in 1882. By the early 20th century, the company had merged with other local businesses and liquor sales became its main enterprise. Upon the enactment of Prohibition, Polar Beverages ceased the profitable sale of alcohol and refocused on its ginger ale and spring water sales. Following the repeal of Prohibition, Polar Beverages remained focused on soft drink and water sales. Today, Polar Beverages claims to be the country’s largest independent soft-drink bottler.
Polar Root Beer has a simple but effective design. The focal point of the bottle is the profile of a polar bear. Right above the polar bear, evoking the icy-cold conditions that make an ideal root beer, is the world POLAR. The clear bottle lets you see the dark brown root beer color and the dark root beer head.
Speaking of root beer head, Polar Root Beer is notable for its unusually dark and frothy head. It is very even-flavored with no changing flavors or surprises. The constant flavor it does produce is satisfying, sweet, and smooth. I would be happy to have Polar Root Beer in my regular rotation.
Overall Score: 8 of 10.