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Bertsch Beer
The other day, after playing full-court basketball for over two hours, I stopped at Trader Joe's and, severely parched, headed to the small refrigerator case where they sell chilled drinks. Not in the mood for an energy drink and in need of a sugar fix, I grabbed the only alternative, a bottle of Virgil's root beer. It doesn't taste like any other root beer I've had. And some people aren't too keen on the strange overtones in its finish. But I was bowled over. I'm not much of a root beer drinker, either, preferring sarsparilla or, even better, birch beer -- my elementary school nickname, incidentally, which tells you how thoroughly immersed I was in Eastern Pennsylvania culture -- if I'm going to deviate from my usual Coca-Cola-drinking ways. The thing about Virgil's, though, is that the complicated recipe brings it closer to birch beer. There's also the deliciousness of the cane sugar, which is easy to detect, that gives it that extra something that makes Mexican Coca-Cola in glass bottles the Dom Perignon of colas. Anyway, I highly recommend Virgil's, even as I worry that I may become too fond of the taste to maintain my increasingly healthy ways.

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grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: July 16th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ah, Mexican Coca-Cola! Brings back memories of the Hotel Congress's Cup Café (before it became yuppified).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 17th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I missed the pre-yuppifaction era. But I still like The Cup for a burger or breakfast. I like that the breakfast crowd is more "real."
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: July 16th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
sarsparilla, birch beer, and sassafrass are all root beers. I had birch beer on Sat. at a pizza place I went with some friends. Better yet is the black cherry soda! Boylands brand. :-)
mhkrabat From: mhkrabat Date: July 16th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Boylans makes good stuff! Hard to find just any where though
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 17th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They carry them at our upscale market, which also has Faygo in bottles. I go for the "rock and rye" red cream soda in the latter.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 17th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I guess you're right, technically. What gets called root beer is too sweet and lacking in depth for my taste, usually. I've had Boylans. They're good!
mhkrabat From: mhkrabat Date: July 16th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm a big fan of root biers, Bertsch, er, Birch beer and such. also really like the Ginseng sodas...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 17th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too. And Reed's ginger beer. And cream soda. And. . . :-0
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: July 16th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
any idea if food city or someplace sells that mexican coca-cola? i imagine they would but i'm not sure. corn syrup sucks.
grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: July 16th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If you're in Tucson you can often find Mex. C-C at the 17th Street Market.
xxxpunkxgrrlxxx From: xxxpunkxgrrlxxx Date: July 16th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
oh!! great! :) i don't know why i didn't think of that place.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 17th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They also have bottles at El Güero Canelo's locations.
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