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  1. #1
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    The results are in on Round 1 of the workplace Root Beer Showdown. Ten of us sampled 11 different brews. Based on the number of ballots that the root beers appeared on and their highest ranking (one point for appearing on the ballot and an additional point for each #1 ranking), there was a clear-cut winner with Frostie coming out on top with seven of ten ballots and five #1 rankings, followed by Hire’s and Dad’s. Sprecher’s was the highest rated microbrew. Shasta and Dr. Brown’s were the only two that didn’t make it onto at least one ballot:

    THE BEST:

    Brand (No. of top 3 ballots; #1 rankings; No. of points; Highest rank)

    Frostie (7; 5; 12; 1)
    Hire’s (4; 2; 6; 1)
    Dad’s (5; 1; 6; 1)
    Sprecher’s (4; 1; 5; 1)
    Virgil’s (3; 1; 4; 1)
    Saranac (3; -; 3; 2)
    Old Dominion (2; -; 2; 2)
    Hansen’s (1; -; 1; 3)
    Root 66 (1; -; 1; 3)

    There were two clear-cut winners (losers?) for worst, with Shasta coming in on the most ballots (nine of ten ballots with two last place votes) and Virgil’s, which got the highest number of last place votes (five of ten ballots and a whopping five last place votes). Tough call, but I’ll have to say Shasta was judged worst, since Virgil’s also made it onto three top three ballots and even got one #1 vote. It easily was the “like it or hate it” brand this time around:

    THE WORST

    Brand (No. of bottom 3 ballots; #11 rankings; No. of points; Lowest rank)

    Shasta (9; 2; 11; 11)
    Virgil’s (5; 5; 10; 11)
    Root 66 (4; 2; 6; 11)
    Hansen’s (6; -; 6; 10)
    Dr. Brown’s (4; 1; 5; 11)
    Hire’s (1; -; 1; 9)
    Saranac (1; -; 1; 9)

    Next up: Root Beer Round 2. Eleven more root beers to try:

    1. Hanks
    2. A&W
    3. IBC
    4. Mug
    5. Chowning’s Tavern
    6. Jones
    7. Abita
    8. Point Premium
    9. Tommyknockers Root Beer Float
    10. Stewart's
    11. Tom's Drive-In
    With thousands of sodas available for the choosing, why drink just one or two?

  2. #2
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    Good job on the root beer show down.

    Even money on A&W making it on the all around top 5 of both part 1 and part 2 show downs. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Don't worry, be happy. Meher Baba

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    You're probably right, Mr. Zabe. If the results of Round One show anything, it's that we like the classic middle-of-the-road root beer flavor like that found in Frostie, Dad's and Hire's. Most of us hadn't had any of those three for quite a while, though, and most had never tried Frostie, since you can't get it in MD. It'll be interesting to see if the trend continues and brews like A&W, Mug and IBC take Round Two or if a premium or microbrew can win out. Of course, I'm pulling for my own homebrew, Tom's Drive-In.
    With thousands of sodas available for the choosing, why drink just one or two?

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    Dont forget Barqs-
    <b>Hey Pepsi, Shasta called, they want their lemon-lime back.</b>

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    Surge,
    Only because I respect you and your opnions....LOL
    Barqs..No,Nota chance..IMO swamp water!!!! LOL
    Zabe

    [ 06-18-2006, 04:20 PM: Message edited by: Mr Zabe ]
    Don't worry, be happy. Meher Baba

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    Yes, make sure you include Barq's...I have to see that! I'm rooting for Mug...I don't have it very often, but when I do, it surprises me every time as to how tasty it is!

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    OK, I'll relent and add Barq's. I shouldn't let my personal dislikes be a reason for exclusion. To me, Barq's is not really a root beer and is almost more like a cola. But other tasters may feel differently.
    With thousands of sodas available for the choosing, why drink just one or two?

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    I guess you are correct TreeTopTom, we Will have to include that coke-made swamp water.
    Some of those who enjoy or like coke would be disappointed if we leave that nasty coke disguised as a root-beer beverage from this competition. It will be interesting to see where it falls.
    Look around at all the plastic people who live without a care. Try to sit with me around my table but never bring a chair.

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    Take it easy bro, we don't want people to think we won't give Barq's a fair shot. It will have to get the same non-commital presentation as all of the rest of the brews no matter how vile we think it is.
    With thousands of sodas available for the choosing, why drink just one or two?

  10. #10
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    TreeTopTom,

    Just a joke, You are right, giving Barg's a fair-shot would only be right, tasting and comparing the differnce between REAL root-beer and swamp gazz is and would be a COMPLETE test. So like you said BARF'S is in!!
    Look around at all the plastic people who live without a care. Try to sit with me around my table but never bring a chair.

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