Sunday, June 9, 2013

Father's Day Freebie!

My husband has always been root beer connoisseur. When ever we go somewhere that boasts their own recipe or brew, he will always put it to the test. Last father's day, I decided it was time to put HIM to the test with The Great Root Beer Taste Test! Because for some reason, I always associate root beer with dads.  Is that just me?  Or perhaps it is some subliminal association with the actual brand, Dad's.

I bought 6 different brands of root beer, put them in numbered dixie cups and then we rated them based on flavor, fizz, smell, and color, analyzing each one as we blindly tested them out.  We were very surprised by our results, preferring more generic brands over the century old, mountain-brewed flavors (EDIT: My husband says he remembers this completely differently, ha ha. I'll just say I speak for myself here). Although, being over here in the east coast we didn't have access to our time-tested favorite, Henry Weinhard's (I looked into buying some on amazon, but I wasn't prepared to pay $60+$25 shipping for a 6 pack when I know I could just stop by Winco and get it for $3. Sigh.) but I know if that had been a contender it definitely would have taken the cup!

Anyway, if you are looking for a fun activity for Father's Day that you and the kids will enjoy, try this out!  Here are the sheets we used for rating each root beer.  Be sure to properly label your root beers with the cups, so you don't lose track of the winner! We also printed and displayed the above poster to make it feel all official :) Enjoy!

 Happy almost Father's Day everyone!


  1. Thanks again! Henry Weindhard's is our favorite too, but I'm going to have to try a blind taste test to be sure;)

  2. If you ever find yourself in Chicago, my husband's FAVORITE root beer is Goose Island root beer. Occasionally for holidays, I pay the huge amount of shipping just to get him that box of 24 - worth every penny to him.

  3. Love this handout, I will definitely be using it for Fathers Day!! We love root beer in the other Washington too! In fact we have a store dedicated to all things root beer...The Root Beer Store has over 100 different kinds that would be perfect for this challenge. Thanks so much for creating such a terrific handout to share, it is darling!

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  5. I am very happy to bump into this article. Having the chance to stay in the United Kingdom i have a rough idea how someone would be so excited about brewing beer. It reminds me of my time there