Somewhere along the line I switched my soft drink preference to diet sodas. Whether the “real” stuff got just too sweet, or my body couldn’t take it anymore (or both), I don’t know
When it comes to root beer, however, diet root beer generally is awful. I was happy to find that Saranac breaks that rule with their diet root beer. It has some sugar in it (about 35 calories per 12 oz worth of corn syrup) plus some of the fake stuff (aspartame). It definitely stands above the rest of the diet root beesr I have tried. Saranac also makes the real stuff, a ginger beer and a Shirley Temple.
Of course, if you want something healthier, I recommend Saranac’s High Peak series.
It doesn’t get much fresher than this… I grabbed some of the first Saranac Octoberfest beer from the brewery today. She even had to fetch them from the back. I think I need to get one in an ice water bath so I can have it tonight.
Also note the cool ADK pint glass. My sister-in-law picked this one up for her friend; they had many other frosted glasses with things like: DAD, OMG, WTF, BEER, and many others. (ADK is for Adirondacks)
Brewed with a special blend of domestic and Belgian malts for a delicate nut-like character, you’ll love this Lager’s rich taste and signature hop aroma. The exceptional full-bodied taste reflects our Brewery’s extraordinary commitment to brewing beers of the highest standard of quality.
Medium-dark brown and clear. Rich aroma with a good bit of nuttiness. The flavor matches the aroma. I never would have pegged this as a lager. It’s good.
Saranac Season’s Best
Our classic German lager has a perfect balance of caramel malt sweetness. Look for a rich, amber color and medium body.
Pale amber with an off-white head; small bubbles. Slight earthy and peppery aroma. A little toastiness in the taste.
Saranac Adirondack Lager
A Bavarian black beer with distinctive carmel [sic] malt sweetness and rich creamy trademark head. Flavorful, yet smooth; it is very drinkable!
Deep, dark brown with reddish-orange highlights. Caramel and malty. Fairly malty but not overly so, with more carbonation than I expected. Pretty good.
Saranac Black Forest
Saranac Pumpkin Ale is brewed with Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves, Ginger and Vanilla. Look for a full-body and amber color.
Golden brown and clear. The cinnamon and cloves dominate the aroma. Medium body and not overly sweet. Complex yet substantive. I like it.
Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Woo-hoo! Only 100 beers left to go!
Saranac Octoberfest is a med-bodied, copper colored lager. It’s rich, malty taste is subtly balanced by Saaz and Tettnang hops. The beer is aged slowly in the tradition of the Octoberfest beers of Munich.
Golden color with a little red. Nice malty aroma. Medium body with a very nice finish. I like it.
A hop lover’s delight. In the India Pale Ale tradition this brew is very hoppy in both aroma and flavor from the generous amounts of cascade hops used in brewing. Look for a medium to full body and golden straw color.
Beer Style: American I.P.A.
Malt Selections: North American two-row
Hop Selections: Cascade
Color: Golden straw color
Mouthfeel / Body: Medium
Food Companions: Seafood, pizza, Mexican
Alcohol By Volume: 5.8%
Original Gravity: 14.50
Clear and pretty amber with two fingers’ worth of head. Grapefruity hops. Pleasantly bitter and refreshing.
I don’t need to tell Ron about this one, since it’s practically brewed in his back yard, but I’ll bet my wife would like it. I know I do.
Saranac India Pale Ale
Today is my fourteenth wedding anniversary. While I don’t think of myself as Hades nor my wife as Persephone, it seems appropriate to have something a bit out of the mainstream today.
It looks like hazy cream soda. Fruity aroma. The fruit is not overpowering, but I don’t know if it really improves the beer. The wheat beer base seems a bit flat. Not bad, but not something I’d go out of my way to get.
Saranac Pomegranate Wheat
Medium brown with plenty of head. Nice malty aroma. A bit of nuttiness in the flavor. Browns generally aren’t my favorite style, but this is pretty good; I’d have it again.
Saranac Brown Ale