Thanks For The Good Times, Dublin Dr. Pepper

If you follow food news at all you probably heard about big Dr. Pepper shutting down the famous small town bottler of Dublin Dr. Pepper. This news really saddened me. I certainly prefer a good root beer to Dr. Pepper but sometimes you just need something different and Dublin Dr. Pepper was a fine example of a mainstream soda done right.

Today I’m slowly sipping one of my last two bottles of Dublin Dr. Pepper. I received a six pack for Christmas. For weeks I’ve let those last two bottles sit in the fridge. It was hard to open this one knowing that once it was open I would be down to just one final bottle of this classic beverage.

Oh sure, I know Dr. Pepper sells their own version with real cane sugar, but there’s something special about drinking it in a Dublin bottle and knowing that it came from a small bottling plant that had been the sole proprietor of Dublin Dr. Pepper for many years.  I can still get that classic Dr. Pepper taste but nothing will ever be able to capture the elusive “Dublin feel.” The feeling of knowing that in buying a bottle you were supporting a small family business. The feeling of knowing that the six pack sitting in your fridge was helping keep a small Texas town in jobs and on the map. The feeling of being a part of one of the most special traditions in the wide world of soda pop.

So I say farewell to Dublin Dr. Pepper in the best way I know how: savoring my last bottles  on a surprisingly warm Kansas afternoon in January. Cheers, to Dublin Dr. Pepper and the people who kept this fine soda pop tradition alive for so long. Thanks for the good times. Thanks for the memories.

Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda

In the spirit of Christmas I am posting a review of a beverage that is not a root beer but will likely catch your eye if you see it while out doing some last minute Christmas shopping.

Bottle and Label: The bottle and label are in the same vein as Maine Root’s Root Beer. It has a brown bottle and label that trumpets the organic and fair trade ingredients.

Ingredients: Carbonated pure water, organic fair trade certified cane juice and spices.

Smell: There is a decidedly fruity smell from the bottle that is even more pronounced after being poured.

Carbonation: Medium level of carbonation that feels good in the mouth.

Color: Pale orange.

Head: Medium head the dissipates very quickly.

Flavor: The flavor tastes nothing like pumpkin pie. There are some hints of the spices you might find in a pumpkin pie but other than that it does not live up the billing. It also leaves a decidedly bitter aftertaste almost like you would find in a diet drink that is not sweetened with real sugar.

Conclusion: Unfortunately, my first non-root beer review is hard to recommend. Sure it has all the fair trade and organic stuff on the label to make you feel good about buying it, but you won’t feel good about drinking it. Still, if you are feeling adventurous and you like oddly flavored beverages, this might appeal to you. However, I think most people would agree with me that this beverage is a novelty that is better seen than tasted. This is unfortunate considering the high marks that I gave the Maine Root Root Beer.

RBR’s Grade- D