Phillips Brewing is no longer catering solely to adults; they have now branched out in to soda making as Phillips Soda Works. So far they’ve launched their Intergalactic Root Beer and their Sparkmouth Ginger Ale and lucky you, they are #10 of the 12 Eat Drink Be Local Christmas Gifts of 2012.
What I liked about their sodas is the fact that they keep it real and use ingredients that you can easily pronounce and understand, unlike some mainstream sodas. Everything is listed on the bottle and instead of reading “natural flavours” and “color” you’ll see cane sugar, carbonated water and natural herbs and spices. Their approach to the craft of soda mirrors their approach to brewing beer, as the recipes were designed from the ground up using only natural ingredients.
The Intergalactic Root Beer is represented by a Spaceship. Does that mean that it is out of this world? That’s for you to decide. It’s not your average root beer though, I can tell you that much. Mimicking the bartenders who served Yosemite Sam as he trounced in, yelling “Sarsaparilly, make it snappy”, they too use sarsaparilla to create the flavorful, carbonated beverage. This root-derived ingredient gives it that authentic root beer taste that is often neglected in common Root Beers. As I drank it, I noticed the sweet, velvety taste of the Madagascar bourbon pure vanilla extract and the thick, slightly spicy molasses.
Sparkmouth Ginger Ale is represented by a dinosaur/Godzilla-like creature. I associate the mascot with the spicy taste this soda leaves in your mouth that may make you feel like you’ve just blown fire. Dinosaurs do that right? The ginger is the soda is strong, and not for the “I sort of like ginger” types. This was the thickest ginger ale I’ve ever had, largely due to the unfiltered mouthful courtesy of the hand mashed ginger inside. You can see it, and you can taste it. To balance the spice, the raw cane sugar sweetens it up naturally like you’ve stirred it up with actual sugarcane.
Where to Buy
Phillips Sodas can be purchased at their retail shop at 2010 Government Street in Victoria, BC.
You can a package Phillips gift package, included in a basket of our 12 Eat Drink Be Local Christmas Gifts of 2012 (valued at $400+) beautifully packaged by Saul Good Gift Baskets just in time for Christmas by entering our giveaway below.
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Contest ends December 20 at 12:01 am. Two winners will be drawn at 9:00am on December 20, 2012. Contestants must be over 19 years and a resident of British Columbia, Canada to be eligible.