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Hard Soda /5.5% ABV / Missouri, United States

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Hard Soda
Missouri, United States
Tasting Notes
Flavored, Sweet, Syrupy, Thick
Food Pairing
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
50-55° F

Product description

We call our Root Beer mission “Throw back a throwback.” Delicious, easy-drinking BEST DAMN Root Beer is aged on real vanilla beans during the brewing process for a full-flavored, well-balanced take on one of our favorite classic tastes.

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Community reviews

32 Reviews
  • Hayden
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    Verified Buyer

    Was not in stock but we changed it

  • Natasha M.

    I can imagine beer drinkers don't like this. They are not the ones to ask! We root beer lovers were thrilled that it did NOT taste like beer. Even my 85 yr old mother loved it!

  • Soren K.
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    Nastiest thing I have drank. Waste of money.


Hard soda is simply an alcoholic beverage — sometimes even a craft beer — that’s made in the same style as a soft drink. Other names for hard soda include adult soda, fermented soda, flavored beer and alcohol soda, all of which get to the main point: it’s soda with alcohol, sweetened with cane sugar. Most hard sodas are simply carbonated drinks mixed with beer, providing a unique flavor that’s not unlike a cocktail mixer you might create at a minibar. As such, hard sodas are a relative newcomer in the category of craft beers, and there’s a lot of room for creativity.
Hard soda can come in a variety of flavors, but your average can is likely to taste like a brown ale that’s been supplemented with just the right amount of natural cane sugar. The dark ale’s spirit is there: caramel, malt, bitterness. And then on top of it is that soda-like layer of sugary sweetness plus something else, a spice perhaps, something that adds a subtle finishing note to the flavor. Of course, your experience will vary based on which hard soda you try, but generally, you can expect the complexities of a beer plus the fun of soda.
Hard sodas tend to range between 4 and 8% alcohol by volume (ABV), putting them a bit higher than your average beer, which weighs in around 5% ABV in most cases. Hard sodas tend to have a lighter body than most beers, but they are processed in a way that doesn’t reduce the alcohol content too significantly. Some of the most popular hard soda flavors include lemonade, cherry, orange and root beer, though you can find varieties in a huge number of different flavors.
Hard sodas go well with lots of different foods thanks to the wide range of flavors they offer. For instance, if you’re drinking an orange hard soda, try pairing it with poultry. Orange hard soda’s citrusy sweetness complements most treatments of chicken, particularly when it has been marinated. If you’re going with hard sodas that are heavier on the brown ale flavor, try pairing them with meats like lamb and steak, as well as roasted vegetables.
The highball glass is the glass of choice to enjoy a hard soda. This skinny tumbler is the go-to for tall cocktails that contain a significant amount of alcohol-free mixers (such as soda). It’s perfect for filling with ice cubes and keeping your drink fizzy. A highball glass often gets confused with a Collins glass. These two are quite similar, but a Collins glass is taller and skinnier. Just so you don’t get options paralysis, both are great choices for hard soda.
On average, you can expect a 12 oz. serving of hard soda to have 192 calories and around 28 grams of carbs. Compare that with your average 12 oz. glass of beer, which has 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs, and you can see that hard soda charges a higher fee for its sumptuous pleasures. But think of what you’re getting in exchange: delicious malted goodness, pure cane sugar, flavors ranging from lemonade to orange to cherry to root beer and beyond. Also — those 28 grams of carbs are significantly less than you’d get in a 12 oz. can of Coke.

Drizly's take

Round off a meal with the sweet-tasting BEST DAMN Root Beer. Master brewers age this beverage on real vanilla beans to give it a toasty scent and satisfying flavor. This aged root beer contains 5.5% ABV, and it adds a fun-filled boozy touch to this classic beverage. Enjoy the complex notes of this North American drink that include hints of botanicals alongside the bold flavor of sweet vanilla.

If you're looking for a few ways to enjoy this 5.5% ABV beer, we have some suggestions. Pour it over fresh ice (as in not the ice you used in your cocktail shaker) to enjoy a refreshing summer drink, or mix it up with your favorite liquors to create fun cocktails. Since this flavored root beer pairs with a variety of spirits, it's a fantastic bar mixer. It matches well with rum since both drinks share a vanilla flavor. To showcase the taste of this hard soda, try blending it with a shot of vodka. Spiced rum highlights the aromatic herbs in this root beer for flavorful cocktails. Sample this timeless brew by clicking these links to search for Drizly in your city and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.

-This easy-drinking beer is aged on real vanilla
-Features a sweet taste with bold hints of vanilla
-Tastes excellent on its own as a dessert drink
-Blends well with a variety of liquors, so it's a versatile bar mixer

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