Disclaimer: the following is not the reason why I like 黑松沙士, Hey-Song Sarsaparilla soft drink (Taiwanese Root Beer)
A blogger said Hey Song was akin to a really bad phosphate, a cross between root beer and flouride mouth wash… I like to think Hey-Song is/was the reason why I prefer root beer to any other CSD (carbonated soft drink) besides Mexican Coke.
With that in mind, you’ll understand my pleasant surprise when I read this post earlier last month (October ’08). I knew of this joint, but had forgotten all about it since moving back to LA. And then it found me. And then I found IT! Even more brilliant is the fact Real Soda in Real Bottles is a hop and a skip away from work!
No detailed taste test here because I haven’t sampled the 5 root beers, but let’s just say Boylan’s is like drinking PURE effin sugar cane. You think Mexican Coke is sweet/calorific at 150 calories per serving? no man, Boylan’s Root Beer
OWNS destroys your sweet tooth at 170 calories per 12 oz bottle and 42, that’s FORTY TWO grams of sugar. Hey, at least it’s sugar cane and not HFCS…
Part of the AWESOMENESS of my purchase involves a famous pastry chef, a partner of an elite husband/wife chef team, from Chicago: Gale Gand. She’s been brewing her own root beer to serve at their restaurants for years, but I never had the (mis?)fortune of dining at Tru/Tramonto’s so.. I had to have a bottle. Here’s a picture (mine’s coming):
The other AWESOMENESS is the highly touted Sparkys root beer.
What warrants a discussion for all who are interested purchasing soft drinks from Real Soda is the fact that, hard as they may pretend, there is no garage band feel to this wholesale outfit. It’s in an industrial part of Gardena, your chance of seeing someone who might be able to help you at the front door is 50/50, and your chance of reaching a customer service rep is also 50/50. You have to buy in cases of 24, but somehow, due to my beyond-luck, a case of 5 mixed products eventually ended up in my trunk, tho not without multiple visits involving 2 extended lunches.
In regards to my selection, Boylan’s, Sparky’s and Rat Bastard are all available @ BevMo. Unless you’re buying in cases, unless you’re buying VERY rare root beer, there is no real reason to come to Real Soda and deal with the purchasing headache.
Real Soda in Real Bottles
2140 W 139th St
Gardena, CA 90249
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