It’s no secret that my default drink pairing with a cigar is root beer. In fact, I’d be surprised if I’ve mentioned that fewer than a dozen times throughout my reviews. I’m a little bit scared to do a search for root beer on the site. The results could be embarrassing.
Due to my affinity for the sweet drink while smoking, I got incredibly excited when a local cigar and beer shop, Woody’s Smokes and Brews, got this Bootlegger’s Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer in stock. After getting out of work, I raced to grab a 4-pack before the sold out.
As excited as I was to bust one of these open, I was also a bit hesitant. The last time I had a drink like this was the Jack Daniel’s Hard Cola, which I despised. Thankfully, the Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer is nothing like that.
If you have had regular root beer, you know what to expect here. That sweet, rich and creamy cola taste is front and center, but you can tell something extra is lurking. That “Bourbon Barrel” in the name is no coincidence, with a nice oak and wood flavor coming through. And really, in the world of adult root beer, this is exactly what I was looking for. Drinking root beer is awesome for a cigar but I also want to feel like an adult. The Bootleggers Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer is the perfect solution to that problem. With any luck, I’ll be able to find it on a regular basis.
I haven’t found many cigars that don’t pair well with root beer, but I think this would go especially well with sticks that carry significant spice. Sticks with a more earthy profile that could use a little sweetness and balance are prime targets. Here are some picks:
If you try any of these pairings, let us know what you thought in the comments section below!