Left to Right: Dr. Browns Original, IBC, Sprecher, Music City 2nd Avenue, Hank’s Gourmet
We have mentioned many times throughout reviews on this site that root beer is an incredible pairing with a cigar. Having only ever tried a few brands, we decided it was high time we grab a few varieties and see which we liked the most. We’re fans of IBC and massive fans of Sprecher, but didn’t want our bias to impact our decision making. The other three root beers were new to both of us.
So, while Nick and I enjoyed the Arturo Fuente Rosado Magnums you see above, a kind helper poured glasses of root beer at random and brought them out to us. The only thing missing was somebody rubbing our feet and fanning us with grape leaves.
And which root beer reigned supreme? Let’s find out…
Brand: Cohiba Country: Cuba
Size: BHK 54 – 5.7 x 54 Wrapper: Cuba
Price: ~$40 No.Smoked: 1
The Label Factor:
I take back everything I said about the Opus X; THIS is the cigar label I dream about. From the holograms to the raised letters on the band, the Behike oozes style and class. Placed around a flawless Cuban wrapper, the legendary appearance cements the sticks legendary status. Take a look at this photo to get a full view of the front and back.
Brand: Drew Estate Country: Nicaragua
Size: 5.5 x 54 Wrapper: San Andreas
Price: $8.00 (Buy) No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
I don’t think it’s unfair to say the ACID line has a purposeful design. When you walk into a cigar shop, it wouldn’t be surprising if the ACID sticks are the first you’ll notice. From the large font, to the glossy sheen, to the tobacco leave scraps that surround the sticks in their box; these cigars are meant to be noticed.
Brand: Anchor Brewing Price: $17.99
I’ve loved the idea of trying Anchor Brewing beers for quite some time. I blame their website, which contains some of the most appetizing beer photographs you’ll find. However, due to a less than stellar beer selection at my disposal, I’ve only been able to find a sixer of the original Anchor Steam Beer. Then, one day, I walk into my go-to shop for craft beer and see a Anchor Brewing Craft Originals sampler smiling at me. Well, of course, I bought it without a second thought. In this twelve pack, you get three each of four Anchor brews: Anchor Steam Beer, Liberty Ale, Porter and Wheat Beer. In addition to the beers, you’ll get a two-sided sheet containing info on each of the beers and a tasting guide for you to rate and make notes. You can then frame the sheet and put it on your wall – but be aware that you are weird if you do… Let’s take a look and see if this sampler is worth your time and money.