After previously looking at Sioux City Sarsaparilla, we continue to explore the root beer genre by sipping from a bottle of Sioux City Birch Beer.
Like most Sioux City products, Birch Beer comes in a 12 oz glass bottle, in this case, clear. The drink is dark brown in color with a slight hint of red. Scent is bitter root beer-ish, while the iconography on the bottle seems to showcases sword-wielding riders. Go cavalry!
From a flavor perspective, birch beers are much like root beer, but tend to be more “developed” in flavor palate, with bolder spices and more bitter flavors. We’re quite partial to Boylan Birch Beer (and its spinoff, Boylan’s Creamy Red Birch Beer).
In the case of Sioux City, the drink is still quite sweet (using cane sugar), but there’s a definite aftertaste the hints at wintergreen. Carbonation is moderate, which is welcomed, as it allows the flavor to really shine through. A medicinal, birch-y flavor is quite obvious through the experience.
Overall, this is a solid entry and, in my opinion, a superior root beer-like beverage than their existing Sarsaparilla entry, despite featuring a lot of “artificial flavors,” per the ingredients. The complex flavor profile makes it a more premium experience. The fact that it blends just the right combination of sweet/bitter makes it more approachable for the casual customer. Thumbs up!
Sioux City Birch Beer
Purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, artificial flavors, carmel color, citric acid, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), artificial color (Red #40)
A 12 oz bottle contains 180 calories, 45 mg sodium, and 45 g carbs (43 g sugars).