Saturday, September 15, 2007

Root Beer Milk

I've recently gotten into the farm-fresh milk in the heavy glass bottles, because it tastes far and away better than all the standard brands of mass-distribution milk. Around my part of Omaha, I can get milk from two local Nebraska farms--Burbach and Legacy. Both are wonderful. Definitely worth the extra cost. I'll never go back to Robert's or Blue Bunny again.

Anyway, these local farms also put out some flavored milk, as well. Chocolate and strawberry, of course, are essentially standard milk flavors. Delicious, but nothing to blog about. However, for today, as my birthday present to myself, I have a bottle of Burbach's root beer milk.

It is brown, a shade or so lighter in color than chocolate milk. Since the base is whole milk, and I'm used to skim, I expect it will be much richer than I'm used to. I'm going to start with just a little tiny cup of it . . .

I'm shaking it first, of course.

Smells good . . . smells really good . . . the root beer smell is very strong, with a powerful dairy current running through it. The scent seems much more like cream than milk.

It is delicious, like a root beer float that has been thoroughly mixed together after all of the ice cream has melted. Honestly, the root beer flavor is not as strong as the scent led me to believe. I could do with a bit more root beer.

On my second cup now. There is . . . not so much an aftertaste as a coating on my tongue. I expect that's more due to the use of whole milk, which is so much thicker than I'm accustomed to.

Final verdict: Good stuff. A little weak for my tastes, but a nice treat.

Although next time I'll just get plain milk and mix it with cane-sugar root beer until I get the flavor balance tuned to my tastes.

Onto my third cup, and now it's time to post.


sectheatre said...

Where do you get that milk at?

Anj said...

The Hy-Vee at 52nd and Center. Other stores may have it, too, but that's the only one I know for sure.

Apatheia said...

Did you have any luck creating your own root beer milk? I love the glass bottles that Shatto sells it in.

Anj said...

Unfortunately, I never managed to get the mix right. My attempts to make my own never tasted half as good as Burbach's. Mine always ended up seeming weak or bland. Sadly, I haven't seen the root beer milk recently. The last couple of stores I checked no longer carry it. I hope they bring it back sometime.