News: Narragansett Unveils New Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

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Narragansett Unveils New Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

I received a press release the other day about an upcoming new seasonal beer from Narragansett Brewing Co, later this month. This brew is a partnership with the brewery producing a great milk stout and blending with the iconic New England coffee brand, Autocrat. It will be exclusively available the week of December 16th in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut only.

Autocrat a Rhode Island staple is probably best known for their Coffee Syrup, used to make Coffee Milk most notably, in the iconic yellow bottle with a tiny red bird on it. This tasty product has been around New England since the 1930s.

Narragansett describes their newest craft brew as,

The full-bodied milk stout is enriched with the robust flavor of Autocrat Coffee to achieve an extraordinary taste experience. Brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin, Narragansett’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout delivers a flavorful, smooth, dark brew with notes of roasted barley, chocolate malt and rich crystal malt. The exacting touch of hops provides just the right amount of bitterness to balance the sweet notes of the malts and milk sugar.”

Winter is the perfect time for a hearty sweet stout, especially around the holidays. This beer is sure to pair well with the dessert course of holiday dinner as well as other foods. I can’t wait to try this brew in a few short weeks myself.

Narragansett’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, priced between $8.49 – $8.99 SRP (Suggested Retail Price) and the beer is 5.3 percent Alcohol by Volume and 30 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).

For further information on the Narragansett’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout or to find a retailer near you, visit


Review: Trader Joe’s Vintage Orange Cream

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Trader Joe's Vintage Orange Cream Soda

It is not very often I get to go to Trader Joe’s the nearest one being about forty-five minutes away seems so close yet when I need to grocery shop gets further and further away. One this day I was heading to my old college roommate’s town to go on a brewery tour at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plains, MA. On the way knowing I pass right by a Trader Joe’s and I stopped there as a rest stop.  Searching the drink aisle I came across the vintage soda line and picked up a four pack for later.

To be honest the closest thing I have had to an orange cream soda is an Orange Julius. The drink was bright orange light a typical orange soda would be but it was not clear the solid orange color burning a hole in my retina. I took my first sip, sweet orange cream flavor rushed over my palate. The first thing I noticed was the real sugar, sweet but no too heavy. The second was the sweet orange flavor being chased by the creamy finish, that masked the further complex orange notes to come through. Although I missed the complete orange taste the creaminess did remind me of that combination or orange and vanilla of an Orange Julius but had the sharp bite of the carbonation to follow it.

It was another good pick for a first time try. I would buy this again but it would not make one of my everyday soda lists.

Contest: Mystery Beverage



Welcome IWYS viewers and Thirstrate readers! To celebrate my day with DeAndre Upshaw of promoting my blog I am running a contest.

The game is simple, to be entered into drawing for the prizes you must guess the mystery beverage dipicted above and post a comment below with the correct answer in this form:

Name or Email/Facebook or Twitter link (So I can contact you somehow):

State or Province (Contest open to residents of the US & Canada only):


I will than pick two random winners out of the correct guesses at 11:59 PM EST on Jan 15th 2012. First pull will win a $20 VISA Gift Card from Thirstrate and the second pull will win a Thirstrate T-shirt (X-Large) and a bottle of one of my favorite sodas. That’s two winners in total. Remember it is open to residents of US & Canada only and multiple guesses are allowed but please out of consideration don’t spam the comments section on this post with said guesses. Good luck and have fun with it!

UPDATE: I will holding off on accepting all comments so the contest remains fair, only wrong guesses will be accepted before the drawing so you can try again.

UPDATE II: The big winner of the $20 VISA Gift Card is Christine Lessard and the second place winner of a Thirstrate T-shirt and a bottle of soda is Geeg Wiles! Congratulations and thank you everyone for entering! Winners you will be receiving a message from me shortly for your contact info.

Review: Maine Root Root Beer

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Maine Root Root Beer

Today I review a beverage I first found at a beer festival in Vermont. After a few too many “samples” of beer at the festival me and my old college roommate we sitting in the grass refueling on some empanadas. Looking around I saw a sign for Maine Root Root Beer Floats. I turned to my old roommate and said, “Well now that’s the true no-alcoholic beer!”. He replied, “Pfffftt that’s not even beer.” Root Beer was actually popularized in American as both an alcoholic and carbonated soft drink. Originally brewed by Native Americans with sugar, yeast, herbs, and various roots and barks it was a pharmacist from Philadelphia, Charles Hines who first commercially sold the elixir.

I received a package of samples from Maine Root after contacting them about a month or two ago. Maine Root Root Beer is the Cadillac of root beers. It was fair trade, organic, good froth, and extremely well balanced. I love the notes that were slightly stronger were anise, clove, and my favorite wintergreen. The froth or foam lasts a good bit of time especially in a chilled glass and the whole experience of drinking this takes you back to simpler times. Buy this is you like root beer next time you’re in the store.

On another note this blog is teaming up with who will be promoting my blog on their website, twitter, Facebook, and live show. There will also be a contest based on a mystery picture style game that the randomly selected winner will a $20 VISA gift card and another randomly selected winner will receive a Thirstrate T-shirt and a bottle of one of my favorite sodas. More details will be revealed as the contest unveils tomorrow. My shirt wearer is DeAndre Upshaw who is a crazy creative guy, his links are DeAndre: and the live show will be 4:00 – 4:30pm EST tomorrow.

See you than and thanks for reading.

Review: Rip It Lime Wrecker

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Rip It Lime Wrecker

Before work the other day I was feeling pretty low on my energy stores so I went to a dollar store near my eye doctors to see if they had any good selections. To my chagrin there was not much of a selection. But one line of products did happen to catch my eye. This can stood out to me, Rip it as I found out later is actually owned by the same company that make Shasta and Faygo, National Beverage.

I love citrus and that day I loved energy even more so I bought 6 cans for a whooping $6.30 and tried them at work that night. I was a little skeptical about a energy drink that costs 99 cents. Some ways I was right, some wrong.

The color was a bright lime green as it should and it smelled very strong of lime. The taste however was really artificial tasting. It didn’t taste horrid and had some bitter, tart, and spice notes. But the sugar bomb was almost to much for even me to handle. For 99 cents though not bad, and it had a bit of a kick after the second drink.

My final thought is if you want an affordable energy drink this is your choice if you don’t mind it not having the best flavor.

Merry Happy Chrismukkah!

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Happy Merry Chrismukkah!

Review: Jones Candy Cane

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Jones Candy Cane

Here’s to the holiday post and there’s no better beverage to taste test than candy cane soda? Yup, Jones has put my favorite holiday confection into a glass bottle. Nothing more I love than dropping a few of the mini candy canes into my tea during winter time, but how would the flavor stack up side by side with the candy, I tested both.

The thing about a real candy cane is I don’t usually even notice the sugar. I opened the soda to find a real neutral smell except for a small hint of a maraschino cherry smell. Taking a gulp you get a rush of sweet carbonated soda with a very brief matching flavor to the candy cane.

The drink is not overly outrageous and not something you have had before in a soda. It is something different but not exactly a perfect match the candy itself the taste doesn’t last throughout.

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