Shortly before Halloween, I was contacted by Emily Straubel of Reed's Inc. asking if I'd like to sample its Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. I'm a fan of Reed's Ginger Brew and Virgil's Root Beer, so I eagerly agreed to sample its butterbeer, I mean, butterscotch beer.
While Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer isn't affiliated with Harry Potter, there are plenty of allusions. The flyer said, "Taste the magic of a wizard’s buttery, vanilla, cream soda brew. Since 1374, the Flying Cauldron has been making this magical brew for under-aged wizards, and wizards who are young at heart, at their brew pub in Hogsbreath, England."
Not Hogsmeade, but Hogsbreath. Not the Leaky Cauldron, but Flying Cauldron. Not butterbeer, but butterscotch beer.
It's not affiliated with Harry Potter. Got that?
I was expecting a case, and was pleasantly surprised to receive four cases of 4-packs. Nicely surrounded with lots of styrofoam to prevent breakage.
The packaging, with the flying cauldron and all, gave a nice ancient feel to the product.
The golden amber hue of the drink was what I thought butterbeer, I mean butterscotch beer, would look like.
Poured into a beer mug with ice cubes and there was a nice amount of foam.
Like drinking butterscotch cream soda -- buttery, vanilla flavors.
But holy sweetness!
The nutrition facts lists 30 grams of sugar, which actually is less than the 39 grams of sugar in a 12-oz can of Coca-Cola, but it tasted much sweeter. Like drinking candy. Is it the stevia?
The ingredients are: sparkling filtered water, unbleached cane sugar, vanilla extract, natural caramel, natural flavors, stevia rebaudiana leaf extract. Non Alcoholic. Free of preservatives, caffeine, gluten & GMO’s.
As I continued to drink though, the butterscotch beer grew on me. Until I one day taste butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I'd say Flying Cauldron's Butterscotch Beer is pretty close to what I imagined butterbeer would taste like.
I've seen 4-packs sold at some grocery stores for $5.99 or you can buy from the Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer directly from Reed's website.
Thanks again Emily and Reed's Inc. for the chance to taste this delicious brew.
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