CONGRATULATIONS to Joey for landing a mention of his craft soda reviews in the Washington Post article, The newest, hippest drink pouring into a glass near you: Craft Soda. The Washington Post takes an in-depth look at the growth of the craft soda industry and the passion of craft soda brewers.
Here’s what the WP had to say about Joey’s reviews;
A big THANKS to Joey for contributing his reviews to our blog each month! It’s been over a year since Joey began sharing his love for craft soda’s with us, and we look forward to many more to come. If you’re a fan of Joey’s Craft Soda Reviews, you can check out each article right HERE.
Joey’s Craft Soda Review
I’m Joey. I like craft soda, a lot. In my opinion, I feel that craft sodas have a lot more to offer than a mass produced soda not only in taste but in the variety and quality of ingredients used in their production. This is a big reason why I generally enjoy craft sodas, and I also think that drinking them and reviewing them is a great way to support the generally smaller companies that produce these beverages.
Jones Peanut Butter & Jelly Soda
Some things don’t need to exist. When I’d first heard about Pb&J sodas this is exactly what I thought. Besides the fact that I haven’t had a PB&J in years, and for good reason, I wanna know how anyone thinks they can make the flavors of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich work in a liquid. Today’s review, Jones Peanut Butter and Jelly soda, will attempt to answer this question for me. We’ll see how this goes.
I’ve seen plenty of Jones’ sodas around before, and I’m familiar with their look. Nice pictures and the same big block font as always. So, it’s a guy who seems to be very much enjoying his PB&J, okay. I’ve got nothing against the picture exactly, but I don’t know, watching a guy eating a sandwich doesn’t really sell me on anything. I guess it works for Jones.
So… I don’t know exactly what it is they did here, but the soda somehow manages to smell like grape soda as well as plain old peanut butter. I would now like you to imagine that, kinda weird right? I’m really not a big fan of how it smells, but I can’t help being impressed with how they pulled it off. Nice one Jones.
There’s not a lot to be said here. Does it meet my fizz requirements? Not really. Am I surprised by this? Also no. I don’t want to sound too harsh, but I really would be shocked if my fizz metric were topped by peanut butter and jelly.
I was actually really reluctant to try this and having done so, I can say it was with good reason. On the beginning of the first swig it’s not so bad, for the most part, it tastes like normal grape soda. I’m not crazy about the flavor, but I can imagine far more unappealing things. And then comes one of those unappealing things. After the initial grape flavor subsides a torrent of liquid peanut butter bread grossness takes over, shifting a decent soda to a level I would hesitate to even call mediocre. I took a total of two sips, it was all I needed.
Overall: Smells… interesting, maybe even acceptable. Everything else about this soda is bad news. 3/10
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