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Virgil's Zero Sugar Root Beer
// article by Meow

My local grocer has recently remodeled, and in doing so has merged their organic products with the rest of the store, causing many products in organics and even non-organics to be lost tragically in the process. However, where some things died off, some new products have cropped up, such as Virgil's Zero Sugar Root Beer.

Now, I've already been familiarized with Virgil's years ago since the shop used to carry just their glass bottled varieties of sodas that are not sugar free, but are pretty good. This Zero Sugar variety, however, is in a can. I prefer glass bottles in spades, personally. (Editor's Note: The Zero Sugar Root Beer is apparently available in bottles as well... just not with Meow's grocer.)

So, what exactly is this sweetened with if not sugar? It's sweetened with stevia extract and monkfruit, making this one of what I call "stevia-sweetened sodas" to differentiate them from the artificially sweetened kind that most commercial products seem to have. That said, though, if you've never had a stevia-sweetened soda, I suggest not investing much into it due to stevia being as bitter as it is sweet, making it unappealing to many.

Now back to the product itself: the root beer is pretty bog-standard. The can brags like some hipster saying, "Before hand-crafting was a thing" and speaking about how the root beer is made with anise, licorice, and other fanciful things, but it's just an average root beer. And being a little on the pricey side, this is particularly unimpressive, so I think I'll stick to my usual pick of stevia sodas of the Zevia Ginger Rootbeer.


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