Monday, June 27, 2011

foxon park

This weekend Michael and I took a trip to Connecticut with a friend of ours. Her father generously let us use his house as our home base, as well as borrow his car so that we could drive all over the state. We did everything from antiquing, to going to minor league baseball games, to drinking lots of beer in German beer gardens, to eating grilled lobster while sitting on a tree stump. And we also looked for some bottle caps.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm now on a quest to find root beers from all 50 states. Connecticut, you are checked off the list. Foxon Park has been found. Hailing from East Haven, CT, and family-run for 80+ years, Foxon Park is an excellent specimen to represent The Nutmeg State. There were many flavors to choose from, and we tried the Cream Soda, Root Beer, Ginger Ale and Iron Brew.

I will admit that the Cream Soda was much better than the Root Beer. And I've never had an Iron Brew before, but according to our friend, it's something that hails from Scotland. I'll definitely need to investigate further.

The bottle cap seems a bit old fashioned. Red on silver with an old-timey font and the twist off/pry off instructions (just twist it off!). For some reason, when I look at the bottle cap quickly, I think it says foxtrot. Yet the root beer does not make me want to do a jig. The aftertaste was too overpowering, lingering in the mouth for a good minute or so after each sip. I preferred the smooth and sweet vanilla taste of the Cream Soda. As for the Iron Brew, well, let's just say that we had a ten minute conversation trying to figure out just what flavor it was supposed to be. The bottle, with a picture of a detached arm clutching an axe, offered no clue -- is it the flavor of lumberjack? It's a mystery, really.

Foxon, I know you're trying to portray an old fashioned soda, but you can still have a cool bottle cap in the meantime.


  1. Sounds like a fun trip to Connecticut. I've never seen that cap. Nice one... but are you having camera problems AGAIN?

  2. Iron Brew was inspired by the Scottish soft drink "Barr's Irn-Bru" (pronounced "Iron Brew"), but is more comparable to Dr Pepper or Mr. Pibb than Irn-Bru.

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