Last spring, I got to sample some Dog n Suds Root Beer. I have seen and heard of their drive in restaurants but it was a cheese shop in downtown Madison, Wisconsin that I first experienced what they have to offer. The next time I was on a long distance road trip, Dog n Suds again crossed my path. This time I discovered at a grocery store in Indianapolis, 3 other flavors of Dog n Suds: cream soda, orange n' cream, and black cherry. Still haven't visit a restaurant, but I have had everything they have to offer in bottle form (minus anything diet, I won't touch that stuff). Below you will find my opinion of each one of their soda flavors.
The first one I tried and still my favorite of their entire line. It is a pleasantly sweet root beer with the right level of spice to it. It's the only one I have been able to find in glass bottles.
After having the root beer, the cream soda was a huge letdown. It was weak and poorly carbonated. You can find a billion cream sodas that are very much like this one. I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this one. It's only saving grace was that it wasn't so bad that I couldn't finished it.
After the disappointment of the cream soda, I wasn't expecting much out of the other flavors. I thought they just threw some stuff together with the Dog n Suds logo to make a buck. However the black cherry was surprisingly good. It had an artificial black cherry flavor, but it was really good for being artificial. While not being as good as more natural tasting cherry sodas, this one beats out most of the black cherry sodas on the market.
Orange n' Cream
This orange n' cream, really lacked on the cream side of the taste. I don't think they were able to capture the flavor of orange cream ice cream bars that well. They could have done so much better with this one.
With two 4 star drinks and two 2 star drinks, Dog n Suds is pretty hit or miss. They either do really well or really poorly (at least in my opinion. If they could improve on their weak drinks, this could be a really solid line of soda pop flavors.
Where to Buy
I purchased the root beer at Fromagination in Madison, WI. I purchased the black cherry, orange n' cream, and cream soda at Marsh Groceries in Indianapolis, IN.
You can also purchase Dog n Suds Root Beer online from the Old 52 General Store. They have carry over 300 varieties of glass bottled soda that you can purchase online or at their store in Sabin, Minnesota.