(Nerd) Lunch Special: Sprecher Puma Kola

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(Nerd) Lunch Special: Sprecher Puma Kola

My family isn’t much for holiday traditions, but one thing I can count on during a visit home is experiencing some new junk food. This year my mom’s snack splurge was an assortment of Sprecher sodas. Sprecher is a craft brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that produces several types of beer, gourmet sodas, and even some mustards and BBQ sauces. Sprecher Root Beer is absolutely one of the best root beers out there, so I was eager to try some of their other varieties of pop. Not being a huge fan of orange or cream soda, I settled on a bottle of Puma Kola.

Sprecher promotes the cola as having a distinctive flavor from real kola extract, vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, and pure honey. The flavor is distinctive, more like a root beer than a typical cola, and it drinks more smoothly than most colas too. The profile is almost like a mix of a smooth root beer like A&W and a sweeter cola like Pepsi. That isn’t a bad combination per se, but as someone who prefers Coca-Cola it does not scratch my cola itch. Puma Kola, like all Sprecher sodas, is also caffeine free. I can make exceptions for a great root beer or a can of Squirt, but most days I don’t feel like I’m trying unless I am fully caffeinated.

Cola fans should find Puma Kola interesting as a change of pace, but go with Sprecher Root Beer if you want the goods.  

By | 2017-03-17T00:59:03+00:00 December 31st, 2010|Categories: Article|Tags: , |3 Comments

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  1. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    When I saw the post title, I had similar thoughts what what Cordy did.

    Sounds like this would be worth trying someday. I have access to a place in town that does carry the Sprecher root beer (and that was my beverage of choice whilst recording episode 84 of The Atomic Geeks podcast this past Fall), but I don't know if they carry much else in the library of Sprecher concoctions.

  2. Jeeg February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Good point, Cordy. That name is sort of like the island of Dr. Moreau meets Dr. Pepper, isn't it?

  3. cordy74 February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I was very interested in finding some of this cola and trying it out. Then I realized you were not, in fact, referring to cola made from the squeezings of some bizarre puma/koala hybrid. My mistake.

    I'm glad to say, now that I have finished your post, I am once again interested in trying some of these Sprecher colas.

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