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Diet root beer in the Australian market?

By Danman - 31 March 2009 27

I have T2 diabetes hence I am limited to sugar free carbonated bevvies when I wish for one.

This is where the purpose of my posting/ranting lies.

On my recent travels to the US, I fell in love with A+W brand diet root beer (read sarsaparilla) and have only found the diet variety in one place, on the net via a USA food importer.

Including delivery it is ~$50 for 24 cans, exorbitant to say the least.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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Diet root beer in the Australian market?
Hells_Bells74 4:01 pm 31 Mar 09

Bundaberg Brewed drinks also do a diet ginger beer. It’s a skinnier bottle but I’ve seen it round the trap in various locals and Woolies or the like. Plus their site suggests it’s out there.

miz 3:55 pm 31 Mar 09

I wouldn’t touch any artificial sweetener

reepy 2:03 pm 31 Mar 09

I also recommend the cordial option. $3 for a bottle of Bundaburg (diet) or other brand cordial and 89c for a 1.5L bottle of Soda water. It lasts for ages, its cheap and tastes just as good as normal expensive ginger beer.

Danman 1:31 pm 31 Mar 09

kick arse – thanks WMC

Keep the suggestions coming peeps 🙂

deezagood 12:44 pm 31 Mar 09

Even better!!

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:41 pm 31 Mar 09

Danman – buy root beer concentrate on line (we like McCormick – tastes just like A&W or our favourite, Dominion) and mix it with cheap diet lemonade. 60ml of concentrate is about US$6 and makes 12 liters of root beer. This gal will ship 6 bottles for US$12.95 (so total is US$50 for 72 liters, or the equivalent of 9 cartons). Sure you can find better with some googling.

deezagood 12:40 pm 31 Mar 09

Ooooh Danman; just found some diet sarsperella cordial on the sugarfreezone website; you could mix with soda water and make a version of your own (not as nice, but much, much cheaper)!

Danman 12:25 pm 31 Mar 09

They probably make the root beer with essence flavour and water then carbonate it soda stream style

deezagood 12:18 pm 31 Mar 09

But A+W manage to do it?

Pommy bastard 11:56 am 31 Mar 09

This site explains why you cannot make root beer with sugar substitutes;

Danman 11:55 am 31 Mar 09

I homebrew full blood sarsparilla, but never really knew if ther was an option to brew it as a low/zero sugar bevvy as you need sugar for carbonation and generating alcoholic content.

I *know* sugar in alcoholic beverages can have no effect in medicated T2 diabetics, because of the alcohols effect on the liver (Google it) , but would prefer a prefabbed zero sugar version.

Deeza, ill give that a shot, maybe they currently have a low/zero sugar version.

With the obesity and diabetic plague in the US, they seem to cater for zero sugar alternatives quite comprehensively compared to here, to th epoint of several restaurants having an array of sugar free options for desserts. My quest continues.

deezagood 11:39 am 31 Mar 09

PB – it isn’t alcoholic, so extremely expensive for softies. I have also tried to find inexpensive diet root beer here, but to no avail. Danman – Bundaburg Brewed Drinks makes a fantastic non-diet version – maybe you could write to them with your suggestion of a diet version? They make a bunch of other diet drinks.

Pommy bastard 11:23 am 31 Mar 09

Is root beer alcoholic? If not, then $50 for 24 cans,would be no exaggeration to declare it “exorbitant to say the least.”

Is there any way you could make your own? It’s easy to carbonate drinks with a soda stream or the like.

Jivrashia 11:04 am 31 Mar 09

$50 for a case of imported beer isn’t that bad, unless it’s in $US ($AU75).

Don’t know enough about availability of local commercial diabetic beer (that conforms to strict regulation to ensure that it is sugar free) but you might like to try the big bottle shops such as the one near Belconnen markets (on Market St) or near Fyshwick markets (midway on Mildura St).

If you’re out of luck then I suggest you get stuck into homebrewing. Achieving an almost totally sugar-free brew is as simple as adding in a “finishing” agent (gelatin) and leaving it to mature for extra months (e.g. 3~6 months after bottling).

Disposable 10:18 am 31 Mar 09

The new IGA in the city has A+W root beer, not sure about the diet version though. Try giving them a call.

They also have all manner of American chocolate, candies and pop tarts at a reasonable price.

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