These 8 Surprisingly Delicious Hard Sodas Will Actually Get You Buzzed

Have hard sodas invaded your cooler yet? Toss your hoppy IPA to the side, friend, and savor cream soda with a kick, hard root beer that’ll knock you on your ass if you’re not careful, and ginger ale you only wish your momma would’ve handed you when you pulled a Ferris Bueller that one time.



1. Over the Barrel Cream Soda (5.5 % ABV)



2. Coney Island Orange Cream Ale (5.0% ABV)




3. Not Your Father’s Root Beer (5.9 % ABV)


  • Complex aroma
  • Well-balanced blend of vanilla, cloves, and anise
  • Would taste pair nicely with dark chocolate truffles


4. Coney Island Hard Root Beer (5.8% ABV)


  • Anise is the prominent aroma
  • Quite sweet with hints of vanilla
  • Not a complex root beer, flavor-wise, but enjoyable.


5. Abita Bayou Bootlegger Root Beer (5.9% ABV)


  • Heavily spiced — an intriguing blend of wintergreen, vanilla, sassafras, clove, and anise
  • Has an unexpected bite in the aftertaste
  • Would pair well with chocolate covered pretzels


6. Best Damn Root Beer (5.5% ABV)


  • Similar to A&W Root Beer with a vague, lager-like finish
  • Might be a good root beer to offer tailgaters who aren’t so sure about this hard root beer trend
  • Would pair well with chocolate chip cookies



7. Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale (4.2% ABV)


  • Sweet and too light on the ginger
  • If you dislike fresh ginger, you might like this
  • Would pair well with molasses cookies


8. Coney Island Hard Ginger Ale (5.6% ABV)


  • Similar to Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale: sweet with a hint of ginger
  • Drink if the game you’re watching makes your stomach turn
  • Would pair well with shortbread cookies 

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