Two bottles of soft drink: Virgil’s root beer in the tall bottle, and a stubby of Bundaberg Sarsaparilla
Two bottles of soft drink: Virgil’s root beer in the tall bottle, and a stubby of Bundaberg Sarsaparilla

Bundy’s best

Alongside, I have some dinkum Aussie Sarsaparilla from Bundaberg in Queensland, an island in an ocean of sugar cane, where what Americans call root beer retains its original name, and this family concern is shipping out slabs of soft drink, all brewed on sugar cane and molasses, stopping just short of actually being rum. The bottle is the traditional Aussie beer stubbie, and if you drink it at the wheel, the coppers will take two looks at you to be sure you’re not swigging something a little stronger.

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Virgil’s cane

Virgil's packs itself into a longneck bottle — a rarity in this age of aluminium cans a couple of atoms thick — and must cost a packet to ship across the Pacific. $2.99 if you can find it, an absolute bargain.

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Britni’s choice

Perhaps American heaven isn’t quite the same as the more robust Aussie product. More Disney than Dundee. Smoother and creamier, and no gluten. The Bundy beer doesn’t mention gluten at all; so it may be dripping with glute juice. Be warned.

Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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