Fizziness Quotient

Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 08:47AM

By Eric Richardson

Subconsciously, I think we've all gotten used to a certain range for how much a standard soda fizzes when dispensed from a fountain. You leave a certain amount of room in the cup, the fizz rises, settles, and you adjust that final bit of fill accordingly.

But have you ever found a certain drink that far exceeds that normal fizziness range? It's hard to adjust.

One of my favorite downtown eateries, Mendocino Farms, just opened a second location. As part of that, they added a fountain with sodas from Boylan Bottling. They're great sodas, and they use cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

I'm particularly fond of the root beer, but have found myself consistently surprised by the amount of fizz. Even when I purposely under-fill, the fizz still sometimes wins. Perhaps that's the cane sugar at work.