About a year ago, I sponsored a root beer taste test, gathering the 8 root beers readily available in Montreal and forcing them upon 14 friends. For them, it was a chance to determine their favourite root beer; for me, it was a chance to count how many friends I had.
Here is the raw data (1 indicates first choice, 8 last choice. 14 people (columns), 8 beers (rows):
The results were conclusive in that you can rank the drinks by having them face off head-to-head. For instance, 9/14 people ranked Stewart’s higher than PC, so it gets a higher overall ranking. And 8/14 people ranked PC higher than Cott, and so forth.
Without further ado, the rankings:
1.Stewart’s (also the most expensive)
2.President’s Choice (PC – available at Provigo)
7.Our Compliments (available at IGA, but terrible)
8.Merit Selection (available at Metro, but liquid vomit)
Since this root beer survey, no new root beers have come on the market, but many new friends have entered my life. Okay, maybe 1.