Small Town’s beers are inspired by the long-forgotten gruit method of brewing. (P.S. – Gruit is German for “herbs.”) Before the 15th century, botanical ingredients such as mugwort, yarrow, juniper berries, ginger, caraway seed, and anise were used as flavoring or bittering agents. Mugwort is actually much more delicious than it sounds and not a character from Lord of the Rings.
Gruit ales like these were said to stimulate body and mind when consumed. There were probably some German monks making crazy delicious concoctions back in the day and spouting off about the politics of the times. Speaking of politics, the use of hops, noted for their sedative qualities, became politically mandated in most of Europe, and gruit ales began to disappear. Only in the past 30 years have microbreweries started experimenting with centuries-old gruit-inspired recipes.
At Small Town Brewery, we’re pretty much the masters of crafting gruit-inspired beers. Today, Tim Kovac, founder and brewmaster, uses a proprietary technique to infuse herbs and spices into the brewing process. This is what makes it possible for us to brew the classic American and bakery-inspired flavors that we offer today.
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