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, our brewmasters use 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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Don’t you miss the carefree days before mortgages, job interviews or traffic jams? That was the time when you could just hang out with friends and not worry about the crazy things you did ending up on social media. And that’s the era you’ll remember when you taste Not Your Father’s Root Beer. As the first hard root beer on the market, this nostalgic favorite is still the most sought-after flavored craft brew in the whole US of A.
Well, to be blunt, this tastes just like the root beer you remember as a kid. Sweet and silky, it goes down smooth and hits your tongue with the perfect combination of vanilla, sarsaparilla and anise. Don’t know how sarsaparilla and anise taste? They taste delicious. That’s how they taste.
Camping, glamping, skiing, hiking. There are all kinds of fond memories you’ve created on one of America’s grand peaks. They’re basically giant playgrounds ready for action. Those memories and that energy is exactly what inspired us when we brewed up Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale. Let’s be honest – no one’s ever had a bad time on a mountain.
If you want citrus, this is your beer. A big ol’ wallop of crisp citrus notes invades your mouth on the first sip. A smooth finish means you can knock back a few of these by yourself – or split a sixer with friends. You don’t even have to be on a mountain.
There are some days that are just made for iced tea. And then there are days when you need a little something harder. We’ve answered your prayers with Not Your Mom’s Iced Tea, a thirst- and stress-quenching twist on the classic drink people everywhere turn to for good ol’ fashioned refreshment.
Don’t tell the Brits, but in America, we like our tea on ice. This classic flavor is made with real lemon juice, creating a perfectly balanced and refreshingly smooth brew.
Chances are you’re probably familiar with the island of Madagascar thanks to some talking cartoon animals or a super strict geography teacher. What you might not know is that Madagascar produces the best vanilla in the world. And we use a healthy dose of it (literally tons) to make Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale, a classic American favorite that comes through with a vanilla flavor that’s anything but ordinary.
There’s really no synonym for vanilla, so trust us when we say this tastes like a bunch of vanilla pods got together and had a vanilla party inside a vanilla mansion hosted by Vanilla Ice. With a creamy, sweet finish, this brew will easily become one of your go-tos when you want something smooth and flavorful.
Some people used to make their own ginger ale out of real ginger root. Like…in their kitchens. We had such fond memories of an old family recipe that we set out to brew up Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, a classic favorite that delivers that good old American flavor with a grown-up twist.
There’s a reason Gingers are known for their feistiness. In this brew, the distinct, spicy taste of ginger is balanced by a sweet, mellow undercurrent. A gutsy, citrus-driven note hits the front of the tongue, while just the right touch of floral and fruit notes give the ale a full-bodied finish. This is definitely an ale with attitude.
Nothing is sweeter than apple pie. Except for maybe Mom. And nothing is more enjoyable than a slice of that apple pie. Not Your Mom’s Apple Pie delivers that classic taste you love with the kick you need at the end of a long day. Or just a regular Saturday afternoon.
The color of a crisp, ripe, golden apple, this craft brew hits you with notes of applesauce, light cinnamon, cloves and biscuit. On the second sip, you’ll swear you can taste the crust. (We didn’t bottle pie crust, though. That would be kinda gross.)
Sometimes rhubarb gets a bad rap. It’s a vegetable that masquerades as a fruit and almost always gets paired up with its much more celebrated friend, strawberry. Well, rhubarb finally gets half the stage with Not Your Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb, a flavored craft brew that reminds of you the fresh pies Mom used to take out of a box she got at the local bakery.
The perfect balance of sweet and tart, this beer is made with real strawberry and rhubarb juices. This brew is so authentic, you can start fighting now for the last slice….err…bottle.