Small Town Not Your Father’s Root Beer

The next place we ended up was a brewery/restaurant in Portland called Liquid Riot. They are owned by the same people who own the famous beer bar Novare Res. The brewery is behind the bar and you can watch them brew as you enjoy your beer. The staff was attentive and very friendly. I tried a few samples which were impressive and ended up taking a few bottles home as well. We had to get to dinner, so we didn’t spend a lot of time there, but I would go back if I was in Portland.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don’t typically drink beer but crave something unique. Because of the overwhelming response to Not Your Fathers Root Beer, we have had thousands of requests from all over the country for this product in a package format. We’ve worked relentlessly with experts for almost two years to figure out how to increase production to meet demand while keeping the cost to consumers reasonable.”

Random: Parking in Portland was pretty cheap for a city.

This beer poured without any head on top of a dark brown body. Due to the color of the body, there was no visible carbonation. The nose smelled…well, like root beer. It had a lot of vanilla, licorice and sarsaparilla. The taste was also, exactly like root beer. It had some caramel sweetness, licorice, vanilla and the same sarsaparilla. There was no booze to this either. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with vanilla and licorice. This was $2.17 a bottle ($.18 per ounce). I can see why this is so popular. It’s not a bad choice for those who don’t like beer and basically tastes like a soda. I couldn’t have more than one of these, but it was enjoyable. I also ranked this quite high because I feel that it executed what it set out to do, so although a lot of people don’t like this, I thought it was well-done. At a minimum, it is definitely polarizing.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


3 thoughts on “Small Town Not Your Father’s Root Beer

  1. Sounds like you had a great trip! The issue I have with this product is false advertising…it says “ale with spices” on the bottle when it is is not a spiced beer, but alcoholic soda. Thats what some people like, but I bought this for my husband entirely thinking it would be a beer with root beer spices. I guess I need to Google every purchase in advance (although sometimes with obscure stuff that doesn’t help at all). It was undrinkable for me (I tried after my husband rejected it), and quickly gave me a stomach ache. I’m surprised it costs so much too!

    1. I agree with you 100% that it’s alcoholic soda. It’s a pretty well executed alcoholic soda, but definitely not a “beer” in the true sense as I picked up absolutely no hops or yeast of malt. My fiancee likes it, but we can only have 1 or 2 before we’re done. I’m not surprised at the cost given the demand, especially in this area. Certain stores were gouging the prices up to $15-$20 a six-pack because of the demand. One of the beer groups I belong to showed their booth at GABF. They were offering the higher ABV version of root beer, an alcoholic ginger ale, a strawberry rhubarb and a french toast and an apple pie. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them on shelves in the next six months or so.

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