Archive for the ‘Small Town Brewery’ Category

This was another beer that came home because Val really likes the Not Your Father’s selection. She let me have a couple of sips of one.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Driven by passion for American heritage and ingenuity, Small Town Brewery’s founder and brewmaster, Tim Kovac, is forever experimenting with cherished classics. Kovac’s fond memories of his family’s homemade ginger ale and hard lemon candy inspired him to spend several years painstakingly refining his recipe for a sessionable, alcoholic ginger ale with a nuanced, yet refreshingly familiar taste and aroma. Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale presents a masterfully-balanced ginger and citrus body, with hints of black currant lending complementary floral and fruity spice notes. The end result is a pioneering craft specialty ale that delivers what we believe is a truly worthy and unparalleled evolution of another beverage icon.”

Random: This is a year-round offering from the brewery.

The beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of white head that went away instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color, filled with carbonation. The nose had notes of sugar and ginger. I kept sniffing, but I didn’t find anything else. The taste was a combination of fresh ginger and Sprite. It had a white sugar note as well. This was not complex, to say the least. The body was light and it had too much carbonation for me. The finish was quick with ginger and sugar. A bottle of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I found this to be a bit gimmicky and not worth a second try.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Val seems to like the Not Your Father’s selections. I tend to not be a big fan. Their beers/hard sodas are on the gimmicky side and the success of their root beer lead to many other competitors and things like “hard orange soda.” But, since Val likes them, we usually have a few in the house. This was one that she was excited about, so let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 4.1%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A creamy botanical craft beer brewed with Madagascar Vanilla, combining a lightly sweet savor with a smooth finish to create a refreshing botanical craft beer.”

Random: I only like diet sodas. I never got a taste for full sugar sodas.

The beer poured with a two and a half finger, off white head. It dissipated rather quickly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and amber, bordering on light brown. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was not complex. It had vanilla, nutty malt and caramel. The taste was overwhelmingly filled with vanilla. Caramel and nutty malt came next with a lot of sugary sweetness. Balance was not this beer’s strong suit. The body was thicker than I would have liked and made the sweetness more cloying, even the carbonation couldn’t help fix that. It had a lengthy and sticky finish. A bottle of this set me back $1.83, which came to $.15 an ounce. This beer needed balance, otherwise it was just a vanilla sugar bomb.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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.

rootbeer

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