In between brewing batches of our flagship beers - Alter Ego Saison, Murphy's Law Amber Ale and Rule G IPA - our crew dreams up recipes for new concoctions. They create 10-20 barrels of each new style, which is available only until the last keg kicks. Scroll through the list to the left to see what's flowing in our tasting room and around town.
Murphy's Law Amber Ale acknowledges the relentless and unexpected obstacles that challenged us at every stage of starting Smartmouth Brewing Co. Incidentally, Murphy is also the name of Porter's pet boxer. This amber is balanced: the malty essence that comes through with a subtle roastiness is countered just so by hops that keep it smooth. Enjoy this good all-around beer with chili, grilled chicken, pizza or burgers. For an interesting cheese pairing, try it with Gruyere.
This brew is a shout-out to the alter ego in each of us, beckoning it out of dormancy. Porter Hardy, IV, brewery president, left his career as an attorney to heed the call of his weekend passion, making beer. Along with some friends who were just as consumed by beer, he established Smartmouth Brewing Co. in 2012. Alter Ego, brewed in the farmhouse style of a Belgian Saison, is an effervescent and refreshing beer with fruity notes, a hint of pepper and a dry finish. Try pairing it with seafood, especially oysters or mussels, smoked sausages or cured meats. It complements aged gouda, chevre and ripe soft cheeses.
Don't be deceived. This bubbly brew may seem demure, but it packs a solid punch. We put our own twist on this one, a Belgian-style golden ale, packing it full of Sorachi Ace hops, which lend lemon undertones. You'll also note pepper and a subtle sweetness as this beer washes over your tongue, finishing dry with a light hop flavor. Bedeviled seems unassuming with it's pale golden tint and smooth taste. But that belies it's more devilish side, an ABV of 8.4%. We dubbed this beer Bedeviled in honor of HeChris and SheChris' pet, Duvel, an ornery trickster of a dog who was named for the overlord of this beer style.
Rule G is the railroad industry's policy against drinking on the job. With tracks running right into the brewery, we spite Rule G daily. Unfiltered and outrageously dry-hopped, this beer has a big hop nose and a dry clean finish that accentuates its citrus and grapefruit undertones. It is a bold beer that can stand up to bold flavors. Drink it alongside spicy food and it’ll ratchet up the heat. We enjoy it with Mexican, Sichuan and Indian cuisine. A classic cheese pairing is with Stilton Blue Cheese.
This copiously hopped ale imparts a crisp, sweet and spicy aroma. Upon first taste, its chocolate and caramel malts stand up to New Zealand’s Southern Cross hops’ piney flavor, making this beer dangerously clean and smooth. It finishes assertively as the high IBU’s become apparent. We like it better as it warms and think you should enjoy this burnt garnet colored ale on a cold day with friends and family. Let it help ease you through the fun and craziness of the holiday season.
Notch 9 gets its unusual name from the 8-throttle notch positions on a locomotive, with each one delivering progressively more power. Notch 9 ratchets it even higher. It is an unfiltered double IPA with a citrusy aroma from a crazy amount of dry hops. As it flows through your palate, you'll sense grapefruit and pine. It washes down with a dry crisp finish. Incredibly smooth and straw in color, it delivers the goods on strength.
Porter was out of his mind when he resisted the call to make a pumpkin ale. You'll go out of yours waiting to get your hands on another pint of it. From this beer, with a warm copper tint like our brew house kettles, wafts a fragrant bouquet of spices. Our brewing crew ground and mixed a custom medley of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger and all spice. These autumn flavors will tingle your nose and palate. The malty backbone supports the beer's distinct flavors and gives it a nice sweet finish. It's sure to go down as easy as, well, (pumpkin) pie.
Named in tribute to the railroads that surround our brewery, Cowcatcher Milk Stout is a surprisingly sessionable beer that is as black as night with a thick, tan head. This beer is brewed with lactose, giving it a substantial smooth body. Munich, black malts and roasted barley lend a coffee-esque flavor profile to balance the sweetness of the lactose and Crystal 60 malt. This offering is brewed as a limited edition beer, with only 10 barrels available. Don't let anything get in the way of you drinking some Cowcatcher Milk Stout!
Über is a traditional German-style hefeweizen that pours cloudy and has a straw-colored base and a fluffy white head. Cloves and bubblegum dominate the aroma, although you may catch the faint bready and spicy notes attributed to the addition of wheat and German noble hops. Clove phenolics balance its banana flavor. This effervescent and refreshing beer is perfectly suited to enjoy outdoors as we welcome summer’s warm weather.
A showcase for one of the hottest hops out there right now, this pale ale uses solely Citra hops. Yes, we jumped on the Citra bandwagon and we love it! With five hop additions, Citra’s unique tropical fruit aroma and refreshing grapefruit and citrus flavor profile come through in a big way. With just one sip of Bandwagon, you’ll see what the rage is all about.
This one's dedicated to a smooth operator who sidetracked our quest for a name.(We'd tell you the full story, but we might get sued!) Its frothy beige head gives off a nutty aroma that mixes with earthy notes from the Columbus and Willamette hops. The flavor profile is slightly bready and sweet. Adding oatmeal to the malt bill lends this brown ale a smooth and rich body. It’s a great transition beer from winter to spring with a 6.3% ABV that packs a little punch.
Hardy, Porter is a dark and delicious creation designed to comfort you through the cold and dreary winter. Uniquely single-hopped, three additions of Palisade lend a pleasant smoothness to the beer. This brew, which is low in bitterness, boasts a variety of malts that add a complex and rounded mouthfeel and also impart hints of sweetness and roastiness. This eponymous brew was created by Porter as a pilot batch. Greg, head brewer, later adapted and refined it for the brew house.
We challenged our employees to name this beer. While their suggestions were highly entertaining, not a single one was family-friendly. As Porter’s 8-year-old son would say, gesturing quotation marks with his fingers for emphasis, "They were 'inappropriate’" This straw colored brew is a pre-prohibition style cream ale that uses a solid proportion of flaked corn, as was typical of that time period. The malt bill gives off a slight bready aroma and keeps the body light and refreshing for a hot July day. An ale-lager-hybrid yeast strain ferments it to a crisp finish, a real thirst-quencher. One of our few filtered beers, this one is crystal clear.
Brewer Jimmy's brainchild, this offering is based on the English session ales that workers historically enjoyed with their lunches. The low alcohol content allowed them to have several in a session and return to work to be somewhat productive. We’ve put an American spin on it by using our own yeast strain and a copious amount of hops. Dry, refreshing and citrusy, this is a great summer beer. And the low alcohol content means you can enjoy more than one!
Greg's dabbled plenty in wit beers, which puts this Belgian style right in his wheelhouse. It's similar to a German wheat beer, but spiced with bitter and sweet orange peels and coriander. Served in a 23-ounce glass adorned with an orange slice to accentuate is natural flavor, this brew is sure to satisfy your craving for something light and refreshing to temper the summer heat.
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