The tradition of brewing two different beers from one mash has existed for ages, and for centuries the term “small beer” was used in English to describe the lighter and weaker second extraction. By association, the term came to mean something of little importance.
We make our India Pale Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash. The Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the “small beers” of old by sparging that same mash, after the addition of a nominal amount of new grain. This yields a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. Technically our Small Beer is an “ale” since it is made with top-fermenting yeast.
The beer has a light & crisp character, pale colour and a dry finish with moderate to firm hop bittering for balance.