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Not Your Father's Root Beer

Hard Soda /5.9% ABV / Illinois, United States

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Product details

Hard Soda
Illinois, United States
Tasting Notes
Sweet, Spicy, Vanilla, Silky
Food Pairing
Dessert - Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit - Dried
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
50-55° F

Product description

Kovac passed down his family’s beer making tradition by working tirelessly with his son to craft the first version of “Not Your Father’s Root Beer.” At 5.9% ABV, the 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.

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Community reviews

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  • JulieAnn
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    Awful!!! Smells like Root Beer, first taste Root Beer and ends with notes of diesel and bitter compost mixed with feet.

  • Alex

    I got an ice cold bottle of Dad's for Father's Day. Great idea and a great drink.

  • Martin

    The Root Beer is very tasty… I read the other review that talks about an awful chemical taste? Not sure…I can taste the alcohol as an under tone of the root beer and vanilla, it’s there. The after taste is typical of a root beer… and can give myself a feeling of indigestion…but! It’s still pretty nice… goes well with food… it’s sweet like a soda.

  • Lyra Craddock.
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    Quick and fast and cold. Perfect temperature and ready to drink.

  • Fred

    Tried this recently and it's really bad. It has a really funky and grody after taste that I'm 1000% sure comes from the artificial flavoring. The initial taste is that of a nice root beer, but then the chemical-like taste hits and I grimace with each swallow. It's really unpleasant, and worse than the cheapest of beers.

  • Tony

    Unbelievable taste and I hope, if you try it, you don't live in my area. They have trouble keeping it in stock as it is without more people trying it and loving it.

  • Storm

    If simplicity is genius, then Not Your Fathers Root Beer is simply the best!

  • Sara
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    Absolutely love this! Makes a great adult rootbeer float.

  • Christopher
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    Good stuff! Wish they made a Dr pepper one

  • Bertha Best.
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    Love this drink



Small Town Brewery, once based in Illinois, originally produced a line of “gruit” beers called Not Your Father’s Root Beer. A gruit is a style of beer in which the hops are essentially replaced by herbs, plants, or spices, making these brews more of a flavored malt beverage or hard soda. Nonetheless, the Not Your Father’s brand has proven very successful, and in 2015, Pabst Brewing Company acquired a stake in the midwestern-based company. The makers of Pabst Blue Ribbon have significant distribution power, placing Not Your Father’s Root Beer and other Not Your Father’s products on shelves throughout most of the United States.
Pretty much everywhere — most major retailers that are allowed to carry alcohol, and most liquor stores carry Not Your Father’s Root Beer. The Pabst Brewing Company took over the brand, vastly increasing its distribution. That being said, the craft beer and FMB markets are tremendously crowded, and retailers can’t carry everything all the time. Before you head out your door to pick up a six-pack, enter your local zip code onto Drizly’s website. We’ll show you which of your local liquor stores and retailers have Not Your Father’s Root Beer in stock, so you can price compare (and even just stay home and have it delivered).
Not Your Father’s Root Beer does not contain caffeine. In fact, traditional, non-alcoholic root beer doesn’t typically contain caffeine either, even though it’s classified as a type of carbonated soda. The recipe behind Not Your Father’s Root Beer is not publicly available, but Tim Kovac (the man who created the popular brew), has shared that his hard root beer contains sarsaparilla, birch bark, real vanilla extract, oak, ginger, wintergreen, licorice, honey, citrus, and even mint. This flavor combination will no doubt awaken your taste buds and add some pep to your step, even without caffeine.
For people who enjoy beer alternatives such as hard seltzers or flavored malt beverages (like Mike’s Hard Lemonade), a six-pack of Not Your Father’s Root Beer makes a great gift. The flavors in Not Your Father’s Root Beer are refreshing and indulgent, encouraging the drinker to stroll down memory lane and reminisce about an old-school root beer float (is there anything better?). Not Your Father’s Root Beer is a unique beverage with a respectable alcohol content (5.9%) and enough flavor to stand up to any craft-style microbrew.
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