We all have a story. Ours starts with an outlaw, his distant relative who learned how to brew #BadAssInAGlass, and ends with a taste that makes you slow life down enough to make friends with a stranger. Our craft beers are who we are, lets you know where we’re from, and gives us a chance to hang with you. Bad Tom Smith Brewing brings its quality brewed craft beers and bourbons to the communities of Cleveland & Cincinnati via our comfortable tap rooms. Our story simply ends with the passion we have in wanting to bring you a Bad Ass taste in every Glass.
The story of Bad Tom Smith is one of redemption, both the man and the brewery. Bad Tom Smith was a Coal Hearted Killer from Breathitt County. An American Outlaw who’s gun was always Cocked and Loaded, who spent most of his adult life escaping justice. When he killed the town doctor, Doc Rader, the law was going to ensure that he was not going to Cheat the Gallows one more time. Convicted in two minutes and a little Bad Luck caused him to fail in his final attempted Jailbreak.
In the end, Bad Tom was looking for Redemption through baptism by 13 Preachers. The Jackson Hustler reported that over 5000 people were present when Bad Tom Smith stood and provided his final hour long testimony; “Bad Women and bad whiskey have brought me where I am, don’t drink bad whiskey and don’t do as I have done”… with his last words being “Save me, O God, save me”, the lever was pulled by the Hangman to end the life of America’s original Bad Ass. Forever his Tombstone declaring that he was “bad enough to be hanged, not too bad for God to save”.