The story of Bad Tom Smith is one of redemption, both the man and the brewery. Named for an infamous outlaw who was hanged in 1895, the brewery overcame an uneven start to begin producing quality beers made by good people.
Much like Bad Tom himself, who turned his back on his outlaw ways in his last hours, the brewery has committed to doing what is right. Bad Tom Smith Brewing’s turnaround is a credit to Sheryl and John Vojtush’s purchasing the brewery in April, 2015. Since that time, the taproom has been remodeled, new equipment purchased, staff has been added, and expansion plans are being implemented. Head Brewer Sean Smith, a relative of the namesake outlaw, and Assistant Brewer Rob McNamara have evolved as brewers, especially since the addition of new brewing equipment this winter. The quality of the core beers has improved, so much so that new beers and styles are being added to the lineup consistently.
Bad Tom Smith opened its Ohio City (Cleveland) Tap Room in December of 2017, and plans to move its Cincinnati-area taproom to a larger location in Madisonville in early 2018. Each location, as added, will be supported with core beers from the Cincinnati facility, but will also utilize two local home brewers each month to brew on 2- or 3-barrel brewing systems. This is a win-win scenario, allowing home brewers to get their beers brewed on a bigger scale while plugging Bad Tom Smith into each community in which we land. That, combined with the Trial By Jury rotating tap, will introduce craft beer lovers to more styles – and a wider variety of takes on existing styles – than ever before in Bad Tom Smith’s taprooms.
“Being community-centric is an important part of who we are at Bad Tom Smith,” said Vojtush. “We will continue to be a brand that will integrate as part of a community with styles of beer that will resonate for all who enjoy craft beer.” With higher quality and increased quantity of beers, Bad Tom Smith is poised to go into other markets as well, all within a four-hour drive of the Cincinnati production facility. “We will bring in new team members, in Cincinnati and each other location, that will allow us to become a brand that community will enjoy,” Vojtush said.
Another innovation of Bad Tom Smith is the Bad Ass Beer Club, which allows members to enjoy unlimited $3 pints in all locations – for life! The redemption story of Bad Tom Smith, the man, may be written, but for Bad Tom Smith Brewing, the story is just beginning.
Bad Tom Smith Brewing Beers
- NE IPA
- Pale Ale
- Choc Stout
- Amer. Strong Ale
- Brown Ale
- Kentucky Common
- Blonde Ale
- Red Rye
- Session IPA
- Pumpkin Ale
Jackson Hustler Belgian WitBeer Details
The Jackson Hustler of old told the story of Bad Tom Smith, the outlaw. This Jackson Hustler tells the story of Bad Tom Smith, the brewery. What it tells you is the brewery is doing fresh takes on classic styles, in this case, a Belgian Wit. Brewed with traditional Belgian malts and German Noble hops, the fresh take of a heaping amount of orange marmalade will make you want to hustle after this beer. A citrusy and ever-so-slightly sweet Belgian Wit, Jackson Hustler will hit the spot regardless of the season. Good beer, fresh take, done right – that’s the story of Jackson Hustler.
Flavor: Sweet, orange citrus with fruity notes.
Clarity: Hazy, pale golden color with a creamy, white head.
Aroma: Citrusy, floral, with a hint of spice.
Bad Luck Coffee PorterBeer Details
Bad Luck visited our namesake Bad Tom Smith, when the long arm of the law caught up with him. Fortunately for you, our Bad Luck has a happier ending. This is a well-balanced coffee porter made with Luckmann’s Peg Leg Jim blend, bringing out the chocolatey flavors of both a dark-roast coffee and a well-made porter. This beer debuts on Friday the 13th, but with a flavor this smooth and strong, it’s bound to soothe even the most superstitious soul!
Flavor: Robust dark-roasted coffee with a fudge, chocolaty backbone.
Clarity: Pours a deep brown with a creamy, beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malts, strong coffee note.
Hazy River NE IPABeer Details
Much as Bad Tom himself found salvation in a river, so can your tastebuds find grace in our NE IPA. This beer, an ongoing collaborative effort between Bad Tom Smith and Alexandria Brewing Company, is a combination of Simcoe, Falconer’s Flight, and Citra hops combine for a divine tasting experience, offering the juiciness of the Northeast IPA style, while retaining just enough of the hoppy bite of a more traditional IPA to bring you to a new enlightenment of what a beer can be!
Flavor: Big burst of tropical fruits, grapefruit, sweet and sticky resin.
Clarity: Hazy and golden, with a lacing, white head.
Aroma: Tropical, piney, citrus.
Wickked Sheryl’s Blush Pale AleBeer Details
As we hop into the Spring season, it’s time for a beer that’ll make you blush. We blend our strawberry-infused pale ale with Columbus and Simcoe hops to bring out a subtle hint of fruitiness and citrus. At the end of the day, Wickked Sheryl’s Blush Pale Ale is a crisp fruit beer that pours a hazy golden color with a dry finish, and does its best to pay homage to Spring. Fill up the pool, run through the sprinklers, and pour yourself a Wickked Sheryl as you light up the grill. To warmer days ahead and thirst-quenching beer!
Flavor: Strawberry, orange citrus, and a crisp, dry finish
Clarity: Hazy, golden color with a frothy white head
Aroma: Citrusy, floral, and fruity with a hint of strawberry
Series: Spring/Summer Seasonal
Black Kettle Chocolate StoutBeer Details
Black Kettle Chocolate Stout is made with roasted barley and chocolate malt, as well as a heaping amount of cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks added to the kettle. It pours the color of onyx, and is topped with a fluffy, tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of roasted espresso beans and decedent chocolate, with a tinge of cinnamon spice. A throwback to our original recipe, Black Kettle Chocolate Stout leaves you in peace with a pleasant, lingering sweetness.
Flavor: Creamy milk chocolate, fudge, cinnamon spice, and a hint of vanilla.
Clarity: Pours opaque and onyx-black, with a silky, tan head.
Aroma: Decedent chocolates, roasted espresso beans, and cinnamon spice
CINfully HOPnotic Double IPABeer Details
The roots of Bad Tom Smith’s family tree stretch far and wide – even up to Cincinnati, where head brewer and distant relative Sean Smith makes his stand. CINfully HOPnotic DIPA is brewed with five varieties of excellent hops: Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, and a heaping amount of Green Bullet, making it incredibly dank and resiny to boot. Clocking in at 10% ABV, CINfully HOPnotic will be sure to leave you in a trance.
Flavor: Robust, citrusy, and spicy with a clean finish.
Clarity: Pours a pale amber color with a creamy, white head.
Aroma: Citrusy, spicy, and tropical fruits.
Old Abe American Strong AleBeer Details
Nothing better illustrates American pride and patriotism than the story of Old Abe, an American bald eagle captured by a member of the Chippewa Tribe and traded to a settler in the late 19th century. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, Old Abe went on to see battle in the American Civil War and was later depicted on the insignia of the US Army’s 101 Airborne Division, aka ‘Screaming Eagles’. In order to give this American icon its due, we brewed our full-bodied American strong ale with a full force of American hops – Cascade and Falconer’s Flight. Added late to the boil, this blend of hops accentuates Old Abe’s citrusy and floral taste and aroma. Although it registers at 89 IBUs, the bitterness is balanced with a heaping amount of honey malt, which gives this strong ale its ample body. One sip and you’ll be spreading your wings.
Flavor: Sticky honey with dark fruits, citrus, grapefruit, and caramel.
Clarity: Pours slightly cloudy and mahogany brown, with an off-white head.
Aroma: Rich honey, citrus, and floral, with a lemony zest.
Bad Tom Smith American Brown AleBeer Details
Bad Tom Smith was a felon and a murderer. He confessed to the killing of six men as he awaited his fate at the gallows, telling the gathering crowd that “bad whiskey and bad women have brought me where I am”. That being said, we hope to do penance for his crimes by making good beer for all the bad whiskey Bad Tom drank. This includes our flagship beer. Deep within this dark liquid lies the essence of a brown ale: a malty, sweet backbone surrounded by notes of nuttiness and caramel, with just a hint of chocolate. Low hop bitterness balances out the rich body to create a solid, impressionable American Brown.
Flavor: Nutty and sweet, with caramel and a hint of chocolate.
Clarity: Pours an unclouded, deep amber-brown with a smooth, beige head.
Aroma: Subtle roasted malts, toasted bread, and a notable sweetness.
Doc’s Kentucky CommonBeer Details
As a nod to our brewery’s Commonwealth roots, we brewed a Kentucky Common, a style indigenous to the United States – Doc’s Kentucky Common. A hefty amount of corn and rye gives it a dry crispness and a spicy finish. As a throwback to the style’s origin, we also added a touch of acidulated malt, which lends a subtle tartness to this complex replication of Bluegrass history. Smooth in body, a bounty of complimentary flavors, and lightly hopped to balance the malty sweetness, Doc’s Kentucky Common is just what the doctor ordered.
Flavor: Light on the palate with a malty, caramel sweetness, a hint of tartness, and a crisp, spicy finish.
Clarity: Pours a deep amber with a white head.
Aroma: Corn-like, with a caramel malt accent.
Breathitt County Blonde AleBeer Details
Deep in the heart of Eastern Kentucky, Bad Tom Smith was hanged for his villainous ways. To commemorate the county that put Bad Tom to justice, we made an easy drinking blonde ale that pours a golden hue with a creamy, white head. Hallertau hops create a floral aroma as you throw this one back. It may be our lightest offering, but this blonde boasts a sweet, full flavored body with a touch of breadiness. Raise one to Breathitt County!
Flavor: Slightly malty and bready sweetness with a subtle, refreshingly crisp hop finish.
Clarity: Pours hazy and golden, with a creamy, white head.
Aroma: Floral, with a hint of crisp apples and a biscuity backbone.
Fink Red RyeBeer Details
Made with spicy and rich American rye malt, which gives the style its noticeable haze, and Red X malt to bring out its reddish color, Fink delivers a malty body teeming with toffee and caramels. Blended with Falconer’s Flight hops to highlight a tropical, grapefruit zest, everything we put in this beer comes together to create a flavor as big as the legend himself.
Flavor: Rich, mouth-coating flavors of toffee and caramel, layered with a tropical, grapefruit zest and a slight spiciness.
Clarity: Pours hazy and reddish-brown, with a fluffy, khaki-colored head.
Aroma: Tropical and fruity, with an abundance of malty sweetness.
Coal Hearted Killer Russian Imperial StoutBeer Details
In the hills of Appalachia, miners excavated coal from the ground while Bad Tom put six men in it. Breathitt County has long been a part of coal country, and its residents certainly haven’t forgotten the atrocities committed by a certain cold-hearted killer. Therefore, we’ve brewed a beer as black as coal and as ruthless as the man himself. Coal Hearted Killer Russian Imperial Stout pours thick and creamy – a pitch-black liquid loaded with rich fudge, chocolate, and roasted coffee. At 11.9% ABV, there can be no mercy. Be on the lookout – a killer is on the loose!
Flavor: Silky fudge, creamy chocolate, and robust coffee
Clarity: Pitch black, with a thick, coffee-brown head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, and molasses
Series: Winter Seasonal
American Outlaw Session IPABeer Details
It takes a lot to become an American outlaw, and you can’t do it on big beers alone. That’s why American Outlaw Session IPA is perfect for someone who needs to get things done, but aims to enjoy the taste of a good, flavorful beer at the same time. Our Simcoe-hopped session IPA pours a glistening, pale golden color and boasts a refreshing, citrusy flavor with a clean finish. At 4.8% ABV, American Outlaw makes a great companion for everything you need to do throughout the day.
Flavor: Resiny and citrusy, with a clean finish.
Clarity: Pours a clear and pale gold, with a thick and lacing white head.
Aroma: Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine.
Cheating The Gallows Pumpkin AleBeer Details
Bad Tom Smith couldn’t cheat the gallows, so we made a beer that could. Here at Bad Tom Smith, we infused our brown ale with the flavors that make the holiday season great: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. We then added vanilla to create the perfect whipped cream topping for this slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Our seasonal harvest ale can only cheat the gallows for so long, so grab a pint while supplies last!
Flavor: Freshly-baked pumpkin pie blended with nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice, topped with vanilla and a tinge of chocolate.
Clarity: Pours an unclouded, deep amber-brown with a smooth, beige head.
Aroma: Dominant pumpkin pie spice with subtle roasted malts and vanilla.
Series: Fall Seasonal