This ale is a sign of good things to come, namely, Old Backus Barley wine. Small Beers are produced from the “second runnings” of an unusually large mash, Old Backus in this case. “Runnings” refer to the sugary liquid created in the mash and transferred, or run, to the kettle in the production of wort. There’s usually a great deal of sugar left in the mash from the production of big beers like barley wine. To create the Small Beer, we rinse the remaining sugars and boil the resultant wort with generous additions of Cascade and Simcoe hops late in the boil. This beer may be small in stature, but it is full of character. A surprising malt background compliments the floral and citrus hop characters in this light bodied beer. Served cask conditioned.