Topic Archives: Coffee

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA debuts in “fresh” series

Stone Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA

Stone Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA is officially the next in a line of “Enjoy By” beers.

Fresh and hoppy is the core of Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By Series, giving distributors and drinkers alike a time frame to ship, purchase and drink the “Devastatingly Fresh” India pale ale.

Since the beer’s inception, various iterations of the beer have been released, including Enjoy By Tangerine IPA, and Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA. Headed to shelves now – Stone Enjoy By Coffee & Chocolate IPA.

The brewing team tested several batches of fruit and chocolate beers before finding the right blend of hops, chocolate and and coffee. The coffee is San Diego Sunrise, a blonde roast by Ryan Bros. Coffee. This particular roast is less on the roast and more on the chocolate flavor. The cocoa beans were carefully sourced from Belize, and shelled roasted and shelled by the team.

It’s not unusual to see pronouncements of “I Heart Hops,” “I Heart Chocolate” or “I Heart Coffee” throughout #socialmedia, printed on T-shirts and, notch, emblazoned on coffee cups. Over the past couple of decades we have helped add “I Freaking Heart IPAs” to that lexicon. Today, passionate people can’t imagine a world without all of the above. For this special edition, we added chocolate and coffe to make this devastatingly fresh IPA even more seductive to the palate. We humbly suggest that you use this libation to proclaim your love for someone…and we suggest that someone be you. Loving yourself is exactly what this libation is all about.

Stone Enjoy By Coffee & Chocolate IPA will be a draft, 12 and 22 ounce bottle and draft release.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Coffee, Chocolate)
Hops: Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Delta, Target, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, Helga
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 22oz Bottles, Draft.

Distribution: AK ,AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI
International Distribution: Japan, Korea, Singapore
Debut: January, 2017

9.4% ABV

Posted in Flat 12 Bierwerks, New Releases

Coffee Collab: Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown

Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown

Buzz beer might be the perfect term for Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown. The Indianapolis, Indiana based brewery has a coffee laden seasonal headed to shelves.

It may be too early to think about spring seasonals, but you’ll be able to enjoy this one until it feels warmer. Sean Lewis, Flat 12’s head brewer, created a brown ale brewed with milk sugar, and single-origin Colombian coffee beans roasted to by the experts at Tinker Coffee.

“We met the guys at Tinker Coffee through mutual friends around their opening November 2014. We really liked their coffee so we paid them a visit and proposed trading for beer. That led to talks about creating some beers together. It’s cool to be able to work with friends in different local industries and we’re really looking forward to our first can release.” – Head Brewer Sean Lewis

This is the first time the duo have created a full scale collaboration. Last year, Tinker Coffee provided beans for a variant of Flat 12’s Pinko Russian Imperial Stout.

Flat 12 Downtown Tinker Brown is now available in 12 ounce cans and draft, as a spring 2017 seasonal.

Style: Brown Ale (w/ Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Spring Seasonal.
Debut: 1/6/17

6% ABV, 28 IBUs

Posted in Don't Miss This, Hi Wire Brewing, New Releases

Vanilla, chocolate & coffee make Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout

Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout

Expect this one to pour like motor oil. Meet Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout.

Just as the can says, this imperial stout is brewed with fresh vanilla beans, dark chocolate from local French Broad Chocolates, and Organic Dynamite Roasting Company coffee beans. The sum of the parts means one big decadent way to start off the new year.

…coffee accentuates the cocoa and adds slight roast to balance out the vanilla in this dessert beer.

Hi-Wire 10W-40 Imperial Stout will be available in 16 ounce cans starting January 6th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Coffee)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 1/2/16

8% ABV

Posted in Modern Times Beer, New Releases

Nitro coconut, coffee & chocolate for Modern Times

Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa

Kicking off 2017 in smooth fashion – Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa.

The base beer is Black House, the brewery’s year-round oatmeal coffee stout, brewed with Ethiopian Hambela and Sumatran coffee. This special January 2017 release is not only nice and creamy thanks to the nitrogen, but also features coconut and cocoa.

This beer turned out absolutely outstanding, with a decadent mélange of chocolaty, coffee-laden radness laced with delicious notes of coconut, all wrapped up in a package so smooth and velvety, you’ll say, “Damn…that is extremely smooth and velvety.

Modern Times Nitro Black House with Coffee, Coconut, & Cocoa will be available across the brewery’s entire distribution area in early January.

Style: Oatmeal Stout (w/ Cocoa, Coconut, Coffee) Nitro Pour
Hops:
Malts: 2 Row, Oats, Crystal 60, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, Carapils

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: January, 2017

?? ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Spoetzl Brewery

Get wired. Shiner Cold Brew Coffee Ale celebrates 108 years of brewing

Shiner Cold Brew Coffee Ale

Hope you didn’t forget about Spoetzl Brewery. Those fine folks have something new for you. Meet Shiner Cold Brew Coffee Ale.

Spoetzl didn’t have to go far from his coffee meets beer collaboration. Chameleon Cold Brew, now sold nationally, is just up the road. Chameleon hand picked coffee beans that pair well with the beer’s roasty dark malt and Mt. Hood hops.

By now you’ve had cold brew coffee. Even coffee served nitro taps. Gradually emerging in the coffee scene is coffee that features the same key ingredient in brewing – hops. Lightly hopped cold brew coffee has become popular over the past year or so.

in our mind, Shiner Cold Brew Coffee Ale follows that same path. It drinks like a beer, as well as a hopped cold brew. Minus the astringency and bitterness that either can bring to your palate on their own. A clean finishing, lager-like coffee beer. Except it’s an ale..

Beer brewing is nothing new to Spoetzel. This release celebrates their 108th birthday. Shiner Cold Brew Coffee Ale can be found now in 12 ounce bottles, cans, 24 ounce bottles, and draft for a limited time.

Style: Pale Ale (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Bottles. 24oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: December, 2016

5% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Evil Twin Brewing, New Releases, Westbrook Brewing Co

Ultimately pretty epic. Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break bottle

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break. Meet the mashup of two highly sought after beers that is sure to instill panic in the beer geeks. Let the sweating commence.

Evil Twin, who is building a brewery on their own in New York, has been contract brewing for years at Westbrook Brewing in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – the birthplace of Westbrook’s Mexican Cake. “Cake” started out as a way to mark the brewery’s anniversary. Morgan and Edward Westbrook brewed an imperial stout with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and fresh habanero peppers. Since then, the beer has become a hot commodity, selling in the secondary market for hundreds of dollars. Don’t even ask how much beer traders are asking for barrel-aged variants.

Then there’s Evil Twin Biscotti Break. As the name suggests, this imperial stout mimics the coffee shop dessert, brewed with vanilla and almond, and coffee.

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break slams together the best of both those beers. An imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla and habanero peppers. Both beers are awesome treats.

The result? An even bigger beer. Two dessert beers meeting in one glass could be overwhelming. Not in this case. As the beer warms, cinnamon chocolate and vanilla start to pop. Subtle elements of the two beer threads are far from a challenge to find in each sip. The only thing subtle here are the peppers. Two epic beers in one bottle. We thought only shampoo and conditioner could pull that off.

Evil Twin Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break is a 22 ounce limited release.

Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee, Cinnamon, Almonds, Cocoa Nibs, Habanero Peppers.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: Late November/December, 2016

10.5% ABV

Posted in Creature Comforts, Don't Miss This, Seasonal Return

Creature Comforts Koko Buni is coffee, meets chocolate

Creature Comforts Koko Buni can

Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans later this month.

One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs  Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall seasonal has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.

“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.

Taste. 

Coffee lovers will find a home here. The 2016 Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut. (Perhaps a bit less coconut compared to past releases.)

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the brewery’s Get Comfortable Campaign to end hunger and homelessness. Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12 ounce can offering.

Style: Milk Porter (w/ Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Lactose.)
Availability: Draft, 12oz Cans
Distribution: Georgia (very limited)
Latest Return: November, 2016

6.8% ABV

Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.