Topic Archives: Coffee

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Southern Tier Brewing

Like pumpkin pie served with a cup of coffee. Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking debuts

Southern Tier Cold Press Pumking bottles

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking, a variant of one of the most well-known pumpkin beers, has started hitting shelves.

The mere mention of Pumking will typically get a strong “love it” or “hate it” reaction. Either way, it’s hard to doubt this pumpkin beer has made quite an impression on the beer scene. In addition to this coffee variant, Rum Barrel Pumking is also a part of the fall lineup.

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is created in a few steps. First, the brewery mashed in the grains at a higher temperature in order to leave a little residual sweetness to pair better with the coffee flavor.

Once fermentation was completed the beer was cold crashed to 32 degrees, and 150 pounds of cold pressed coffee from local roaster Stedman’s was added. Incidentally, the brewery pressed the coffee themselves.

In the end, the coffee adds nutty and cocoa flavors to Pumking’s strong pumpkin and pie crust flavors. Most folks have tried the base beer, Pumking – easily one of the boldest pumpkin beers out there. The coffee presence is strong but really strikes a balance with the pumpkin flavors, almost muting them a bit. Cold Press Pumking truly is pumpkin pie served with a cup of coffee.

Due to the infusion, this beer does have traces of caffeine.

Southern Tier Cold Press Coffee Pumking is a limited draft and 12-ounce bottle offering.

Style: Pumpkin Beer (w/ Coffee)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: September 2017

8.6% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in New Releases, The Veil Brewing

WIRED: The Veil Brewing Single Origin Coffee Hornswoggler

The Veil Brewing Single Origin Coffee Hornswoggler

The famed ‘Hornswoggler’ gets treated to a cup of coffee today. The Veil Brewing Single Origin Coffee Hornswoggler debuts at 4 pm.

This dessert beer series started with a chocolate milk stout known as Hornswoggler. The smooth, creamy, flavors of chocolate with a hint of coffee is as rich as it is pleasing. That release has spun off variants like Coconut, Oreos, and even candy bars.

The Veil Brewing Single Origin Coffee Hornswoggler is the latest variant in the lineup, featuring coffee from Richmond, Virginia based Blanchard’s Coffee. After sampling through their roasts, The Veil settled on their Colombia El Obraje variety. Those fans that have tried the brewery’s Snozzwired (and loved it), you’ll be happy to know there is 3 times more coffee in Single Origin Coffee Hornswoggler.

This is just EXPLODING with intense coffee both on the aromatics and palate. 

The Veil Brewing Single Origin Coffee Hornswoggler will be available in 16-ounce cans when the brewery opens on September 12th.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited
Debut: 9/12/17

7% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Headlines, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater is bottling their coffee bourbon barrel-aged stout as ‘Sinners Son’

SweetWater Sinners Son

Coffee and bourbon barrel-aging meet in SweetWater Sinners Son, a release that truly needs to be on your radar.

The road to this release began with SweetWater Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. After years of working on the barrel-aged stout, it was finally released in 2015.

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Earlier this year, SweetWater opened a new extension to the brewery designed just for wild ales and barrel-aged beers dubbed The Woodlands. Ever so casually, the brewery introduced a coffee infused edition of the bourbon imperial stout on draft in the expansion. The result? Absolutely incredible.

The blend of vanilla oak, freshly roasted coffee, and a touch of bitter chocolate makes SweetWater Sinners Son one of the best barrel-aged coffee stouts we’ve ever tried. Soon it will be bottled under its new name.

Sinner’s Son is ripe with age, driven to the cellar for months to mature in bourbon barrels. Just prior to bottling, a fresh blend of coffee and espresso beans from the JavaVino farm was introduced to harmonize with roasted malts and bring balance to its complex barrel aged soul. This imperial stout is decadent at 12.4% ABV with rich chocolate and vanilla notes, a velvety mouthfeel, and hints of oak.

SweetWater Sinners Son is slated to be blended in late-September, and bottled in October 2017. The brewery has not yet announced a release date.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

12.4% ABV

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines

Is Founders CBS ready to return in 2017?

Founders CBS

Is Founders CBS ready to return finally returning this year?

One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.

The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.

The only time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.

Since then, the Backstage Series expanded and morphed into the Barrel Aged Series. Still, any indication of a Founders CBS return has been non-existent.

Until now.

Artwork for Founders CBS relabeled under the Barrel Aged Series moniker and a 2017 release year have surfaced.

Founders is not commenting on the beer’s re-entry into the lineup. This is the closest to the fact from rumor we’ve seen since the bottle debut years ago.

Developing

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Maple Syrup. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: TBA

?? ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Three Taverns Brewery

Coconut, Espresso & Sherry barrels: Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep

Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm's Deep

This beer was a massive hit at the 2017 Shelton Brothers Festival in Atlanta. On September 1st, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep will be found in bottles for the first time.

Another strong entry in Beer Street Journal’s highly unofficial “dessert beer” category, Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep definitely delivers. The 13% alcohol by volume imperial stout has been aging in Sherry barrels and infused with coconut and espresso coffee. Calories don’t count here.

Infused with espresso and toasted coconut before aging in Sherry barrels, this variant of Helm’s Deep produces flavors of German chocolate cake drizzled with coffee and rich Sherry sweetness.

Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm’s Deep will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery on September 1st.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Coconut. Barrel Aged. Sherry.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited release.
Debut (Bottles): 9/1/17

13% ABV

Posted in Abnormal Beer Co., Coming Soon, Headlines, Stone Brewing Co.

Inspired by ice cream: Stone Neopolitan Dynamite

Stone Neopolitan Dynamite

Ice cream inspired beer? Stone Neopolitan Dynamite, a collaboration with Abnormal Beer Co. and American Homebrew Association Rally winners Paul Bischeri and Patrick Martinez, is on the way.

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2017 marks the 10th year AHA members have submitted their beers for judging which includes team members at Stone Brewing. Past winners include Ken Schmidt twice (Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout) and (Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter)and Jason Fields and Kevin Sheppard (Chocolate Cherry Stout). The winner brewer or brewers gets to brew the beer on a production scale, usually with a guest production brewery.

This year’s release Stone Neopolitan Dynamite is inspired by Neopolitan ice cream. The base beer is an imperial stout, brewed with strawberries, vanilla, chocolate and coffee.

You hold in your hands the most recent winner. Finding inspiration in that humble box of striped ice cream from out childhoods, Neapolitan Dynamite is an intense Imperial Stout brewed with vanilla, strawberries, an chocolate, revved up with a shot of coffee to fuel the ultimate dance contest on your palate, gosh!

Stone mentions this Rex Kwon Do of imperial stouts has it all. Nunchuck skills, computer hacking skills, AND bow hunting skills. Plus it pairs well with a liger. That’s have man, half tiger.

Stone Neopolitan Dynamite will be available in 22 ounce bottles. The brewery has not officially announced this release.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberries. Coffee)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

8.5% ABV

Posted in Headlines

Java Stout out, Bell’s Arabicadabra goes up

Bell's Arabicadabra

This fall a new coffee heavy milk stout will debut in Michigan – Bell’s Arabicadabra.

The slightly complicated to say name is a play on the Arabica coffee beans in this release. Bell’s chose Grand Rapids, Michican based Ferris Coffee. At least for 2017, Bell’s Arabicadabra will stand in for longstanding favorite, Java Stout.

Arabicadabra uses cold coffee extract made at the brewery, using Nicaraguan and Sumatran coffee beans and a touch of the milk sugar.

Java Stout will always have a special place in our portfolio and isn’t being permanently retired. This year, we are changing things up a bit. Arabicadabra is a different take on a coffee stout and very similar to a local favorite that was released at our pub and at some events. It’s time to share it with an even larger audience.” – Laura Bell, CEO

Bell’s Arabicadabra will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft in fall, 2017.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Fall, 2017

5.5% ABV