Though we tend to drink one in the morning and one in the evening (broadly speaking), coffee and beer share many attributes. Their parity stems not only from their ingredients, but their preparation.
Bitterness or acidity, a key quality of coffee, is brought about by hops in beer and plays an integral part in balancing sweetness. Like in coffee, bitterness can be offset through the addition of cream or milk sugars.
The roasty, malty, caramel and nutty characteristics in beer are accentuated through the selection of malt, as well as in the kilning and roasting processes. For instance, the dark, roasted malt used in porters and stouts resembles the flavors and aromas of darker, full-bodied coffees like French roast. These characteristics are further enhanced by actually adding coffee to beer.
While most coffee beers are limited-time winter seasonals, we have finagled to bring you some of the finest we know in the month of March. The following will definitely be available, but there may be more! Stop in and ask our Beer Experts what's brewing!
If You're an Espresso Lover, Try Tröegs JavaHead Stout
Made with a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans, this stout boasts nice notes of coffee, oat, chocolate, and flowery hops. The hop bite and coffee play extremely well together.
If You Dig Kona, Try Bell's Java Stout
Featuring a huge coffee nose alongside dark chocolate, roasted and even smoky malts, this stout is intensely flavored with a custom blend of coffee beans roasted locally by Water Street Coffee.
If French Roast is your Go-To, Try Flying Dog Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
Enjoy notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses, brown sugar, dried fruit, subtle vanilla and earthy yeast for a balance of rich, roasted stout and deep, dark coffee.
If You Tend Toward French Vanilla, Try Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
Featuring aromas of brown sugar and vanilla cream with hints of roasted coffee, initially this beer's roasty, mocha flavors rise up, but then it finishes with a slight hop and toasted bitterness.