Coffee Beers – 5 To Drink Now
The only thing better than getting your morning coffee fix is when that coffee is also a beer. Of all the beer styles and all the creative ingredients being added to beers, I must admit that I think coffee beers, specifically coffee stouts, are my favorite.
No matter the season or what time of day, I love the rich roasted flavor of a stout married with the aroma and taste of coffee. Many breweries are using local coffee roasters’ beans in their coffee, so it’s fun to try the different varieties and support local businesses.
There are so many great options that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but here are a few I recommend you try.
Victory Java Cask
Released earlier this year, Victory Java Cask infuses yet another of my favorite things: bourbon barrel aging. I absolutely adored this brew; the combination of rich creamy coffee with the vanilla and even coconut that bourbon can impart with just a slight oak flavor in the very finish. Yum. Victory uses Johnny Brenda’s fair-trade Costa Rican coffee in this brew.
Evolution Rise Up
Maryland favorites Evolution Craft Brewing offer two versions of Rise Up: the regular stout and the Russian Imperial stout. This is going to be a shock knowing I love the higher gravity beers, but I actually prefer the regular Rise Up Stout. It’s a little thinner in body than the RIS version, and I like that it gives me more of the cold brew mouth feel. Evolution uses Rise Up Coffee Imports Sumatra blend coffee in this brew.
Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout
If you like really delicious, high ABV, bourbon-y awesome coffee stouts, this was made for you. I tried Sunday Morning Stout as my first beer at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp festival a few years ago, and I didn’t really want to drink anything else the rest of the day. This brew gives KBS a run for its money, and that’s really saying something. Weyerbacher uses Field Stone Coffee Roasters for their brew.
Starr Hill Red Roostarr
Starr Hill’s Red Roostarr is a bit different from the rest, as it’s a coffee cream stout. Expect a full-bodied milk stout with hints of chocolate mixed right in with a present, but not overwhelming, decadent coffee flavor. Starr Hill uses Red Rooster Coffee Roasters coffee in this brew.
Pizza Boy Sunny Side Up
My all-time ultimate favorite coffee stout is hands-down Pizza Boy Brewing’s Sunny Side Up. Made with Midtown’s own Little Amps Coffee, SSU delivers the rich flavor of an oatmeal stout, the thick body to match its 9.5% ABV, and the perfect amount of sweetness. Just one sip and it’s an instant ‘ahh’ moment that will put a nice big smile on your face. My recommendation is to bug your buddy for one of the bourbon barrel cans that released last week.
Categories: Craft Beer