If brewers can create something magical with malt and roasters can find fabulous flavors in a bean, then just imagine what the combination can do. Thankfully, in California, we don’t have to wishful think. We have many great examples of coffee beers. Here are 10 caffeine-charged beers to jump-start your day.
One of the most hyped beers from 2013 exceeds expectations. The marriage of Milk Stout with coffee is inspired. So much so that there is now an imperial version, Bean Bump.
2. AleSmith Speedway Stout
This beer can be found in limited quantities, but is a must try. A new Jamaican Blue Mountain mix is being released and their Vietnamese coffee version is wonderful. It may require a taproom visit to find Speedway Stout, but you should visit them anyway.
3. Haven Brewing P.E.D. featuring coffee from Portola Coffee Lab
Brian Thorson also brews up a fine El Barista Rojo but this below 5% brown ale has a serious amount of coffee in it: 1.5 pounds per barrel.
Freshly ground coffee beans are dropped into the brew kettle to concoct this stout, which was not on the 2013 brewing calendar but hopefully will return this year!
All I have to say is Great American Beer Festival and Gold Medal. If Bloody Knuckle porter with coffee can run that gauntlet of beer judges then it is good.