Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Two buzzes, one glass: North Texas beers brewed with local coffee
Now that's how you get two buzzes from one glass.
DALLAS The local craft beer scene has gotten a caffeine boost recently, as several North Texas breweries have teamed up with independently-owned coffee shops in the area to brew recipes that offer two buzzes from one glass. As it turns out, there's a surprising number of ways to incorporate coffee flavor into beer.
Check out the differences below.
Community Beer Company — Ascension Coffee Porter — These two neighboring businesses in Dallas' Design District collaborated on a 6.8% ABV Baltic porter that is robust and delicious. The beer is infused with roasted Sumatra beans that manifest subtly in the aroma and smoothly in the taste. The beer has strong nutty flavors that don't overpower. Its coffee accent is surprisingly mild. Like a good cup of espresso, the beer has a bitterness to it but very little acidity. The aftertaste is so pleasantly sweet, you may forget it contains alcohol.
Get it: Community Beer Company's Ascension Coffee Porter is currently available in the brewery's newly opened taproom. Founder Kevin Carr said he will be distributing the brew to bars soon and hopes to make the recipe a year-round offering.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company — Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Ale — To make this brew, DEBC head brewer Jeremy Hunt challenged his employees to create an oatmeal brown ale that incorporates both milk and sugar, to compliment Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters' Panamanian "Carmen" coffee beans. Instead of using the beans to brew, DEBC injected the beer with Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters' pre-made cold brew. This combination retains the initial taste of beer with the effervescence of toddy for a toasty, 7.5% ABV brown ale. In the aftertaste, the chocolate malts shine through for a sweet finish and very little bitterness.
Get it: Deep Ellum's Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Ale is a limited release that will be available in bars as of January 21. The brewery will likely be brewing more throughout the year, according to special events coordinator Zack Fickey.
Small Brewpub — Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Porter — Small Brewpub is slated to open its doors in Oak Cliff sometime this spring, so you can't actually taste this brew unless you attend one of its pop-up concerts. It's worth mentioning, however, because it uses the same Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters' Panamanian beans as Deep Ellum Brewing, but in a different way. The beans are brewed into a robust porter that, like Community's coffee beer, tastes more like a cup of joe than a pint of beer. The aroma of Small Brewpub's beer is immediately apparent as you lift the cup to your lips. The coffee flavors are strong with a bitterness on the front end, but finish smoothly. The taste is so similar to coffee that it warrants a splash of cream. Beer latte, anyone?
Get it: Small Brewpub hosts monthly pop-up concerts where patrons can try the brewpub's beer for free. To hear about the next event, sign up for the company's newsletter.Follow @tineywristwatch
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