Coffee Craft Beers
Craft Beers with coffee added to them have been around for some time but lately have increased in popularity. With more Craft Breweries open and brewers exercising their creativity, coffee is one ingredient that is being utilized more and more. Also, the amount of specialty coffee varieties available with their unique flavor profiles gives brewers quite a few choices to create some amazing specialty beers. Our Wolf Creek Over the Moon Stout is a great example. We add organic cacao beans and cold-brewed, locally roasted Intelligencia (fair trade Zambian Ljulu Lipati Pearberry) coffee to create this fabulous mocha-licious chocolate mike-stout.
Some dark Craft beers already have some “coffee notes” due to the darker malts used including Black Malt, Dark Chocolate Malt, and Black Wheat Malt. These malts are common in the crafting of dark beers such as Stouts and Porters and give a roasted coffee-like flavor to these beers. Brewers have found that by adding coffee to beer they can achieve some very intense coffee flavors and aromas on top of the roasted malt flavors.
By using different and unique varieties of coffee produced by specialty roasters the brewer can choose a multitude of coffee flavors to meld with the flavors in the finished beer. Coffee can be added in different ways to the brewing process but one of the most preferred ways is to “cold brew” the coffee and add it to the beer after fermentation is complete. This process preserves the intense aroma aspects of the coffee and can concentrate its flavors.
Coffee beers do not have to be dark beers and in fact one of the more popular beers available now is from Noble Ale Works of Anaheim which is called Naughty Sauce. It’s a Golden Milk Stout brewed with oats, milk sugar and coffee! Cheers!