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As the weather starts to cool down, I start to crave hot coffee drinks and dark rich beers .
In today’s beer world, brewing a good beer isn’t good enough anymore. Brewers are looking for new ways to excite drinkers and attract new consumers. Coffee is a 3 billion dollar industry, so why wouldn’t the craft brewers want to tap into this market. Amazingly, when I sample people that tell me they don’t like “beer”, I ask them if they like coffee and if the answer is “yes”, I start them with stouts. This surprises a lot of people but when you think about it, stouts and porters really do taste more like cold coffee than “beer”.
Coffee and stout share common tastes and flavor characteristics that make them perfect compliments. Roasted coffee beans are most similar to roasted barley—an important malt variety that makes a stout a stout—which has a similar chocolate, espresso trait. Brewers are even experimenting with adding coffee to other beer styles such as IPAs, kolsch and cream ales.
There are a couple ways to add coffee into beer. Brewers may steep the beans in either water or beer to impart java flavor without adding acidity. Some brewers age the beer on roasted coffee beans; others add coffee into the boil or into the fermentation; some steep grounds, making a “cold toddy”; still others simply add cold-brew coffee to the finished beer.
This year we have several coffee beers available. Starting with Alaskan Heritage brown ale. Partnering with Heritage Coffee Roasting Company out of Juneau AK, Alaskan has created this new fall seasonal. The Brazilian coffee flavor is very present in this brew but not overwhelming, allowing the subtle chocolate malt and cocoa flavors to shine through. This beer is very sessionable and satisfying.
Kona Pipeline Porter is finally back on the mainland after its short retreat to the Big Island. This beer is definitely a staple in Kona’s seasonal selection. Brewed with Hawaiian Kona Coffee, this beer is smooth and rich with dark chocolate and rich roasted flavors.
What’s funny is the big boy of this season features a toddler sitting in a highchair eating oatmeal on the label! Founders Breakfast Stout comes in at 8.3% ABV ; this creamy, delicious oatmeal stout is brewed with chocolate and two types of coffees. This beer was inspired over a decade ago when a regular brewery patron came into the brewery eating chocolate-covered espresso beans and offered one to co-founder Dave Engbers. Dave happily accepted and washed it down with a sip from his glass of porter, and the idea began. The plan started out as a Coffee Chocolate porter which later became the Oatmeal Stout we all know and love today.
If you haven’t tried one of these beers I would highly encourage you to. They give you a warm, comfort feeling just like a nice cup of coffee!
Oktoberfest is a German tradition dating back to October 12, 1810. The largest celebration in the world takes place in Munich, Germany and it’s a 16-day festival. It runs from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million visitors from around the world attending.
The first Oktoberfest was to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the event. The fields were named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s meadow”) in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since. The festival was later moved to September to allow for better weather conditions and more outdoor activities and beer garden. There has been a parade that takes place the first Saturday of the fest since 1850, and serves as the official prelude to the Oktoberfest celebration. The parade showcases beautifully decorated horse teams from the breweries and the bands that play in the festival tents. It ends at the Theresienwiesn with the Mayor of Munich performing the official “Tapping of the Beer Keg” ceremony held at noon on the first day. The mayor cries out O’zapft –“It’s tapped” which signals the opening of Oktoberfest. Then everyone can find their way to one of the many tents to enjoy beers brewed within Munich that follow the Reinheitsgebot “German Purity Law”.
Oktoberfest beers are also known as a Marzen , the German style tends to be a lighter sweeter, orange-amber color and a slightly higher ABV. Historical this style was brewed in the spring and stores in cold caves or cellars during the summer months to be consumed in the fall months at celebrations such as Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Beer is a registered trademark by the Club of Munich Brewers, the 6 breweries that can produce these beers for this event are Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten, and Hofbräu-München.
This is one of the most impressive events to attend and one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. This year’s celebration is September 17th- October 3rd….It’s a good excuse for a September Beer Getaway.
One great way to train your wait staff is to take them to a brewery so they see firsthand how beer is made. This is so impactful when you see these giant tanks and bags of grain and hops and realize that the finally product of this labor is served in 12oz cans or 16oz pint glasses daily.
Joseph James loves to educate our community by offering brewery trips to accounts that carry their products. Brewery Rep , Shaun Frost, walks each class through the step by step brewing process while allowing them to sample the different brews offered by Joseph James. Groups get to interact with the brewery staff and see their day to day work from cleaning a mash-tun to canning beers and the ever favorite fermentation blow off bucket.
If you are interested in setting up a tour call (702) 454-2739, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Abita Peach Lager-4.5%ABV
Fresh Louisiana peaches are handpicked for this smooth lager. Pale malt gives the beer a sweet, crisp taste, with abundant amounts of ripe, juicy peaches added in the brewhouse to capture the flavors and aromas of real, fresh fruit.
Melissa Note-This beer smells like a fresh peach in a bottle!
|Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale-7%ABVStyle-Brown AleThis rich brown ale has a big cocoa aroma with light earthy roasted and gourmet coffee notes. The flavor has a light sweetness with fruity hazelnut and medium coffee flavors. There is a deep coffee base, without an overwhelming coffee flavor that allows the brown ale and a hint of Cascade and Calypso hops to shine through.|
Alaskan Perseverance Ale-9%ABV
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
This complex and malt-forward Imperial Stout is brewed with an array of local ingredients such as Alaska birch syrup which lends a deep, almost tart character to the dark malt profile, while wildflower honey adds a delicate sweetness and floral notes to the aroma and finish. As well as a slight addition of our in-house alder-smoked malt to add a distinctive roasted flavor, without overpowering the more subtle flavors for this dynamic anniversary brew.
Anderson Valley Fall Hornin’-6%ABV
Style: Pumpkin Ale
A brilliantly dark copper hue with a dense & creamy beige colored head. Aromas of caramelized malt and baking bread, seasonal spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Pleasantly creamy, with a silky body, sweet caramel flavor, the tang of the spices and a hint of hops, all wrapped in a round smooth finish.
Anderson Valley The Kimmie, the Yank and the Holy Gose-4.2%ABV
With a bright, golden color and tight, creamy head, the earthy wood undertones in this beer develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy, reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze.
Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl-8.5%ABV
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Our bourbon barrel-aged Fall Hornin’ is pleasantly creamy with a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. The aging process imparts notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak to compliment the tang of the spices and a hint of hops, all wrapped in a smooth, round finish.
Gordon Biersch Fest Bier-5.6%ABV
Style: Oktoberfest Style
Gordon Biersch’s Festbier is the style of beer most commonly served during the modern day Oktoberfest celebration. It a full bodied, rich, moderately hopped, bronze lager.
Elysian Hubris IPA-8.6%ABV
Style: Imperial IPA
96 Points Rate Beer
We’ve been warned:
What goes up, must come down.
With over the top Northwest hop flavor, Elysian Brewing’s newest release in the Manic IPA Series, Hubris, is a Huge IPA with designs to touch the sky. Completely full of itself and without regard, Hubris stridently takes its place in the pantheon of Elysian IPAs. But before the fall, there’s 10 hop additions of Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial to the melt the wax off your wings.
Nevada Craft Brewers Association
This light, unfiltered Belgian Ale is laced with lemon and orange zest to create a refreshing summer brew. Each year, the brewers in Southern Nevada collaborate to brew a unique beer that raises funds for the Nevada Craft Brewer’s Association, a non-profit organization that helps promote and protect Nevada breweries. A donation to the NCBA is included in the $200 keg price, so with every keg sold you are directly supporting all Nevada Craft Breweries.
Founders Breakfast Stout
100 Points RateBeer
Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose toped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever.
Goose Island Juliet-8%ABV
99 Points Ratebeer
This beer is aged for at least 8 months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with 9,000 pounds of Michigan blackberries. This beer is tart and fruity, with complex notes of wood, tannin, dark fruit and spice.
Coronado Punk’n Drublic-8%ABV
Brewed with brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a heaping helping of would be jack-o-lanterns, Punk’In Drublic delivers autumn’s trademark flavors along with a hint of West Coast character