Beer and coffee go hand in hand - they're star-crossed lovers, if you like. We drink coffee in the morning to get us going, and beer in the evening to put the brakes on. As brewers, we're always thinking of new ways to innovate and use ingredients we enjoy.
Now, there's nothing new about using coffee in beer. Most stouts you drink, both microbrewed and macro, will have a coffee element. We want something different. We want local, fun and occasionally, outside of the box. Thankfully, we have some amazing choices and almost limitless possibilities.
We love Concord. The name alone reflects our attitude towards life and how we conduct business, and they're coffee is top notch to boot. Not only are they starting a small batch roasting program, but they've developed a cold brew technique that will play very well with many of our light-bodied stouts. They've managed to pull out the earthy, nutty flavors of the beans while removing a lot of the harsh acridity. This would be great for our coffee blonde, Java Juice Pale Ale and many more. Winner.
I've known Chris for about 2 years now. We first met at the Downtown Farmer's Curb Market when the brewery was still a twinkle in my eye. Patriot has now grown into a sensational local roastery, and Chris's passion for perfection is quite evident in every sip. The big, bold flavors would work well for many of our Imperial Stouts - you've already tried one - Champurrado.
Dilemma? - No.
Our motto is simple, "Make Beers People Want To Talk About", and "Drink Local Lakeland" has been our tagline since day one. Why not use the best our fair city has to offer? We'll continue to do some research and work closely with our coffee comrades as we continually strive to craft the perfect pint. Hillcrest is next on the list...
Please leave us a comment, idea or critique - I'd love to hear from you.