Today I’m participating in a Coffee Blog Hop. I love good coffee almost as much as I love good beer, so it makes perfect sense to talk about the combination. While I’ve heard rumors of a coffee that tastes like beer (eww!), I’m talking about beer brewed with coffee.
In the interest of research, Beer Geek and I went out on Friday night and tried as many coffee beers as we could find.
Sadly, there aren’t many available on tap yet as we are just heading into “dark beer season”, so I had to try a few chocolate beers as well. I know. The things I do for you.
Before I get to the coffee beers, here are two non-coffee beers to look for this winter:
Southern Tier Warlock – It’s an imperial stout that’s dark and malty and PUMPKIN! It was awesome!
Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter – This was really really good. It tastes like caramel, chocolate, and coffee all rolled together (but does not actually have coffee in it.)
So here are some coffee beers worth trying (in no particular order):
1. Founders Breakfast Stout – This beer is a regular in my refrigerator in the winter. It’s coffee and chocolate and yum all rolled into one.
2. Terrapin Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout – This too is a super tasty beer. The coffee works really well with the dark, rich oatmeal stout flavor.
3. Troegs JavaHead Stout – I had this one on Friday and it was quite good. The coffee taste definitely came through and mixed well with the oatmeal stout base.
4. AleSmith Brewing Company: Speedway Stout – This is another one I had on Friday. It was a good beer, but the coffee flavor was not very strong. Since I drank it right after the Troegs, it seemed weak, but that may have just been in comparison.
5. Schlafly Coffee Stout – This is another oatmeal stout and premium French roast combination.
6. 3 Floyds Dark Lord – This beer is incredibly hard to find as it only comes out once a year. However, they had it at the Great Taste of the Midwest this year and it was awesome. It’s a Russian Imperial Stout is 15% alcohol, so it packs quite a punch!
7. Mikkeller: Beer Geek Breakfast – This is another oatmeal stout. I bought it the first time for the name, but it’s so tasty I’ve continued to buy it.
8. Ballast Point Brewing Company: Victory at Sea
9. Cigar City Brewing: Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale – This beer is a brown ale with a lower alcohol content but with quite the espresso flavor.
10. Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter – I have not had this beer, but I’m on a mission to find it. Coffee AND maple AND bacon? Yes, please!
Want to know more about coffee beers? Read the Art of Brewing Coffee Beers.
Need more coffee? Head on over to Mat. Miles. Medals for her take on Coffee and the Athlete.
See bottom of post for other participants.
The rest of our weekend was pretty busy. I ran 6 not so awesome miles on Saturday morning. I was supposed to do 8, but ran out of time and energy. When I got home, we headed out on the river with some friends.
We go out with them at least once every summer and it’s a blast. The boys got the chance to ride on the raft behind the boat.
Beer Geek got the chance to water ski for the first time in 20 years (Shoo tried, but the skis were too long for him.)
Me? I did go in the water, but most of the day was about enjoying the ride (and the beer.)
Sunday I finally ran 8 miles. I felt good the entire run. I think the secret was the amount of water I drank after we got home from the boat. I’m thinking that all the beer tasting on Friday may have left me a bit dehydrated. After the run, we went to brunch with Beer Geek’s dad and step mom. The rest of my day involved laundry, cleaning the house, and doing algebra with Jones. So exciting.
Hopefully today’s 15 miler will go well. It’s one of my longest runs for this training cycle, so I really need to nail it. Fingers crossed.
How was your weekend??
Linking up with Erin at Weekend Snapshots and HoHo and Tricia for Weekly Wrap.
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44 thoughts on “Coffee and beer: two great tastes that taste great together”
You had me at coffee. I seriously did not realize how these types of beers existed until we met.
I’ve had the Schlafly Coffee Stout. Very good! I love a good Stout to sip after dinner. My new semi-local favorite is Got to Get Up to Get Down Stout by Wiseacre Brewing Company out of Memphis. It’s on draft and at growler stations here in Nashville. It tastes like coffee and chocolate cake. Delish! I will have to tr the Founders… sounds similar. Thanks for the recommendations!
Ooh, that Wiseacre beer sounds yummy. I don’t think we visited there when were in Memphis a couple of years ago…
Looks like I’ll be beer shopping today after I finish my morning coffee!!
I haven’t tried the Terrapin one you listed, but their Chocolate MooHoo is my absolute favorite!
Chocolate MooHoo??? I must find!
Oh yes, I love the coffee beers. Yum. Porter. Oatmeal Stout.
Yes, dark beers make me happy, with or without coffee.
Time on a boat sounds really great right about now! And so do those beers…I’m glad you sacrificed to report on them!
You kind of timed the long run on the warmest day of the week, I hate to tell you! Hope it goes well.
I survived – it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful either.
Going to pass this list along to my boyfriend – the ultimate (coffee) stout fan 🙂
I’m sure there will be some new ones this fall that I didn’t include. More “research” will be needed.
I tried a wine from a new-to-me vineyard. I like their Sauvignon Blanc so I tried their Zinfandel.
Did you like it???
I did like it. I think it’s a good casual wine.
I have not tried any coffee beers – I will have to do that soon!
So yummy! We should meet for beers sometime!
Great post! My Handsome LOVES stout beers. I looked a couple up you mentioned by they are not out West…yet.
Bummer – dark beers are just starting to come out this year, so you might find some good ones in a month or so.
I do not drink a lot of beer, but recently have found PORTERS to be very very good, smooth and superb! A few coffee ones too. mmmmm
klink to a great weeken filledd with running and a beer in the shower!
I love porters. So many good ones out there.
I didn’t know there was such a thing as coffee beer! That might be the one to try
We need to have a beer tasting and see if we can convert you. ;o)
I am a HUGE fan of #4 and #8. I am super sad though! Just found out that I have a wheat allergy and so no more beer. BUT I trust that San Diego Brewing can come up with some awesome GF beers that I can enjoy!
I know there are some GF beers out there, but I’d be so sad if I couldn’t have beer!
Oooh… never heard of a beer brewed with coffee! Will have to hunt at least one of these down 🙂 Have a great week and thanks for the link love!
They are yummy. I love winter beers.
Add me to the list of people who want to try that maple bacon beer! OMG that sounds too good. Actually….almost all those beers sound great. Too bad I’m sitting at my desk drinking regular coffee and not coffee beer!
I know, right?
Hooray for boating and waterskiing! My kids love tubing behind the boat and so does my 5 year old grandson. I LOVE my coffee, but I’m not sure coffee flavored beer would be my thing. But, if you add chocolate I’d probably give it a go. I think I’m perpetually in a dehydrated state right now. Thanks for linking up with us today!
You never know until you try it. That’s why I love samplers at brewpubs and going to beer festivals – it’s a chance to taste something without making a huge commitment.
WHOA. I love how you took this opportunity to conduct “research.” Excellent work! I’m not a beer fan–don’t worry, more beer for you!–so I didn’t know about beer brewed with coffee. Maybe I’d like beer with coffee in it?
Come spend some time with me – I’ll turn you into a beer fan. ;o)
I’ve always been hesitant to try coffee flavored beer but after your list I now feel like I need to!
They are really good if you like dark beers.
you are a woman after my own heart…I just tried a beer called Telemetry at a local brew pub which was lovely. Like Guinness but with more coffee flavor. I love that Oak Barrel Stout, too!
Ooh, that sounds yummy! I think you are somewhat local to me – which brewpub is that?
The Vault in Yardley PA (for the Telemetry beer)
After I told you I wasn’t much of a beer person, you made the comment to me that I had just not found the right beer! I find that a true statement, there is a beer out there for me! I think I will always remember your comment too! I’m going to quit saying I don’t like beer and going to say I’m still searching for one I like! I do believe I would try the Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter! That sounds just amazing!!! I know you’ve gotten in your15miler by this time now and I do hope it went well for you! Thanks again for linking up with us again this week and for the memorable comment! 😉
Chocolate beer are amazing. I can’t wait for all the dark beers to hit the stores soon.
The things you do for us is right! Now you may be on to something, surely ones of those yummy beers I would like! I like the sounds of coffee and chocolate flavors, hmm I need to spread my wings! Sounds like a fun weekend! Hope that 15 miler was great!
Coffee and chocolate beers taste nothing like what people think of when they think of beer. I love them!
I love coffee and beer – and I can’t believe I’ve never had coffee inspired beer! This could be a new obsession!
It’s an awesome combination if you like dark beers.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this post…I took notes!