I’m dating myself a bit with this reference, but there was a TV show that debuted back in the mid 90’s called The Drew Carey Show. Whatever your feelings about the show, the one thing I remember about it the most is that the main character, Drew, had a (likely illegal) microbrewery in his garage. His specialty was a coffee flavored brew, which was dubbed: Buzz Beer. If I remember correctly, the sitcom-ish tag line for the beer was: “Stay up and get drunk all over again!” (a reference to the supposed caffeine content of the brew).
Buzz beer may have just been a fantasy in a former TV sitcom but today many coffee flavored beers are quite popular. Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), for example, has been making their Jive Espresso Stout (seasonally available from November to February) for several years. Now, joining their seasonal can series of beers is their newest coffee inspired brew: Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale. This new Spring seasonal can release joins Two Beers’ other seasonal cans: Day Hike Summer Session Ale (Summer) and Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale (Winter).
Infused with locally roasted coffee beans from Two Beers’ neighbor, Fulcrum Coffee, Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale makes a great companion for brunch or anytime you’re in the mood for a balanced, flavorful and not overpowering coffee flavored brew. The cold brew process ensures that Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale has low acidity and a subtly sweet flavor.
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company:
SEATTLE (March 2, 2015) – Committed to crafting beers true to the Pacific Northwest, Two Beers Brewing Co. is excited to announce the release of its newest seasonal can: Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale. A chocolaty brown ale infused with locally roasted beans from SoDo-neighbor Fulcrum Coffee, this Seattle-inspired beer makes the perfect brunch companion, subtly sweet with a cold brew kick. Available in 12-ounce cans at select retailers beginning Monday, March 2, Cold Brew will also be available to enjoy at some of Seattle’s favorite local brunch spots – including Brave Horse Tavern, Hattie’s Hat, Lost Lake Café and Skillet Ballard – and on draft at your local ale house.
“The goal with our seasonal line is to offer beer that really speaks to the season and to the Pacific Northwest,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “For this time of year, that means a great cup of locally roasted cold brew coffee. At Two Beers Brewing, we’re committed to boldness and exploring new ways to get flavors from ingredients, so we wanted to try out a method that many of our local coffee shops are known for. The result is fantastic.”
The process for creating the expanding brewery’s Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale is similar to the process used to make cold brew coffee. Starting with a base of chocolaty brown ale, the beer is run through a second fermenter containing 18 pounds of course ground coffee beans per batch. The beer is run through these beans – a single origin Ethiopian Harrar roast – continuously for four hours before sitting on the beans for another 20 hours, making for a balanced and flavorful brew. Low in acidity and subtly sweet due to the cold brew process used, a rich coffee nose and flavor shines through, lingering on the palate. However, while the flavor may be bold, there is no caffeine in this delicious brew, offering an approachable 5.2 percent ABV and 18 IBUs.
Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale becomes the brewery’s third seasonal can, joined by Day Hike Summer Session Ale (summer) and Grey Skies Dark Pale Ale (winter). March also brings the return of the brewery’s popular Forester IPA and Trailhead ISA.
About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of EVO IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonals, and a host of intricate infusions and limited releases in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found on tap in bars and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9 pm, Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1 – 6 pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.
Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale is available both on tap at Two Beers’ tasting room, The Woods, and in 12-ounce cans. Two Beers has also worked with some of Seattle’s favorite brunch spots, including: Brave Horse Tavern, Hattie’s Hat, Lost Lake Cafe and Skillet in Ballard, to ensure Cold Brew is on draft for you to enjoy with your meal.
I’ve really been enjoying Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale myself. It’s great any time of day, not just for breakfast, and since it contains no caffeine you can even drink it late without any worry of it keeping you up.
Also making their return this month, as noted in the press release above, are Two Beers’ popular Forester Double IPA and Trailhead ISA (India Session Ale). I’ve really been looking forward to the return of Forester. I’ve been urging Two Beers to ‘promote’ it from a seasonal release to their year-round lineup. One can hope, right?
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.