Coffee and Beer: A Perfect Match

Coffee and BeerCoffee and beer have so much in common. They’re used to either wake you up and keep you going during the day or to help you relax in the afternoon. According to this article, they even have a similar history. I found it quite interesting. More people choose beer over wine. Similarly, coffee is a definite beverage of choice in the morning.

For a few years now many brewers have been trying to create coffee stout. Coffee stout is a beer brewed with coffee added either during the boil or the fermentation. Dark roasted malts can give a bitter coffee flavor to dark beer. Some brewers will even add ground coffee and chocolate…sounds good.

I like the combination of beer and coffee. In fact it’s recommended that if you want to try this combo together, just pour a tasty stout into a beer glass and add fresh coffee (wait until it cools down). Try an equal ratio of one to one. Beer is fun to experiment with the possibilities are endless!




  • Deron October 8, 2009 @ 8:51am

    Hmmm…I wonder what my ‘Top 5’ Coffee beers would be?

  • Hannah October 8, 2009 @ 8:58am

    I was wondering the same thing! What would they be, Deron? 🙂

  • Deron October 8, 2009 @ 11:07am

    These are my favorite five that fall into the “category”:

    Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout
    Meantime Coffee Porter
    C’est What Coffee Porter
    Southern Tier Jahva
    Ithaca Kaffinator

  • Hannah October 8, 2009 @ 11:10am

    mmmm… I’ve had only the Southern Tier from that list. Any recommendations as to which I sure try first for my next tasting?

  • Ed October 8, 2009 @ 12:37pm

    Wowza! Never would have even considered coffee-beer. …And I’ve been to Germany and had “Cola Beer”…

    Now I’m totally intrigued! Two of my favorite beverages in the world,… (sing along with me!) So happy together!

    In fact, I just read Deron’s comment here and found myself daydreaming for a blending of something along the lines of Peet’s Arabian ( and Guinness. [drool]

  • Deron October 8, 2009 @ 10:22pm

    The Hitachino and (probably) the Meantime are available at Premier. The only way to get the C’est What is to go to the brewpub itself in downtown Toronto. The Kaffinator is no longer being made, but it went on the list because it (was) amazing. Best Ithaca beer I have ever had.

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