Monthly Archives: May 2010

Received: Hop in the Dark CDA

I actually received this bottle last week during Coffee Beer Week: Deschutes Brewery‘s new Hop in the Dark CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale). I haven’t opened it yet, having been out of town for the Memorial Day weekend.

Coffee Beer Week: Péché Mortel

Today is a coffee beer out of Canada: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel‘s Péché Mortel—literally “Mortal Sin.” It’s a 9.5% Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with Fair Trade coffee and is bottled conditioned—that means don’t be surprised to find dregs of yeast (and possibly coffee) on the bottle of the bottle (or even floating in your glass). It’s good for you! Their description: Péché Mortel (French for “Mortal Sin”) is an intensely black and dense beer with … Continue reading →

Coffee Beer Week: Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout

Southern Tier Brewing, up in Lakewood, New York, brews a series of Imperial Stouts (their “Blackwater Series”) that, from what I’ve tasted so far, can best be described as “decadent.” At least two are brewed with coffee, and their Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout is available here in Bend. This is a big beer with 11% alcohol by volume and yes, it definitely fits the “decadent” bill. Here’s their description (both on the site and the … Continue reading →

Coffee Beer Week: Coffee in homebrewing

When it comes to brewing with coffee, homebrewers have it good: small-scale brewing makes it easy and affordable to experiment in ways that larger commercial brewers can’t. For instance, you could split a batch into two equal parts for secondary fermentation and add two different types of coffee to compare; you won’t need much coffee for this and you only need a second carboy. Of course, getting the coffee into your beer is the trick; … Continue reading →

Coffee Beer Week: Laurelwood Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout

Each spring for the past couple of years Laurelwood Brewing up in Portland has brewed a seasonal coffee stout made with locally roasted coffee—with the lengthy name of Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout. The “Organic” label applies to both the coffee and the beer: it’s certified by Oregon Tilth. “OPRES” is 6% alcohol by volume and comes in 22-ounce bottles. Brewpublic posted a bit more about it back in February, and includes some history from … Continue reading →