Coffee Beer — it's a way to start your day, and end it, all at the same time. It's uppers and downers in a glass.
Ten years ago or more, the first coffee beers were undoubtedly stouts and porters — beers with a strong roast character and a charred-bean-like bitterness. Adding coffee to a beer like this seemed almost inevitable. Some of the world's greatest beers, like Three Floyds' Dark Lord and Goose Island's Bourbon County Coffee Stout, are know for turning this art into a science.
But a lot has happened in those ten years. The science of brewing with coffee has advanced. Brewers have started partnering with local roasters like Intelligentsia to craft the perfect roast for their beers. Their processes have been adapted to extract the perfect amount of chocolate, bitterness and roast character from a coffee. And while stouts and porters still dominate the category, many other styles like IPAs, brown ales, and ambers have pushed coffee flavors into unexpected places. But there's so much more to explore.
October 19th, Intelligentsia in Los Angeles is partnering with Michael Kiser, the author and photographer behind Good Beer Hunting to bring together some of the industry's most famous beers and brewers to discuss, discover, and drink what coffee and beer truly has to offer.
Each attendee will get to try the following beers and take home a commemorative screen printed poster, and branded tulip glass.
- Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
- Firestone Walker Parabajava
- Angel City White Nite, a white coffee porter
- Eagle Rock Stimulus
- Vintages of Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout (2007 - 2011)
- Solemn Oath None More Black
- Lost Abbey Board Meeting Brown Ale
- Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA with Espresso
Kiser will lead a panel discussion with visionaries from Solemn Oath, Lost Abbey, Stone, Firestone Walker, Angel City, and Goose Island. During the talk, we'll be sharing tastes from a variety of styles, processes, and formulations for coffee beers that represent both the benchmarks and the future of the art. Because as good as some of these beers have gotten, there's so much more that can be done when we understand the origins, characteristics, and processes of the ingredients in the glass.
A portion of profits will go towards The Keep A Breast Foundation. The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.
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