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Blue Mountain Meets Craft Beer

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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For a number of years, craft beers have surged in popularity and not just with hipsters. The majority of craft breweries are independently owned, focus on traditional brewing techniques and produce creative and radical new flavours. One flavour profile that is highly venerated is coffee. Most stouts and porters are brewed with roasted barley malts to give these beers their sought-after coffee-like flavour and creaminess. Fun fact: porters are almost identical to stouts with the exception that malted barley is used in porters and unmalted roasted barley is used in stouts. However, a few craft breweries actually use Jamaican coffee in their brewing process to make their products truly unique.

AleSmith Brewing Co, San Diego, CA

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Speedway Stout

AleSmith uses lightly roasted Arabica beans sourced from Mavis Bank Coffee Factory — home of Jablum — to make its Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Speedway Stout. The chocolatey top notes, nuanced liquorice flavour, subtle acidity and a long finish make this beer high-rated.

SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA

Exodus American Porter

The Exodus Porter is brewed with a cold-pressed blend of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Exodus has rich roasted chocolate malt and hoppy notes, a medium body and smooth mouthfeel.

Baffin Brewing Company, St Clair Shores, MI

Bob Barley Stout

Made with freshly roasted cold-brewed Jamaican coffee Bob Barley has a nutty, milk chocolate and peppery notes and deep coffee aroma and flavour. The stout has a medium body, is very smooth with a lively finish.

Moksa Brewing Co, Rocklin, CA

Cold Steeped - Jamaican Blue Mountain Imperial Stout

This stout, too, is made with coffee from Mavis Bank Coffee Factory and shows off Blue Mountain coffee's robust chocolate, dark fruit and nutty characteristics. Full-bodied with just a tinge of cinnamon, this imperial stout is, in a word, yummy.

Visibaba Brew Co, Croatia

Bob Barley Porter

Yes, another Bob Barley. Craft breweries love puns. This Croatian version has a dominant aroma of coffee, mild flavour and light body, very mild carbonation (to the point that it is often characterised as flat) and a delightful earthiness.

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