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Like Irish Coffee But Better With Terrapin At The Answer Brewpub

Terrapin Single Origin Coffee Stouts2Happy St Patrick’s Day! If it’s true that all good things come in fours, then you should head over to the Answer Brewpub as they offer up flights of Terrapin’s Single Origin Coffee Stouts today Thursday March 17th starting at noon.

Here are the details from their Facebook event:

The Answer Brewpub‘s ditching the green beer tradition and tapping Terrapin Beer Co.‘s Single Origin Coffee Stouts.
Join us for a unique opportunity to taste four distinct single origin coffees from around the world each brewed with the same base stout. We’ll also be offering a brownie pairing to go along with your flight!
4 different flavors will be prepared by Sweet Intentions LLC..

We’ll be offering the following as a flight:
Hawaiian Kona
Guatemalan Huehuetenango
Ethiopa Hambela
Sumatra Wahana Natural

*Dark Chocolate W/ Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
*Chocolate Brownie W/Tart Dried Cherries and White Chocolate Ganache
*Saigon Cinnamon Spiced Brownie with Whipped Chocolate Ganache
*Browned Butter Chocolate Brownie

The Answer Brewpub
6008 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230

World Pediatric Project Fundraiser And Skellington Stout Debut At Triple Crossing Today

Head over to Triple Crossing today Saturday October 25th from Noon to 9pm as they raise money for the World Pediatric Project.  Triple Crossing will also debut Skellington Stout, a sessionable pumpkin spiced coffee stout.  You can read more about the creation of this stout and their collaboration with Black Hand Coffee here.

Hardywood Has Good Reasons For Mocha Belgique Switch Out For Sidamo

Hardywood is releasing their Sidamo Coffee Stout this Saturday January 5th starting at 11am.  I caught up with co-founder Eric McKay to inquire about decision to replace Mocha Belgique.  In his reply, he confirms the replacement but leaves the door ajar for a possible revamp plus hints at the next barrel series beer:

Sidamo Coffee Stout is going to replace Mocha Belgique. We really enjoyed working with the guys from Black Hand on that beer last year, and did receive some great feedback on it. That said, we also reviewed a lot of the negative feedback and our own perceptions of the beer and felt that the use of chocolate and particularly our choice of a Belgian yeast strain created some complex flavors that distracted from the coffee. Ultimately, with our Reserve Series, we want to showcase the local ingredients we use, not mask them, and have done a fair amount of brainstorming on reinventing a coffee beer in a way that would highlight the signature ingredient.

Through our team members frequent visits to Lamplighter and its Kickstand counterpart right around the corner in Scott’s Addition, we’ve built a good relationship with them and explored some ideas with them through a cupping. Ultimately, we came out of it in love with the unique flavor and aroma of their Sidamo coffee and decided to blend it with a Russian Imperial Stout recipe (no lactose in this one!) that keeps the focus squarely on the coffee.
We may bring back Mocha Belgique on a smaller pilot scale at some point, or do a variation of the base beer without chocolate or coffee, but in the meantime, we’re feeling really good about this new Sidamo Coffee Stout and are planning to age some in freshly dumped Maker’s Mark barrels (due to limited supply of Bowman barrels).
The only other beer from our commercial releases that will go into retirement this year due to customer feedback is Virginia Strawberry. Not only did the strawberries create some unusual flavors, they were obscenely labor intensive to process. Fortunately, we’ll be brewing more Virginia Blackberry this year with berries from the same local farmer, Agriberry.
Even though we will miss Mocha Belgique, you have to respect their commitment to respect the ingredients.  Go out and try the new coffee beer.