When someone orders a shot and a beer, they typically aren’t referring to a shot of espresso. The latest release from Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, could change that. Saint Arnold Icon Blue – Coffee Porter was brewed with 45 pounds of espresso beans, which contribute to the beer’s balance of chocolate, roast and coffee flavors and its pleasant roasted aroma with a mix of chocolate, coffee and mocha.
“We have been working with Houston-based specialty coffee roaster Java Pura for quite a while on various ideas for new beers and this one came together beautifully. We tried a half-dozen different types of coffee and decided Java Pura’s Espresso Blend really enhanced the beer’s flavor. We also tested different methods of adding the coffee beans and everyone agreed that adding it to the fermenter after the beer is completed – similar to dry hopping or dry spicing – gave us the results we were after.” – Saint Arnold Brewer Eddie Gutierrez
Craft beer and specialty coffee are kindred spirits. Both require roasting and rely on aroma to enhance the overall experience. Both are enjoyed by passionate communities of people who appreciate bold, distinct flavors and the two beverages share many flavor similarities. Java Pura uses recycled oak barrels from Saint Arnold’s Bishop’s Barrel Series to age green coffee beans prior to roasting. The idea led to the creation of Java Pura’s own Barrel Aged Series of coffee beans.
The Saint Arnold Icon Series: This is a line of rotating beers that complement the brewery’s year-round and seasonal offerings. Saint Arnold Icon Blue – Coffee Porter is beginning to appear on tap and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles as supplies of Saint Arnold Icon Red – American Roggenbier run out. We’re happy to announce that from this point forward, beers in the Saint Arnold Icon Series will be available in six-packs featuring the image of St. Arnold of Metz, the patron saint of brewers! To learn more about the Saint Arnold Icon Series, click here.
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