One brewery that makes great beer as part of their regular line up is Surly Brewing Company. I recently did a locals for locals trade with a guy who is new to trading for some bombers from Pipeworks. While I knew we were doing extras, I didn't expect him to send me 2 cans of Surly Coffee Bender and 2 cans of Surly Furious IPA. Surly is well known for some of their bigger beers that people will readily look for. They have an entire day dedicated to their giant Russian Imperial Stout called Darkness. While I have and have had this beer before, I'm just really happy to get my hands on some of their regular brews.
I had Coffee Bender one time while doing a bottle share with a few friends. If memory serves me correctly, it was one of the best coffee beers I'd ever drank. Coffee and beer isn't exactly a brand new concept. Lots of stouts and porters feature a wide variety of coffee flavors. They are typically combined with a lot of chocolate and other bold flavors. Surly takes a different approach to their coffee beer. Instead of a stout, they brew it as a brown ale. The more tame malts are less dominant of the palate which really allows the beer to feature the coffee. Additionally, to make sure this brew is dominated by coffee, Surly says they cold steep the brew in coarsely ground coffee beans from Guatemala for 24 hours.
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