No Pumpkin Here: Alaskan Brings Coffee Brown Ale to Fall Lineup
Isolation breeds innovation up here in Juneau, Alaska. This season, Juneau-based brewery, Alaskan Brewing Company used a radical technique to concoct the coffee creation, Alaskan Heritage Brown Coffee Ale. Alaskan Brewing Company teamed up with Juneau-based Heritage Coffee Roasting Company to come up with a unique way to infuse the brown ale with a subtly bold coffee flavor. Like mad scientists, the brewers and roasters worked alongside each other to roast the malt in the Heritage coffee roaster with some of the coffee beans used in the beer. [fun fact: the Heritage roaster is the original Starbucks roaster from Seattle]. This is an unusual process that resulted in a coffee beer like no other – light in body but rich in velvety coffee aroma and taste.
Alaskan Brewing Company chose to go with a mild brown ale so that the coffee beer was not overly-dominated by dark malts. Heritage Roasters worked with Alaskan Brewers to sample coffees in order to find a blend that would bring out chocolate, caramel, and honey in the final beer. They decided on a Brazilian variety called Paixao, which they cold-brewed to reduce bitterness. This cold-brewed coffee was added at multiple stages throughout the brewing process of the beer, in order to infuse it with a deep and rich coffee flavor and aroma. At the end of this process, there’s about 1/3 cup of coffee per 12 oz.
Not only is this beer appropriate for those that want to have a break from the typical fall pumpkin beer, but also those that want to have a 11AM beer wake up call. Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale is available September through Mid-November in all states where Alaskan Brewing is distributed.