Beer. It’s what’s for breakfast. We know what some of you are thinking. Beer for breakfast? Who does that? But the true advocate of craft beer knows there is nothing quite like waking up, making scrambled eggs and bacon, and cracking open 22 ounces of your favorite brew. In an effort to repeat the magic of the day’s first meal, some genius breweries have injected quintessential breakfast flavors into their beers. Who are we to judge? Enjoy our to-go beer flight Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: All Day Breakfast On the Fly.
Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: All Day Breakfast On the Fly
COFFEE: Today’s hot shot on the go doesn’t have time for breakfast — a big cup of joe is enough. And there are plenty of great coffee stouts Triceratops Revivial Coffee Milk Stout. In 2014, Joint Base Lewis-McChord firefighter Rob Horn took his homebrewer skills pro and opened the Tumwater brewery, Triceratops Brewing, named after his three kids (three Horns). When concert promoter, Capitol Theater executive director and Olympia Heritage Commissioner Audrey Henley and her coppersmith, mechanic, rock star husband Jimmi Davies said yes to their downtown Olympia working motorcycle garage coffee bar Revival Motors & Coffee supplying the complex, full-bodied, cold brew Arabica coffee from Caffee Umbria for Horn’s Revival Coffee Milk Stout, a balanced beer with creamy sweetness, plenty of medium dark roast flavor, and a sessionable ABV
11.5% ABV, 60 IBU
COFFEE DUNKER: Once you’ve started the day with a few biscotti dunkers, you’re probably not going to be getting much work done anyhow. Might as well start drinking, huh? Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø contract brewed at Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina before moving his Evil Twin brewery to New York City. At Westbook, he brewed his Imperial Biscotti Break, a gourmet imperial stout brimming with vanilla, coffee, almond and chocolate notes. This beer starts with a strong scent of dark chocolate and dark fruit. The fruit isn’t present in the taste, but there is plenty of dark cocoa and roasted bitter coffee, all with a rich coating of nuttiness. When you’re using flavors such as chocolate, coffee and almond it can be very easy to have a beer that is too cloying or tastes artificial, but that is not at all the case with this beer.
MIMOSA: Inspired by bottomless sips in the sun, New Belgium Brewing’s Dominga Mimosa is citrusy-sweet sour ale shines with flavors of Mexican orange, tangerine, pressed calamansi fruit and is blended with a wood-aged golden sour. It’s perfect from morning to night.
6.5% ABV, 40 IBU
BACON: One day we hope to taste the perfect bacon beer but until then we have the hickory-charred resin-dried chocolate-smoked German-styled smoked beer Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Urbock, in which its barley malts are smoked over beech wood logs. Its higher smoke malt concentration and longer maturation in the 700-year-old cellars underneath Bramburg create a flavor profile of most intense smokiness beautifully balanced with deep malt sweetness. It tastes somewhat sweet dark malt with dark bread and a little treacle tone, dry toasty roast, moderately smoky notes of campfire and subtle smoked ham, oak, pretty dry on the back end where the smoky, ashy notes overpower the malt. It has a fairly light body with extremely low carbonation. It’s a solid smoke beer.
PANCAKES: A flapjack-inspired porter might sound flipping crazy, but a big-time breakfast beer with decadent flavors of maple and vanilla was a natural fit for Oskar Blues Brewery’s Death By Series. Picking up where Death By Coconut, Death By King Cake and Death By Affogato left off, Death By Flapjacks takes its cue from the universal breakfast food – pancakes. Smooth vanilla, lactose, and a subtle hint of nutmeg complement the honey and crystal malts in this English porter to provide the pancake-like vehicle for massive maple flavors. The addition of fresh lemon peel gives a quick palate reset so you can take another crack at this short stack flapjack brew.