On most days of the year, coffee is just something to sip while waiting for a socially acceptable time to drink beer. But why separate the two? Coffee and beer are natural companions, and there’s an abundance of breweries mixing the two. The processes range from resting beer on coffee beans, to adding beans or grounds during the brewing process, to just mixing brewed coffee with finished beer. Some methods are better than others (the latter is done almost exclusively by homebrewers), and some breweries are more successful.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite coffee beers on the market, celebrating seven that strike the right balance of flavors. Morning beer fans, consider this our early holiday gift to you.
HUSS BREWING KOFFEE KÖLSCH
When you think coffee beers, you probably think coffee stouts. Dark beer often has coffee flavors, so the prevalence of dark coffee beers makes sense. But when a light beer meets coffee, it’s heavenly. That’s the case with Huss Brewing Co.’s Koffee Kölsh. It’s a traditional, light bodied Kölsh that’s cold-steeped with caramel and hazelnut coffee beans. It’s refreshing on a hot day, and as comforting as a cup of cold brew.