With inspiration to find the best coffee beer from around the USA, we are headed to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver. In this article, we will feature 55 coffee beers being poured at the festival, and we hope you find your new favorite beer!
Below, our list features 55 craft beers with actual coffee as an ingredient, which is, in Kim’s opinion, “more delicious than a ‘note of coffee,’ or ‘coffee aroma.'” While you are planning your trip to GABF 2016, consider discovering these coffee beers.
Thanks to Porch Drinking’s GABF Pour List Preview, you are privy to seeing a good portion of breweries beers BEFORE the GABF releases the list! (That being said, this is hopefully not an exhaustive list. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you’re pouring a coffee beer and we will add it to this list.) Here’s a link to the GABF festival map, as well.
(Beers are listed alphabetically by region/section, color coded to the signage at the festival, then
alphabetical by brewery name.)
- “Bigsby,” by Evil Czech Brewery (BP5)
- 6.7% ABV full-bodied blond ale, brewed with milk sugar to give a sweet rounded finish. Vanilla, coffee and cacao are added to the maturation tank to give this beer a stout like quality.
Great Lakes Region
- “I Hate Mondays,” by 350 Brewing Company (S2)
- 9.5% ABV Coffee Stout. Get through the day. You can do it. Don’t rip your eyeballs out and throw them at a coworker. Home is right around the corner. Over 3.5 pounds of locally sourced espresso beans per barrel in this hog.
- “Koko Beware,” by 350 Brewing Company (S2)
- 12.5% ABV Russian Imperial Stout w/ cocoa nibs, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, toasted coconut, and coffee.
- “Whole Hog Espresso Stout,” by Stevens Point Brewery (U12)
- 6.4% ABV Adambier handcrafted using a blend of supreme roasted malts, delicately aged on hand-picked espresso coffee beans from Valentine Coffee Roasters, Milwaukee, WI. Smooth and full on the palate with a roasted finish.
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- “Biere Joi,” by Bayou Teche Brewing Company (V24)
- This 7.5% ABV Belgian style Dubbel, aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, cacao nibs and then finished with chili d’arbols.
- “Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout,” by Boston Beer Company (W14)
- 5.8% ABV Coffee Stout. Smooth with velvety cream cascading into a jet black, darkly enticing brew, revealing a rich, robust character. The roasted malts create notes of bittersweet chocolate with hints of dark fruit, while Sumatran and Indian coffee adds a deep roast dimension.
- “Snowed In,” by Copper Kettle Brewing Company (W26)
- 11.5% ABV Barrel Aged Stout with intense coffee stout with notes of chocolate, aged in bourbon barrels.
- “High Class Dirty,” by Declaration Brewing Company (W2)
- 5.8% ABV. Our take on a Mexican Horchata, this Mexican Lager is bursting with cinnamon and vanilla. Made with Malted barley, rice, flaked grains, and a hefty dose of lactose balanced with Whiskey Barrel Coffee Company cold brewed coffee.
- “Moirai Coffee IPA,” by FATE Brewing Company (W13)
- 7% ABV Coffee Beer. We’ve all seen great dark coffee beer. We wanted to try a lighter, hoppier brew infused with rich coffee flavors. The result? Unreal.
- “Sumatra Mountain Brown,” by Founders Brewing Company (V4)
- 9% ABV Coffee Brown Beer. The addition of rich Sumatra coffee elevates this bold, brown ale to a decadent level.
- “Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter,” by Funky Buddha Brewery (V6)
- 6.4% ABV Coconut & Coffee Porter is an ode to that special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 75 – even for the briefest of moments. This rich, creamy porter is layered with coconut and freshly roasted coffee.
- “Maple Bacon Coffee Porter,” by Funky Buddha Brewery (V6)
- 6.4%ABV porter evokes a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with a multitude of flavors at play. It pours an opaque ebony brew with a frothy tan head. Aromas of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream creep forth.
- “Sad Panda,” by Horse & Dragon Brewing Company (X17)
- 7.3% ABV Coffee Stout tastes even better than it smells. Roasty, coffee-chocolate deliciousness. Medium-bodied.
- “Fuel Cafe,” by Lakefront Brewery Inc. (V1)
- 6.4% ABV Coffee Stout combines the flavor of organic roasted malts and Milwaukee’s renowned organic Fuel Café coffee. Pours a deep, dark color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with a background of roasted malt.
- “Coffee Lost Highway Double Black IPA,” by Mother Road Brewing Company (Y19)
- 7.3% ABV Coffee Lost Highway is our Black IPA which is blended with Mother Road Cold Start coffee. The added cold brew coffee releases notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, Nuttiness & slight berry notes.
- “Nightmare Fuel,” by River North Brewery (Y10)
- 13.5% Imperial stout with 5 pounds per barrel of whole bean dark roast coffee.
- “Mocha IPA,” by Stone Brewing Company (MB18)
- 9% ABV IPA with Coffee and Cacao.
- “Coffee Maple Achromatic,” by WeldWerks Brewing Company (Z10)
- 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout has a sweet, caramel malt backbone and a rich, chewy, thick mouthfeel is perfectly complemented with maple syrup and a huge addition of freshly roasted single origin Peruvian beans.
- “Coffee Canoe Love Cream Love,” by Winchester Brew Works (Z7)
- 5.2% ABV traditional cream ale is aged on rich and roasty coffee beans. Light in color, big in coffee flavor.
Mid Atlantic Region
- “Beer For Breakfast,” by Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats (B16)
- 7.4% ABV stout tricked out with all sorts of breakfast ingredients including Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee, Maple syrup from Western Massachusetts and for the quintessential Delaware breakfast touch- Rapa Scrapple and their secret blend of spices.
- “Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout,” by Starr Hill Brewery (B23)
- 5.8% ABV Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with locally roasted coffee. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.
- “Bourbon Tiramisu Stout,” by Steam Bell Beer Works (B24)
- 10% ABV Adambier. Our silky smooth vanilla coffee goodness, Tiramisu Stout, aged with bourbon barrels.
- “Tiramisu Stout,” by Steam Bell Beer Works (B24)
- 9% ABV Milk Stout brewed with whole vanilla beans, rum soaked oak chips and Ironclad Coffee Co. Brazilian coffee.
- “Zee Beaned Coffee Stout,” by Flat Branch Pub and Brewing (C13)
- 6.3% ABV Sweet/cream stout was used for base beer infused with ground coffee during conditioning with a blend of African and South American coffee beans.
- “Breakfast Stout,” by Backcountry Brewery (F8)
- 4.4% ABV, Milk Stout with locally roasted Guatemalan and Costa Rican coffee. Full bodied with a milky and caramel sweetness followed by a mild roast from roasted barley and the coffee.
- “Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout,” by Blue Moon Brewing Company (H34)
- 5.9%ABV Coffee Stout. The fresh coffee aroma and rich roasted taste of our limited-release Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout is the perfect way to unwind and catch up with friends this winter.
- “Big Bad Baptist,” by Epic Brewing Company (I34)
- 12% ABV Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels with cacao nibs and small batch coffee.
- “Kaffeina,” by Epic Brewing Company (I34)
- 6.6% ABV Cream Ale with coffee on Nitro.
- “Son of a Baptist,” by Epic Brewing Company (I34)
- 8% ABV Imperial Stout with cacao nibs and artisanal small batch coffee.
- “B.B. Rodriguez,” by Little Machine (H4)
- 8% ABV Coffee Double Brown Ale with cold-brewed coffee.
- “Coffee Catalyst,” by Post Falls Brewing (H25)
- 5.5% ABV, a hoppy pale ale infused with African coffee. Starts coffee, finishes hoppy.
- “Cranknbrew Coffee Pale,” by Snowbank Brewing (I8)
- 5.5% ABV crisp and clean pale ale infused with a powerful dose of fresh, locally roasted coffee.
- “Hyper Hazelnut,” by Something Brewery (I11)
- 5.7% ABV hazelnut coffee milk stout.
- “Nautical Buzz,” by Ursula Brewery (I22)
- 7% ABV Coffee IPA, our signature IPA dosed with cold brewed Ethiopian coffee roasted by Logan House.
New England Region (dark gray color)
- “James Bean,” by Allagash Brewing Company (R34)
- 10.4% ABV, Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style strong ale blended with cold press coffee.
- “Interrobang,” by Harpoon Brewery (R27)
- 18% ABV! This big, unabashed creation was made with roasted malts balanced with Saaz and Apollo hops to bring out a fresh mouth feel. But have no doubt, this Imperial Espresso Stout was brewed for the bold.
- “Awake,” by Night Shift Brewing Inc. (R23)
- 6.7% ABV Coffee porter aged with Counter Culture coffee; notes of fresh roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate.
- “Old Baba Yaga,” by Bear Republic Brewing Company (P1)
- 11.5% ABV Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, named for the witch who guarded the fountain of life and death in Russian folklore, the black depths of this Russian Imperial Stout hold coffee, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors.
- “Victory at Sea,” by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (O1)
- 10% ABV. We infused this robust porter with vanilla and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt.
- “Midnight Express,” by Escape Craft Brewery (O15)
- 6% ABV Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Milk Stout.
- “Calf-eine Coffee Milk Stout,” by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (O25)
- 7.3% ABV Sweet Stout has a rich and creamy texture from the addition of lactose, balanced by a roasty aroma and subtle bitterness from the coffee.
- “Kick Start Imperial Coffee Porter,” by Mad River Brewing Company (P16)
- 8.2% ABV. Deep, dark mahogany in color with a luscious tan head, our Imperial Coffee Porter boasts aromas of decadent chocolate and fresh coffee.
- “Tusk and Grain Coffee Porter,” by Saint Archer Brewing Company (Q21)
- 10.93% ABV Imperial Porter aged in Tequila and Bourbon barrels, finished with Mostra Coffee and Mexican Chocolate.
Pacific Northwest Region
- “Callipygian,” by Avery Brewing Company (K1)
- 17.4% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans added.
- “Double Stack,” by Great Notion Brewing (L2)
- 8.5% ABV Northwest breakfast stout brewed with local Oregon coffee and maple syrup.
- “Especial,” by Oakshire Brewing (L12)
- 14% ABV Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Chili peppers, Cocoa, and Coffee.
- “Cold Brew IPA,” by Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters (L25)
- 7.5% ABV Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee is blended with an IPA made using Rogue Farms hops for a unique interplay of hops and coffee flavors.
- “Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout,” by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company (J18)
- Our 8% ABV American Stout is brewed and aged with Alltech® Café Citadelle Haitian coffee and aged in world-famous Kentucky bourbon barrels.
- “Java Mariana Trench Imperial Stout,” by Due South Brewing Company (J20)
- 9.8% ABV rich, roast-heavy imperial stout with fresh Argyle Coffee Roasters coffee added.
- “Breakfast & Brunettes,” by Revelry Brewing Company (M9)
- 6.5% ABV Belgian Dubbel cold-steeped with Ethiopian coffee beans.
- “Imperial Perkolatte,” by River Dog Brewing Company (M7)
- 11.2% ABV British-Style Imperial Stout is luscious and dark, this stout was brewed with local coffee, cocoa nibs, and vanilla.
- “Ski In Ski Stout,” by Telluride Brewing Company (J34)
- 5.8% ABV Oatmeal Stout brewed with an abundance of espresso and dry hoped with coco nibs, this Oatmeal Stout is smooth yet extremely complex. The balance of coffee and dark chocolate makes this stout a perfect beer choice for breakfast or after a long day of skiing.
- “Espresso Stout,” by Thomas Creek Brewery (J11)
- 8% ABV “happy accident” is brewed with twice the coffee as our original Coffee Oatmeal Stout. The coffee comes from local Due South Roasters in Taylors, South Carolina.
- “Stout Americano,” by Marble Brewery (E10)
- 7% ABV coffee beer is roasty and robust, this chewy stout rides long waves of chocolate malt and an infusion of locally sourced espresso beans. Enjoy with chicharrones, and red chile, stone ground dark chocolate, and the rising sun.
- “White Russian,” by Sun Up Brewing Company (E29)
- 9.3% ABV Russian Imperial Coffee Stout.
Happy coffee beer drinking! Please comment below and tell us which beer is your favorite.