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Hotbox Coffee Porter Release
July 20, 2018
HOTBOX COFFEE PORTER GOES YEAR-ROUND AND NATIONWIDE
Let’s face it – we can’t all be morning people; but as it turns out, sometimes great adventures like hiking, biking, fishing, and camping – and going to work early in the morning to make beer – require getting up before the sun. Folks around here have found that pain in the wee hours can be offset by reaching for fortifying liquid upon opening the orbs – morning beer. Our favorite seasonal brew for beerfast is Hotbox Coffee Porter, a roasty, malty, wake-up-call of a porter made with Hotbox Roasters coldbrew. It’s not just for breakfast though – the solid 6.5% ABV, campfire drinkability and an inclination to be paired with desserts make Hotbox Porter a beer that can hang all day.
Hotbox Coffee Porter is built on a hefty heap of malts, including seven varieties and led by Caraaroma – a nutty, red-hued malt drum-roasted from German barley. Caraaroma is a favorite of Tim Matthews, our Head of Brewing Operations. “The malt bill highlights chocolate, fig, plum, espresso, burnt sugar, caramel, and marshmallow,” said Tim. “Overall, the beer is medium-bodied and just sweet enough, with the coffee and malt flavors designed to mesh together perfectly.”
On the coffee end, the guys at Hotbox Roasters used a blend of beans from South America (Columbia, Honduras and Guatemala), roasted them to highlight flavors of tobacco, chocolate, wood and earthiness, and brewed up a super-concentrated coldbrew, which was added to the beer. Hotbox Roasters is known for their Nitro coldbrew, but Head Roaster Noe Lopez explained that the Hotbox Porter bean juice is a double-strength “still” (non-nitro) brew. “We brew two pounds of coffee to one gallon of water and then steep it for 36 hours,” said Noe. “It adds massive coffee and chocolate flavor to the beer.”
As a toast to Hotbox Porters upcoming 2018 release, we asked a few peeps around the office about their ideal morning beer situation, and what to pair with Hotbox Porter. This is what they said:
Kelly Fitzgerald, Controller: If there’s an early sporting event, like a football game, I want a beer. I’d pair it with something chocolatey, like chocolate lava cake.
Noe Lopez, Head Roaster at Hotbox Roasters: I like a breakfast beer after waking up but before taking a nap. I’d pair HBP with steak and eggs, or (this might sound weird) oatmeal. Also some spicy and sweet Afghani Kush.
Scott Johnson, Brewhouse Operator: When do I like to drink a morning beer? Whenever I wake up. What do I pair with HBP? Doughnuts.
Nate Hurst, B Stiff & Sons Systems Administrator: On a lake or a boat; or next to a morning campfire Oohhh yeah, you’re making me think about morning campfire beers now. Pairs with: something salty, or a nice big steak.
Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations: Gotta pair HBP with not-so-elegant foods like bacon cheeseburgers, because it provides a good contrast to salty richness. Barbacoa. Bacon. Canadian bacon. Barbecued meat…
Roasty, chocolatey, malted, and coldbrew-infused Hotbox Coffee Porter complements the sunrise, football games and campfires; and is best consumed alongside either rich breakfast foods or salty, meaty dishes. Basically, keep one on hand for whatever the day brings. Join us at our taproom release events in Austin, Brevard, Longmont, or Boulder on August 4; or look for it on the beerfinder in August. After all, the early bird gets the beer.