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: (more…)