I like a local roaster combining with a local brewer but I don’t normally drink before 6pm most days so, I guess I would have to have breakfast for dinner in the case of this new “breakfast brew” from Santa Monica Brew Works.
Either you want a balanced breakfast or an off-centered Beer For Breakfast. Dogfish Head Brewing has put a long list of breakfast ingredients into their coming fall seasonal
• Maple syrup
• Barley smoked over applewood
• Roasted Chicory
• Lactose (milk sugar)
• Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee
• Scrapple (pork scraps with spices and corn meal)
All of these things may taste well enough separately but could be a trainwreck together. What I am interested in would be gathering a panel of tasters and seeing both the responses and what flavors they pick out as most dominant.
In addition to my monthly video reviews, I will be adding my two cents the old fashioned way via photos and words for a set of beers each month.
Now we head to New Zealand to review St. Joseph’s Tripel and Breakfast Beer.
St. Joseph’s pours a medium yellow color from the caged and corked 12.7 ounce green bottle. Big fluffy head on this one. Aroma is citrus and potpourri and vanilla notes. All of which follow into the taste. A pleasing slickness and hit of alcohol also come through with this Belgian tripel via Blenheim. The label is practically all in black with only the red font of St. Joseph’s to see.
Breakfast beer pours a light orange. A pear/grape combo hits the tongue first. It really is viscous though for what should be a sprightly beer. There is a creamy texture too. I like this a skosh more than the St Joseph’s because it is lighter with a more unique flavor.
MOA Brewing from Marlborough in New Zealand brings us a beer for the AM.
“Moa Breakfast Beer is a blend of premium wheat malt, floral Nelson hops and cherries. A very refreshing and fruity lager specifically designed as a European-style breakfast beer but more commonly enjoyed as a mid-afternoon beverage here in New Zealand. Although not always.”
Might be perfect with pancakes.