Dark-Roasted: 5 Beers for Coffee Fiends

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Beer for breakfast isn't something that typically has a lot of appeal. But a java-infused beer makes the idea a little more tempting. These beers are brewed with actual coffee beans, giving them both a dark-roasted coffee flavor and the corresponding caffeine jolt. Perfect for those of us who love both beer and coffee, no matter the hour of the day.

Coffee beans are a natural friend to stouts and porters. The addition of coffee seems to take the roasted, bitter-sweet, coffee-like flavors already present in those dark beers and make them taste bigger, bolder, and smoother.

Brewers most often add the coffee in one of two ways. They can throw ground coffee into the hot beer wort, let it infuse as the wort cools, and then move on to straining and fermenting. This is much like brewing a regular cup of coffee, but using beer instead of water. Alternatively, brewers can cold-brew the coffee into the beer during or after fermentation. The advantage here is that you get more of the roasted coffee flavor and less of its bitterness.

Either way, results are worth seeking out. Here are five of my favorites:

Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing CompanyCoffee Bender from Surly Brewing CompanyBreakfast Stout from Founders Brewing CompanyPipeline Porter from Kona Brewing CompanyJava Stout from Bell's Brewery

What's your favorite coffee-brewed beer?

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(Images: Bell's Brewery, Founders Brewing Company, and Kona Brewing Company)

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