Is it possible? Could two of my favorite beverages, coffee and beer, share the same glass at the same time, in the same reality? String theory aside, Burgudian’s Coffee Beer Fest last weekend accomplished this very feat, and Sam and I were fortunate enough to attend.
With over 20 coffee beers, 5 toddy cocktails and a caffeine-infused food menu to get through, we braced ourselves for the long haul — thankfully, doors opened at 10am. Here’s a rundown of our favorites from the artfully constructed line-up:
Big Time’s Marzen Oktoberfest aged on Stumptown’s Ethiopia Mordecofe: This medium brown combo was light and refreshing, with hints of brown sugar and citrus notes — a solid standby throughout the afternoon.
Fremont Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged on Tony’s Ganesha Espresso: The highest gravity mix at 8% ABV, this beer was big and balanced with a hint of sweetness. It highlighted the espresso’s depth and the stout’s molasses undertones.
Straight Bourbon Cold Toddy: Zoka cold toddy, bourbon, vanilla citrus bitters, orange zest. Smooth toddy spiked with citrus made this cocktail refreshing and dangerously sippable. I’m re-creating this next summer.
Bacon Dipped in Coffee-Infused Chocolate: Um, this kind of speaks for itself. Fan-freakin’-tastic!
It’s Friday, and I wish we could do it all over again tomorrow. Thank you to the Brouwer’s crew and Burgundian for orchestrating a killer event. We just hope that we won’t have to wait a full year to again witness another marriage of beans and hops.
We don’t know about you, but we could really use a drink. Actually, we could really use a drink that deludes us into thinking we’re kicking it on the edge of a pool in some sun-drenched tropical paradise. What could better fit that bill than our good friend sangria?
- 1/2 oz. Monin Pear Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Monin Spicy Mango Syrup
- 4 oz. Chardonnay
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 1 oz. White Cranberry Juice
- Splash Lemon-Lime Soda
- Fill large wine glass with ice.
- Pour chardonnay, Monin Spicy Mango, Monin Pear, Cointreau and white cranberry juice into mixing glass with ice.
- Cover and shake for 15 seconds.
- Strain into ice filled glass.
- Splash with lemon-lime soda and garnish with fresh fruit.
While it may not feature the frothy sweetness of the Brandy Alexander that inspired John Lennon’s famous 4-month long Lost Weekend, we’re pretty sure this tasty little number could function quite admirably under a similar strain.
- 3 lime wedges
- 12 oz. glass filled with ice
- 1 oz. Monin Lime Premium Gourmet Syrup
- 2 oz. vodka of your choice
- Additional lime wedge for garnish
- Muddle lime wedges in a 12 oz. rocks glass
- Fill glass with ice, then add Monin Lime and vodka
- Cap and shake vigorously for 10 seconds
- Serve as desired — up in a martini glass or on the rocks — and garnish with a lime wedge
We’re ramping up for a gorgeous weekend and it’s times like these that inspire us to break out the cocktail shaker and amp up our booze. Check out this delicious recipe — a twist on the classic caffe corretto.
- 1 1/2 ounces grappa
- 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur, such as Patron XO or Tia Maria
- 1 ounce chilled espresso coffee
- Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the grappa, coffee liqueur and chilled espresso. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.