Two Roads Brewing Company: Espressway Cold Brew Coffee Stout

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: N/A

Availability: Year-round

@untappd says: 3.87/5

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Coffee and craft beer continue to be an intriguing combination for me. I’m relatively new to both, having only really developed a passion for them now in my 30s, but the enthusiasm grows daily. The Espressway is a great way for me to quench both thirsts. Like many of Two Roads Brewing Company‘s beers, there’s something unique about how this one is made.

The coffee comes from Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, Fairfield County’s first and only 100% USDA Certified Organic & Artisan Coffee Roaster. The ground coffee is combined with an oatmeal stout under pressure (as they say, “like espresso but without the steam”) using something called a “Brewnik” device. I tried to find more info, but all I know is that it’s German-built, which probably makes it efficient and punctual—two things I love in my weird beer/coffee making devices. Once mixed, it all steeps together for a few days, until it’s ready.

As for the taste, well, Brewmaster Phil Markowski did it to me again. The Espressway pours almost black, like any good coffee should, and the coffee aroma and flavor are both yoooge. It’s roasty and a little acidic, but there’s an underlying sweetness there yearning to break free. Add a bitter finish, and it’s nearly perfect. They brew this year-round, so go out and find it.

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