I remember drinking really high-end coffee stouts many years ago, but I thought they went by the wayside. Apparently they’re back, stronger than ever. Kona coffee stouts and Sumatra porters abound, and the perception of alcohol and caffeine as dangerous rather than bed buddies is catching the eyes and ears of the FDA, according to this Washington Post article by Greg Kitsock.
Personally, this is where the government, both federal and local, needs to recognize breweries as something all together different than those who brew and sell alcopops and other gimmicky drinks meant more for producing party feelings than the sophisticated and complex structures of craft beer.
If you read to the end of the article, you’ll find a line about one of my favorite breweries. But I have to say that what Mikkeller does take a bit of a risk here in that while it’s OK to associate coffee and beer, their version might be stretching the imagination of many beer drinkers a little too much.