• Surly Coffee Bender! Posted on December 08, 2013

    Surly Coffee Bender! BEER??? Surly's Bender brown ale that is cold-steeped in Guatemalan coffee beans.

    No surprise, the first thing to leap out after a hard pour of Coffee Bender (do not drink it from the can!) is an intensely coffee-forward nose. What makes the beer interesting is that it is not a porter or stout — the most common vehicle for coffee beer. This is brown ale, which means Coffee Bender has a relatively light body. But where brown ales often veer sweet, Coffee Bender heads into that roasted coffee sensation before arriving at a curveball: hops. Coffee Bender claims a healthy 45 on the scale of International Bitterness Units, which adds a second, hoppy snap to the equation. It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind, multilayered hybrid beer. The coffee and hops flavors in this beer degrade severely over time, so do not cellar this beer. Drink it fresh, and keep it cold.

    more info here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/ct-food-1204-beer-o-month-20131204,0,2267212.story

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