Irving Farm Teams with Peak Organic Brewing to Create Coffee Beer

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My buddy Teresa von Fuchs emailed me to tell us about a super cool project Irving Farm Coffee Roasters is doing right now: collaborating with the Portland, Maine-based Peak Organic Brewing Co. to create a coffee beer!

New coffee beer coming atcha from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters and Peak Organic Brewing Co.

New coffee beer coming atcha from Irving Farm Coffee Roasters and Peak Organic Brewing Co.

Now, as I’ve said a million times, a love a good coffee beer—but there are few things as wretched as a bad coffee beer. Fortunately, when you have a roaster as well-respected and awesome as Irving Farm, you know they’ll settle for nothing less than the best. So the coffee beer’s gonna be great! I’m totally intrigued by this beer, which is an Espresso Amber Ale—so the darkness of espresso in an amber? Tell us more, Teresa!

The coffee used in the Espresso Amber Ale is from Las Capucas, a farm located in the dry, southwestern hills of Honduras. It's comprised of Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai, and Pacas, and is a washed processed coffee.

The coffee used in the Espresso Amber Ale is from Las Capucas, a farm located in the dry, southwestern hills of Honduras. It’s comprised of Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai, and Pacas, and is a washed processed coffee.

Peak founder Jon Cadoux reached out to Irving Farm, which is based in New York, because he wanted to work with a roaster whose meticulous sourcing and love of raw ingredients matched his company’s ethos, Teresa tells me. She says Irving Farm was thrilled to get the opportunity.

The Espresso Amber Ale is described as a robust and malty.

The Espresso Amber Ale is described as a robust and malty.

“He also wanted a coffee that was brighter and more complex than they’d worked with in the past,” Teresa says. “We suggested a coffee from one of our favorite coffee partners out of Honduras, the Capucas cooperative. The malty sweetness and orange zest acidity of this coffee harmonizes perfectly with the amber style of beer.

“We design beers to showcase a particular ingredient that we love, and we take pride in cultivating long-lasting relationships with the creators of those ingredients,” says Jon of Peak Organic Brewing Co., in a press release. “The only thing we enjoy nearly as much as beer, is coffee. For this year’s vintage of Espresso Amber Ale, we’re partnering with Irving Farm Coffee Roasters out of Millerton, New York. They source, roast and brew supremely delicious coffee, using an ethos that we are proud to support.  Their relationships with the growers of the beans are pretty remarkable, and it shows in the quality of the coffee.”

Overlooking the town of Capucas, where more than 80 families grow coffee—that same coffee that's used in the Espresso Amber Ale.

Overlooking the town of Capucas, where more than 80 families grow coffee—that same coffee that’s used in the Espresso Amber Ale.

The limited release beer launches this weekend at purveyors of fine beer across the country.
Also, this being the coffee industry and all, of course there’s going to be a party to celebrate the release of the beer! If you’re in New York on Friday, head to Irving Farm’s lower east side location at 88 Orchard Street from 6–10 p.m.! Enjoy some of this new coffee beer and mingle with the local community!

 

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Sarah

Sarah Allen is co-founder and editor of Barista Magazine, the international trade magazine for coffee professionals. A passionate advocate for baristas, quality, and the coffee community, Sarah has traveled widely to research stories, interact with readers, and present on a variety of topics affecting specialty coffee. She also loves animals, swimming, ice cream, and living in Portland, Oregon.