To stumble upon a great beer is to have a new adventure, and that’s exactly what Founder’s Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers with their Breakfast Stout. The beer is aptly named, as it’s brewed with oats, bitter chocolates, and Kona coffee. It looks like an espresso in a beer glass, with a creamy, foamy head.
On first taste you get those notes of fresh roasted coffee, but that mellows to finish with a slight sweetness of oatmeal and dark chocolate. As complex and interesting as an Imperial Stout, but more medium-bodied (it doesn’t come with the heaviness typically associated with stout beers), it’s a beer for both worlds that satisfies beer nerds and 101-ers alike. I think it’s great for enjoying on its own, but it’s also awesome for pairing with food.
Go the extra distance and pour it in your chili to add a deep, roasted flavor; scoop vanilla ice cream in your pint glass for an adult ice cream float, or serve it instead of coffee at your next brunch. Does this all sound too good to be true? It is, a little, as Breakfast Stout is seasonal and only available from September to February. My advice: Stock up now and enjoy with all the hearty lumberjack breakfasts you’re eating through the winter, leftover Valentine’s Day chocolates, or sip it at your favorite beer-friendly restaurant with a steak or chocolate cake.
Lauren Tempera is an assistant editor at Martha Stewart Living and associate brand manager of Mad Hungry. She loves traveling, themed-entertaining, a good sandwich, and has the ultimate snack drawer in her desk. Follow her on Instagram: @laurenevelynanne.
(photo courtesy of Founder’s Brewing Company by Mitch Ranger)