Coffee Beer Collaborations: Groundwork Coffee Teams Up With Portland Breweries
What drinks are more Portland than beer and coffee? How about one that combines these two treasured beverages. The California based Groundwork Coffee is teaming up with a number of popular Portland based breweries to brew coffee beers. If you have not heard of Groundwork Coffee they are new to Oregon. Last year they acquired long time Portland based roasting company Kobos Coffee.
As the new kid on the block, Groundwork wants to build closer ties to their local community here in Portland. Last week I had the privilege of attending a media preview of Groundwork's first collaboration with Stormbreaker Brewing. Their creation, Mocabe Lo Sabem a Coffee and Cream Ale that features single orgin coffee beans from Groundwork that are sourced from Mocabe Organic Farmer Co-Op in Chiapas region of Mexico.
This beer has a luxurious bouquet of bittersweet chocolate and organic coffee, with creamy, full bodied mouthfeel from flaked wheat, flaked oats, and lactose. Subtle brown sugar sweetness is imparted by the light roast of the organic Mexico coffee beans, combined with the malt backbone of American 2 row barley. It's balanced with NW Cascade and Willamette hops. - Description provided by Groundwork Coffee and Stormbreaker Brewing.
I really enjoyed how the coffee did not overpower the flavor of the beer and how drinkable it was. In comparing it to several other beers on tap it spoke to me the most. Often coffee beers can be like drinking a cup of coffee. Don't get me wrong that is not a bad thing, it is just nice to explore different strengths of coffee flavor in various beer styles.
Starting last week through Wednesday December 13th, 2017, $1 from each of this special collaboration beer sold at the brewery will be donated to Café Femenino Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that funds community betterment grant requests proposed and managed by women in coffee-producing regions around the world. Groundwork Coffee's next collaboration will be in early 2018 with Burnside Brewing. Expect another tasteful coffee beer benefiting another worthy cause.
If you can't get enough of coffee beers like me, then consider attending one of Portland's coffee beer themed fest next year including, The Baker's Dozen Coffee & Doughnuts Fest (March 11th, 2018) and the NW Coffee Beer Invitational (January 27th, 2018).