Coffee Flavoured Beer Anyone?

Brads Coffee Stout

Published at 7:40am 23rd February 2017. (Updated at 7:10am 24th February 2017)

A Dorset craft brewery has come up with the unique recipe after being inspired by a recent visit to Finca coffee shop in Dorchester.

When Bradley Ware, of Gyle 59, a regular at Finca in Great Western Road, Dorchester, started talking beer, the owners of the specialty coffee shop started to listen. 

Bradley decided to buy a few of their roasted beans to experiment making a ‘coffee beer’.  He tried a few different recipes until he had the confidence to brew a batch of 1,600 litres at Gyle 59, Dorset's award winning craft brewer based near Thorncombe.

The stout included an Agustino Forest specialty coffee from Colombia, roasted specifically for Gyle 59 on Finca's small batch roaster at the Dorchester shop.  "We wanted to give Brad a coffee with enough punch for a stout, and our full bodied Agustino Forest Coffee with cocoa and caramel characteristics fitted the bill", explained Don Iszatt of Finca.

Brad's Coffee Stout, named after Bradley, is a gentle stout with a subtle and refreshing coffee aroma and taste, weighing in at 4.5% ABV.  Gyle 59 was quietly confident that this stout would be welcomed by both the beer and coffee drinking communities, of which there is significant crossover. 

"Having recently been converted to coffee by the fantastic staff at Finca in Dorchester, it made sense to try combining it with beer. I thought the roasty and chocolatey characteristics of a stout would marry perfectly with excellent coffee." says Bradley Ware.

The first incarnation of Brad's Coffee Stout appeared at our West Country Beer Festival in October, held at Cellar 59 in Lyme Regis.  "To our delight, it was the first beer to sell out", says Ware.

And when Dorchester Round Table contacted Gyle 59 for a beer to submit to the Dorchester Beerex, which took place at the beginning of February, Gyle 59 suggested a keg of Brad's Coffee Stout.  Dorchester Beerex was a huge success again this year with some 87 different beers available over the two day festival at Dorchester's Corn Exchange.  And when voting finished at the end of the festival, Gyle 59 was amazed to find that their beer was placed 2nd in "Beer of the Festival."

As a result of the success of the Dorchester Beerex and early take up from local establishments before the festival, Gyle 59 are currently in the process of producing another batch of Brad's Coffee Stout, again using a specialty grade coffee from Finca.

Whilst the first batch of coffee was produced on Finca's small batch roaster at the shop, it has since installed a new larger roaster in its coffee roastery at The Grove in  Dorchester. 

"As coffee is a seasonal product, we will be roasting a lovely natural Santa Barbara, a specialty coffee from Brazil, for Brad this time on our recently installed 10kg roaster" explains Don Iszatt.  And Finca's new roastery means that it can start supplying coffee on a much larger scale.  "Our new facility means we can roast up to 300kg a day", says Iszatt.

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