Breakfast Beverages

Oats, chocolate and coffee, a proper breakfast, but why waste time and dirty the pots when you could consume a delicious and nutritious drink instead?!  Screw the taboo of drinking alcohol in the morning, it’s a social construct.  Instead, have a hearty supper, set the table with a glass, bottle opener and a good book, and get a reasonably early night.  Come the morning and at your leisure, amble downstairs and fill your boots/slippers!

Breakfast Stouts are just that, they’re a not-so-petit-dejeuner.  I haven’t tried too many myself and have never drunk one in accordance with the blatant and literal beer style guidance.  If it wasn’t for their imperial abv they would have it all, however unless you commute to your job at the mattress testing factory by foot, it’s not recommended that you kick-start the day with a glass of massive booze.

Google “breakfast stout” and you’ll see a top twenty made up almost entirely of  links related to Founders Brewing Company.  I can only assume this is due to them brewing two fine examples in Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout (note to self, don’t try referring to Breakfast Stout as an acronym).  I haven’t had the fortune of trying these, but have had excellent examples in Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast, which I drank in the evening and have a bottle of Mikkeller’s Beer Hop Breakfast ready for New Year’s Day.  There must be a few to try, what else should I be looking out for? (preferably ones that I can get hold of).

Confession time.  I started writing this post thinking I had come up with a new beer style, perhaps a move to a two course beer breakfast, alas the Breakfast IPA already exists.  As the disappointment subsided I drew a conclusion that any beer could be drunk at breakfast time…right?  That way you could choose your tipple, rather than being ‘forced’ to drink a beer with ‘breakfast’ on the label.  “Dodgy ground!” I hear you say…  “Whatever next!, sprouts for breakfast?!“.  Anyway, as this post fizzles out like a cheap sparkler, I bid you a Happy Christmas and a responsibly inebriated New Year!

There is a rather nice tradition upheld by a few of my homebrewing friends, brewing a beer on New Year’s Day.  I’ll be spending that day with my wife and kids (and bottle of Mikkeller), but I will be brewing my version early in January.  What with my experimental brews, plans for collaboration and all the other ideas I keep having, it’s safe to say I have lots of homebrewing plans afoot, so here’s to 2013!

3 thoughts on “Breakfast Beverages

  1. I for one am a big fan of the concept of breakfast beers. Whilst by no means a way to start every day (unless you live in the local park), there is no more satisfying a beginning for your all-too-rare sloth days than getting stuck into an exceptional beer of high gravity. I’m not sure that an IIPA is right for breakfast though, I’m more conservative in my tastes and will stick with the traditional RIS for now – what could be more breakfasty than those lovely coffee and chocolate notes with that warming go-back-to-bed alcohol glow?

    As for recommendations, you could do a lot worse than cellaring a nice little 660 of Stone Imperial Russian Stout for a year or two and cracking it open on your birthday. Or maybe a delicious fruit-cakey Belgian Quadrupel (Straffe Hendrik for example) for your wedding anniversary. Personally, I shall be savouring a bottle of Mikkeller “Santa’s Little Helper” whilst opening my presents on Christmas morning, enabling me to whoop with genuine delight at the sight of a hand-knitted festive cardie from me nan.

    Spreading the joy with breakfast beer 😉

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