Tag: Chicago

“Craft Coffee: A Manual” // Jessica Easto

“Craft Coffee: A Manual” // Jessica Easto

Thanks to a small but growing number of dedicated farmers, importers, roasters, and baristas, coffee quality is at an all-time high. But for nonprofessionals, achieving café quality at home can seem out of reach. With dozens of equipment options, conflicting information on how to use […]

Halftwit Coffee Roasters // Colombia La Laguna

Halftwit Coffee Roasters // Colombia La Laguna

It’s no secret why Colombian coffees grown in the department of Huila are highly prized – bright yet structured acidities and velvety mouthfeel combine to create a beautifully balanced cup. They remain approachable enough for the everyday drinker, but complex enough for those seeking something unique. […]

Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Shrub Tundra is an American Brown Ale, infused with coffee from Half Acre’s longtime collaborators, Dark Matter Coffee Company. The coffee was grown on the slopes of Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, in Atitlan, Guatemala.

Whenever these two giants of Chicago-based imbibery get together, magic happens, so I was very excited to see this bottle on the NEW RELEASES shelf of my local liquor store.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale, from Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

style: American Brown Ale
abv: 6.3%
ibu: 28
color: Dark Brown
stemware: Tulip

CUPPINGNOTES

Pouring the beer into my tulip, Shrub Tundra is a really great looking beer. It has a dark brown color; mahogany around the edges in light. Ample light brown foam (nearly a three-finger height) with tightly packed bubbles, excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is subdued but nicely balanced. Medium roast coffee on the nose, with earthy and floral notes. The coffee is not overpowering, though the malt possesses some strong characteristics with notes of chocolate and toasted biscuit.

The taste is quite similar, with the coffee pushing forward somewhat stronger than it did in the aroma. The malt and chocolate character still comes through, with a lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. A medium body, moderate carbonation, and smooth, creamy texture. Dry and aforementioned lingering bitterness of the finish.

Overall, this is a really nice brown ale that I would happily seek out again.

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Mikerphone Brewing // Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #4

Mikerphone Brewing // Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #4

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Metric Coffee // Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot

Metric Coffee // Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot

The Burundi province of Kayanza consists of a series of rolling hills. High altitude and plenty of rain are a constant in this region, but the area enjoys a great diversity in flavor attributed to each hill’s micro-climate. Ninga Hill refers to a specific lot […]