Tag: Dark Matter Coffee Company

Local Option Bierwerker // Mourning Wood

Local Option Bierwerker // Mourning Wood

(EDITOR’S NOTE: I just want to start this article off by saying that I don’t know much of anything about this product other than what it tastes like. I reached out to Local Option on a few occassions via social media and email and never received answers […]

West Town Bakery // Dark Matter Coffee Chocolate Line

West Town Bakery // Dark Matter Coffee Chocolate Line

In the recent past, Chicago’s prized West Town Bakery made the decision to step up their coffee program in an effort to better reflect the pastries they had in their case—particularly their breakfast pastries, like the croissants and other laminated items. They also wanted to […]

It’s (Coffee)-IPA Day!

It’s (Coffee)-IPA Day!

 

Today is National IPA Day! Apparently!

In celebration, relive the magic of two recent Coffee IPA reviews:

BIG RED TUGBOAT COFFEE IPA // RAM BREWERY & TUGBOAT COFFEE ROASTERS

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA

 

I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but I was surprised to find that Big Red Tugboat was incredible. What this beer got right wasn’t just its flavor, though; its balance was absolutely spot on. It’s a very hoppy and citrus-heavy IPA, and the coffee element acts as a backbone to support it.

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA…? More like Big Red Tugboat IPAWESOME.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT COFFEE PALE ALE // ARCADE BREWERY & DARK MATTER COFFEE COMPANY

Arcade Brewery Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale

I experienced the Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale in three stages: 1) this beer is weird and it makes me feel weird and I don’t like it; 2) you know, this beer is a very complex and interesting experiment in coffee-infused beer brewing; 3) this beer is freaking delicious. The first few sips were—I’ll admit it—unappealing. But as I sipped on it more, the flavors developed and this beer really grew on me.

It’s different, it’s weird, it’s unorthodox, and it’s pretty damn good. No frills, no gimmicks. Just a very unique collaborative offering from two of the most different, weirdest, most unorthodox craft beverage producers in the City of Chicago.

Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale // Arcade Brewery

Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale // Arcade Brewery

The Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale collaboration comes from two of the most exciting Chicago-based craft beverage producers: Arcade Brewery and Dark Matter Coffee Company. The collaboration came about through a friendship between the two companies. The beer was part of Arcade’s Public Brew series, a quarterly beer where […]

Brickstone Brewery and Dark Matter Coffee Company // Dark Secret Imperial Stout

Brickstone Brewery and Dark Matter Coffee Company // Dark Secret Imperial Stout

Every Black Friday, Bourbonnais, Illinois’s Brickstone Brewery releases their signature Dark Secret—a Russian Imperial Stout brewed with a coffee variant. (Black Friday was, of course, several weeks ago now but I managed to find a holdout bottle at my local liquor store.) This year, Brickstone […]