Tag: Tugboat Coffee

Mikerphone Brewing // Magical Mystery Kind Coffee Saison

Mikerphone Brewing // Magical Mystery Kind Coffee Saison

Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Kind—a beer that takes another bold leap forward in the coffee-infused beer market. Magical Mystery Kind is a saison produced by Chicago’s Mikerphone Brewing, that is brewed both with Tugboat Coffee’s cold-brewed Cascara and Ethiopian Natural Guji […]

TUGBOAT COFFEE // GUATEMALA FINCA EL INJERTAL

TUGBOAT COFFEE // GUATEMALA FINCA EL INJERTAL

Finca El Injertal is a family owned and operated estate located near the small town of La Democracia in the mountains of Huehuetenango, in the northwest region of Guatemala. Founded by Jose Olivio Chavez in the 1930’s, the farm has been producing high quality coffees […]

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.

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA // RAM Brewery & Tugboat Coffee Roasters

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA // RAM Brewery & Tugboat Coffee Roasters

  In a world-class city like Chicago—a city with a host of world-class breweries and roasteries—it’s easy to forget about the suburbs and their contributions to Illinois’s overall craft beverage scene. But in the town of Addison, just 45 minutes due West of Chicago, resides […]