|Dayman by Stone/Two Brothers/Aleman|
Coffee stout? Bring it on. Coffee porter? No problem. In fact, the very first World Beer Cup Gold Medal beer I ever sipped was an Espresso Stout by Thunderhead Brewing. Dark beers and coffee go hand-in-hand.
But a coffee IPA? Now you're just messing with us. Citra, Cascade, and coffee? There's no way those flavors can balance out. Right?
At least, that was the first thought I had when I heard about this beer a few months ago. But the more I read about Dayman Coffee IPA building up to its release this week, the more I wanted to believe. I decided to take advantage of a unique situation; the pre-release party for Dayman being held only a few miles from home.
I pulled up to Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville a few minutes prior to the 1pm start time for the day's events. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. With Stone's own Greg Koch in town for the event and a chance to meet all of the brewers involved, I thought there could be quite a crowd. Instead, I found the tap house busy, but not overrun. I ended up grabbing a table, meeting up with a few new friends, and waiting for the festivities to begin.
|Straight from the Tap|
The result is something truly unique. While most coffee stouts and porters pour thick and black, Dayman fills the glass with a rich amber and light head. But don't let its color fool you. The coffee is first and foremost in this brew, upfront and powerful, lending its roasted flavors across the entire sip from start to finish. The hops slide somewhere in between, reminding you that this is an IPA, but never muddling or confusing the tongue.
|Stone Brewing Company's Greg Koch with fans @beerchick14 and @beernick.|
|Jason and Jim Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing Company|
But you could also tell this party was just the beginning. A week full of events lay before these guys, from the full-fledged release party at Hopleaf on Monday to several events around the city throughout this week, Dayman's release was no one-day affair. No, one single party could never contain the Dayman, or the brewers who came together to create such an interesting beer.
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