It’s not just stouts for breakfast anymore (though who can resist a maple/chocolate/coffee beer to start the morning?); breakfast beers now include Belgian dubbels, rauchbiers and even tart farmhouse ales. Here are seven to try this fall:
1. Listermann FriarBacon Smoked Bock: Bacon-lovers will drool over the hammy, smoky bacon flavor that kicks off this sip; it lightens into sweet caramel and toast, hallmarks of the bock style.
2. Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast: This coffee and smoked oatmeal stout hits you like a jolt of seriously strong joe, with shake-you-awake roast running front to back.
3. CIB Brewery Morningwood Sour Breakfast Ale: Perfect for your arty, avant-garde brunch, this sour farmhouse ale has an unusual twist, thanks to coffee bean additions. It starts off brightly with sweet berry and puckering tartness, before coffee surfaces in an earthy finish.
4. Lefty’s Big Brekkie Breakfast Stout: Practically breakfast in a bottle, Big Brekkie’s brewed with coffee, chocolate nibs, maple syrup and bacon: It’s smooth as can be, with creamer sweetness and bacon smoke in the finish.
5. Aardwolf Early Bird Special Whiskey Barrel Aged Floridian Breakfast Stout: Brewed with vanilla beans, cinnamon and coffee and aged in oak whiskey barrels, this seasonal brew’s deliciously sweet and coffee-forward, like a French vanilla cappuccino. Though the whiskey flavor is front and center, the alcohol is barely there, making it deceptively drinkable.
6. Terrapin W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout: This coffee-spiked stout is the perfect mocha replacement: Firm roast rides the chocolatey sip and lasts into a bitter finish with a touch of alcohol spice, just hinting at its big 9.4% ABV.
7. St. Benedict’s Breakfast Dubbel: Brewed with cocoa nibs and coffee, this Belgian dubbel’s sweet raisin and fruity fig nosedive into dark chocolate and fresh coffee roast.
And, of course, if you haven’t tried Founders Breakfast Stout, well, what are you waiting for? Says Founders brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki: “I love morning drinking. I keep it to weekends because of work, of course, but the morning beer buzz is my favorite. You could have coffee, but if you want something more, Founders Breakfast Stout is cold and carbonated with those great breakfast flavors of chocolate and oats.”