Coffee Flavored Beers

coffee beersCoffee flavored beers have begun to soar in popularity with the rise of microbreweries and the craft beer movement.

Many of these beer craftsman have begun using coffee as way to give their brew a unique flavor and  a subtle hit of caffeine.

Traditional caffeinated beer had a short run until the FDA put a stop to it. However using natural coffee as the source for the caffeine is allowed.

10 Popular Coffee Flavored Beers

  1. At the Kona Brewery in Hawaii, they are brewing up Pipeline Porter with 100% Kona coffee grown on the Big Island. It is only available September through March.
  2. Black & Brew Coffee Stout from Samuel Adams. This beer is made with Sumatran coffee beans. Seasonal.
  3. Jahva Coffee Stout is made with Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Beans. Brewed in the Spring.
  4. From Wisconsin comes New Glarus Coffee Stout. It’s infused with cold pressed organic coffee.
  5. Hardywood Sidamo Coffee Stout is From Richmond, Virginia and made with locally roasted Ethiopia Sidamo beans. It’s available late winter.
  6. From San Diego comes Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea, a blend of whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. Seasonal.
  7. Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout  is another California beer made from freshly ground Sebastopol’s Hardcore Coffee. January- March.
  8. From Portland, Oregon comes Hopworks Organic Survival “7 Grain” Stout. Made with cold pressed Stumptown Coffee and brewed all year long.
  9. The Coffee Bender is from Surly Brewing company in Minnesota. The coffee is cold extracted and this beer is available all year long.
  10. On the East Coast is Cigar City’s Cubano Espresso Brown Ale . It is brewed with a heaping amount of Cubano-style espresso beans,vanilla, and cacao nibs. Seasonally.

Caffeine in Coffee Beer?

Yes, coffee beer does have caffeine in it, but determining an exact amount would be tricky without laboratory analysis.

Our best educated guess is that a coffee beer would have less than 50mg per 12 fl oz. since there is a lot of other ingredients in the brew besides coffee. Coffee is more of a flavoring as opposed to the main ingredient.

Also, it would be highly unlikely that anyone would overdose from coffee beer because these beers are usually stouts are dark Ales. These types of beers are very heavy and typically are very filling.

Most people would have 1 or 2 of these beers max depending on the serving size, which would be well below what is considered safe caffeine-wise.

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  • Hutch

    Why wait for that when you can easily get a nice Cappuccino Stout from the Lagunitas Brewery. (it’s prolly a lot cheaper too)

  • ben

    I’ve had it, the coffee flavor is not that strong. There are other coffee beers, though, that will get you buzzed and uh, buzzed. Stouts and porters with coffee are not uncommon.
    PS I got this beer in California.

  • chris

    i’ve had it last year, and i really enjoyed the pipeline porter. the coffee flavor is strong enough that it is definitely there, but this is still a beer with coffee flavor, not the other way around.
    i had it in washington, so i’m pretty sure they do a wider distribution that just hawaii, though it’ll probably be rare.
    also, a second for the lagunitas cappuccino stout. it’s pretty damn solid as well.

  • Helioprogenus

    As a resident of the Aloha state, let me tell you this is one of my favorite beers. Unfortunately, it’s a seasonal brew, and there’s not much to do in the downtime, but wait for when it’s available again. The coffee flavor is subtle, but palpable. It is a porter, and as such, is quite flavorful.

    There is another beer that has yet to be distributed across the mainland called Coconut Porter. It’s also a locally brewed beer (Maui Brewing Company), and except for the hops, all ingredients are locally grown. In fact, they’re currently experimenting on growing hops for their beers on the Big Island. This has a chocolate malt, with a hint of coconut, and a trace of coffee flavor.

  • Great beer – but very little caffeine. The total amount of caffeine is under 10g per bottle. Thre are some, however, like Twisted Pine and Great Divide brewing that pack a very serious caffeine whallop!

  • That must be one weird beer. I like coffee and beer is good too, but putting these two together is something my taste buds really can’t imagine.

  • joe

    ive heard of bilk (beer milk) but this is insane in a good way

  • Adam

    Try a beer called “coffee stout” by the Central Waters Brewing company in Wisconsin!

  • dickdolan

    10 grams of caffeine is enough to kill a human being. Literally.

    You might have just typoed and meant mg 🙂

Last Modified: November 17, 2017