Today we tapped a radical new beer: Sleepless City, a 5.7% ABV brown ale loaded with our house roasted single origin Kenya Nyeri Othaya Peaberry coffee.
The Nyeri Peaberry is loaded with rich winey notes, citrus zest, and spice. It’s a beautiful coffee that highlights the complexity that makes Kenyan coffee so famous, and it really comes through in the beer. We dosed it the same way we do Black House (whole beans into cold beer for 48 hours), giving Sleepless City a crackin’ coffee aroma and robust but well-integrated coffee flavor.
The base brown ale is super tasty in its own right (we filled 4 kegs pre-coffee for fun side-by-sides), with prominent notes of toast, chocolate, and fresh bread. As with everything we do, we aimed for a harmonious union of these two complex flavors—rather than a sledgehammer of just one flavor—and we feel like we achieved it. The beer & coffee go marvelously together and are definitely greater than the sum of their parts.
Sleepless City is on-tap right now at the Fermentorium and will be tapped at the North Park Flavordome tomorrow. It’ll be available for growler fills at both tasting rooms tomorrow as well. We also have the Kenya Nyeri Othaya Peaberry cold press on-tap at the Lomaland Fermentorium (growler fills too), and you can also buy bags in-person or online.