As we pivot to light jacket season, the rebirth of Mexican Coffee at Brew Gentlemen guides stout lovers back to their comfort zone.
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Back in the fall of 2015, a friend of mine from ye olde Ohio was visiting me right here in Pittsburgh.
I took him to Brew Gentlemen for a beer. At that time, I had never been to Brew Gentlemen but I tried to play it cool.
“Mmhmm, welcome to Pittsburgh. This is par for the course on a typical weekend.”
We each ordered a draft pour of the Mexican Coffee stout; a fall seasonal beer.
What I remember most vividly about that day was the beer. I absolutely fell in love with Mexican Coffee, an incredibly flavorful, dark beer that balances the swinging temperatures of fall in western Pennsylvania. I look forward to its rebirth every year.
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Given that we've been flogging the IPA agenda quite voraciously this summer, we're excited to shift the focus over to something completely different. Mexican Coffee, our fall 'wild card', is one of our favorite beers to make and serve. This thick and creamy oatmeal stout with coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla pairs perfectly with the sense of confusion one feels as the thermometer begins picking numbers out of a hat. – As it was last year, Mexican Coffee is made with Deeper Roots Coffee's Losantiville Blend, a sweet and smoky dark roast blend with beans from Colombia and Malawi. We've been serving cold brew coffee made with @deeperrootsdrc beans by our pals at @caffedamorepgh in the taproom for a few months now, and we're excited to get it back into beer form. – #newbeer #pghbeer #mexican #coffee #mexicancoffee
ABV, volume XXXI
Mexican Coffee – available starting Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Brew Gentlemen
Beer Name: Mexican Coffee
Style / ABV: Oatmeal stout, 6.5% ABV
Why we recommend it: What Brew Gentlemen refers to as its fall wildcard beer, the Mexican Coffee oatmeal stout is a rich, creamy, draft-only beer whose reappearance in Braddock signals the transition to autumn. Registering at 6.5% ABV, it hits the sweet spot of strength and carries a stellar roundup of flavors all the way through your glass. Mexican Coffee is made using cinnamon, vanilla and coffee from the impact-driven team at Deeper Roots.
Per Deeper Roots, their Losantiville Blend (used in the brewing process of Mexican Coffee at BG) is “a sweet and smoky dark roast blend with beans from Guatemala and Tanzania.”
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Each of our coffee beers (our fall wild card, Mexican Coffee; its barrel-aged big brother, DoubleMex; and our winter wild card, Deep Breakfast) are made with Deeper Roots Coffee's Losantiville Blend, a combination of beans from Tanzania and Sumatra. – Deeper Roots (@deeperrootsdrc) is unique in their commitment to direct grower relationships. The company began as a non-profit organization created to provide consultation and development work for a group of farmers in Guatemala, who had begun completely processing all of their own coffee with Deeper Roots' help. – Because of Deeper Roots’ above-and-beyond commitment to quality and their proximity to Pittsburgh, the coffee we receive from them is obscenely fresh – often shipped to us the day after it's roasted. Fresher coffee makes for more vibrant flavors, so don't miss the newest batch of our fall coffee stout, Mexican Coffee, on tap this week. – #mexicancoffee #deeperroots #fallseasonals #wildcard #oatmealstout
When is it available: Mexican Coffee joins the Brew Gentlemen lineup Wednesday, Sept. 4.
How is it served: This beer is draft-only. Enjoy a 6-oz or 12-oz pour in the BG taproom OR fill your growler for takeout and share with friends.
Where is it available: Brew Gentlemen (Braddock)
Honorable Mention Beer: Blanks & Postage (English mild, 4.5% ABV). During last weekend’s Garden Party – held at BG Open Air, Brew Gentlemen’s outdoor space located behind the brewery – the Blanks & Postage was an absolute hit among my friends and I. An English mild ale, it caught our curiosity but our key takeaway was its light, refreshing qualities that paired exceptionally well with the food trucks on hand.
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The quarterly changing of the seasonal guard began last week with the release of Kanso and Mexican Coffee, our fall IPA and wild card. This week, the trio is made whole with the addition of Kabuto, our fall double IPA. – Kanso is named for the Japanese aesthetic principle of simplicity, the idea that beauty comes from identifying that which is truly essential and eliminating all else. Made with El Dorado, Citra, and Chinook hops, this 6.2% American IPA features flavors of pear, watermelon, bright citrus, and biscuity malt. – Taproom favorite Mexican Coffee holds the office of fall wild card. This rich and creamy oatmeal stout is made with cinnamon, vanilla, and @deeperrootsdrc coffee beans. – Kabuto is a dank and resinous yet bright and tropical double IPA solely featuring the unique Ekuanot hop varietal. The aroma is like a freshly-popped ziplock of sticky-icky that gives way to a fruit-forward burst of guava, apple, and papaya. Kabuto – the Japanese word for the characteristic horned helmets worn by samurai – lends its name to the kabutomushi, or Japanese rhinoceros beetle, featured in its logo. – #fallseasonals #pghbeer #seasonalrelease #kabuto #mexicancoffee #kanso #doublipa #coffeebeer #americanipa
Visiting Brew Gentlemen
First Time Visitor?
Parking: BG’s free parking lot is unmistakably marked by the large General Braddock’s IPA mural. The brewery’s flagship IPA and its accompanying logo are emblazoned on the side of the building. You literally can’t miss it as you approach Brew Gentlemen along Braddock Avenue, where it intersects with Fifth Street.
Bus: Take the 61A or the 61B. Pickup and drop-off are within one block of the brewery.
Food: Brew Gentlemen is open Wednesday through Sunday every week. It offers a fantastic rotation of food trucks on those days. Visit the food section of Brew Gentlemen’s website for their weekly mobile food lineup.