Beer or coffee? Soon you wont have to choose.
By JOYCE SMITH
The Kansas City Star
Two Kansas City companies - Boulevard Brewing Co. and The Roasterie have teamed up on a new beer, Coffee Ale, which will be on store shelves in early March. The businesses neighbors on the citys west side - began testing samples in late September and the final limited-edition beer was put in kegs and in 750 ml bottles in late January.
Unlike some coffee beers that are dark and heavy, the new Boulevard beer is a lighter beer with a coffee aroma made by seeping a coarsely-ground light Ethiopian roast into Boulevard ale. It will be part of the Boulevard Smokestack series and is expected to retail for between $8.99 and $10.99.
It has a lighter base so the coffee itself could shine through. The freshly roasted beans were used in the fermentation process to give the beer as much of a coffee aroma as possible, said Jeremy Ragonese, director of marketing for Boulevard. We expect the beer to pair fantastically with desserts or even a doughnut if one is so inclined.
Boulevard previously partnered with Kansas City-based chocolatier Christopher Elbow on a Chocolate Ale for Valentines specials in 2011 and 2012.
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